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international festival
of digital creativity
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Édition 19
2226.08
2018
Montréal
Québec
Canada

Yagya IS

Nocturne 5
August 26, 2018, 21:00 - 03:00
Live - Canadian premiere: 22:45 - 00:05
Who
Icelandic producer Aðalsteinn Guðmundsson, also known as Plastic, Rhythm Of Snow, Tree and Zitron, and in duo Sanasol
Style
Enchanted dub techno, moody ambient soundscapes, sparkling synth washes
Labels
Delsin, X/OZ, Sending Orbs, Thule Records
Latest
Fifth Force EP (2018), Rigning (ré-édition 2018), Stars and Dust (2016)
More
In 2014, Rob Modell’s Deepchord project redesigned/remixed all the tracks from Yagya’s 2006 album Will I Dream During The Process?
Links
FACT Interview
Interview Yagya
Soundcloud
Yagya
Bandcamp

There's some Icelandic magic to Yagya's style of atmospheric dub techno: steady undercurrents of echoing dark bass give way to the sound of rain and crickets, composerly flourishes of piano and synth arcs, each harmonic detail painting an ethereal northern soundscape.

A member of the Thule Musik collective, a label emblematic of Iceland's underground minimal techno movement in the late '90s and early '00s, he formed duo Sanasol with label co-founder Thor (often called “the Godfather of Icelandic Techno.”) A former computer science student at the University of Iceland and software developer, Yagya turned to making emotion-driven music—nature sounds, piano and all—entirely by computer. Taking dub techno as his blueprint, Guðmundsson has developed an amplified ambient approach with enriched melodies and a resonant emotional core, adding glitch, field recordings and fuzzed out crowd noises to round his tracks into mood-driven organic experiences. His recently remastered Rigning offers a slow burn of long dubby grooves coated in the meditative sound of rain and synth thunder, while later releases brought in sounds of spring and a hypnotic piano. Yagya's latest travels deeper and faster into cinematic atmospheres, resolute and driving or awash in extended fuzzed out chords.

Live, Yagya builds his soundscapes like stories, drawing audiences into their mood-shifting depths. From a springtime Resident Advisor curated stage at Sónar Reykjavík 2018, to the heat of this year's closing program at MUTEK, Yagya's rhythmic ambient magic stands out in enchanted dub-inclined sets.

 

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