All Animals, 2008/2010

Courtesy the artist

Multi-channel audio work encoded for 47 channel The Morning Line Sound System
30 min
Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

Faraway melodies floating in and out from places we feel are familiar but do not recognize. Is it singing? Is it piano? Is it the animals and trees creaking about in the wind? There is magic within the stillness. . . . We long to start over, use all that is around us to build new beginnings. For some this is the end, but for us it is a second chance, a hope to create harmony and endless possibilities. . . . All Animals is a piece of music composed for The Morning Line. It was written and recorded during September 2008 in Reykjavik, Iceland, with acoustic instruments, primarily piano, voice, and animal sounds. – the artists

Jón Þór Birgisson: *1975 in Iceland 
Alex Somers: *1984 in Baltimore, USA 
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