Forma is working with Jóhann Jóhannsson in collaboration with Bill Morrison on a new commission for BRASS: Durham International Festival 2010.
Using film footage from the Northern Region Film and Television Archive, Morrison will weave together a film about life in local mining communities, set to a specially composed sound score by Jóhannsson.
Jóhann Jóhannsson is an Icelandic musician, composer, producer and an active member of Iceland’s artistic community: he founded the Kitchen Motors label / think tank / art collective, is a founding member of Apparat Organ Quartet and has collaborated on many projects.
His first two solo records – Englabörn (2002) and Virthulegu Forsetar (2004) – were released by Touch. In 2005, Jóhannson was signed to 4AD and produced the album IBM 1401, A User's Manual (2006) and later, Fordlândia (2008).
As part of Apparat Organ Quartet he has featured at the Roskilde festival, London's ICA, the Holland festival, New York's Central Park Summerstage and Pompidou Center in Paris. He has also produced and written music with other artists including Marc Almond, Barry Adamson, Pan Sonic, and many others.
His music has been featured in several films including Wicker Park (Paul McGuigan, 2004), Opium, Diary of a Madwoman (Janos Szazs, 2007), Voleur de Cheveaux (Micha Wald, 2007) and he has composed music for no fewer than six feature films in his native Iceland. He has recently composed scores for the award-winning animator Marc Craste (Varmints, 2008) and the American independent film Personal Effects (David Hollander, 2008).
In addition to the feature films, Jóhannsson has written music for numerous documentaries, theatre productions and several contemporary dance works.
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