New track featuring his ground-breaking ‘Stratus Pianos'
BRAND NEW MUSIC VIDEO
BAFTA winning artist, composer, musician and producer Ólafur Arnalds has unveiled his new track ‘re:member' featuring his ground-breaking new software, Stratus, which transforms the humble piano into a unique new instrument. It is released today Friday April 6 along with a brand new music video. Ólafur will be performing The Stratus Pianos across the world later this year, including a sold-out date at London's Royal Albert Hall and New York City's Le Poisson Rouge on June 30 (full US tour dates below).
The Stratus Pianos are two self-playing, semi-generative player pianos and the centrepiece of Ólafur's new works. The custom-built software controlling the pianos is the result of two years of work by Ólafur and audio developer Halldór Eldjárn. The algorithms generated from Stratus also helped create the innovative artwork for ‘re:member'.
Ólafur's uplifting new music uses the Stratus Pianos as well as string quartet, synths, electronics and drums. It flows from beautiful piano chords through to shimmering string harmonies into a thrilling electronic finale. The beats were co-produced by Bngrboy.
The music video, which was shot by Icelandic director Thora Hilmarsdottir, provides a new insight into the music. Olafur says, "The video touches on elements of masculinity and how men communicate their feelings. But also the hope and joy we can find in each other when we manage to connect with each other or something that we share."
The Stratus Pianos are predominantly a compositional tool which act as a catalyst for creation and inspire a change in the artistic process. They give instant feedback that jolt the composer's creative thinking and force him to make new, often surprising, creative choices. Playing the piano then becomes playing with the piano!
In a live setting the pianos are an integral part of the performance due to their generative nature – every time they are played has a different outcome, making every performance entirely unique.
Ólafur will be unveiling the Stratus Pianos later this year as part of a huge worldwide tour – performing over 40 shows, including London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall on May 14th. The show sold out within days, off the back of a single social post from Ólafur. His performances will bring together past, present and brand new material in a fresh light.
Ólafur says, "I'm very excited about going on tour again for the first time in three years. So far we have announced the European part of our tour this fall but more dates and countries to follow soon."