Icelandic producer and composer VALGEIR SIGURÐSSON (b. 1971) created music from his
youth, initially studying classical guitar in
his native Iceland before earning a Tonmeister
degree from London’s SAE Institute.
Valgeir is the founder of the Bedroom Community
record label and Greenhouse Studios
in Reykjavík, where he has established an
influential sonic signature with recording
techniques that push the boundaries of
contemporary and neo-classical music
In 1998 he was hired by Björk as engineer
and programmer for Lars Von Trier’s Dancer
in the Dark soundtrack, a monumental
project that combined Valgeir’s passion
for electronic, orchestral, and film music.
Valgeir’s musical relationship as one of
Björk’s primary studio collaborators from
1998 to 2006 thrived through contributions
to her albums Selmasongs, Vespertine,
Medúlla, and Drawing Restraint 9.
His scores, frequently incorporating
electronics with acoustic instruments,
have been performed by the likes of the
Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Alarm Will
Sound, Crash Ensemble, Chiara Quartet,
City of London Sinfonia, and Nordic Affect.
Works for theater and dance include music
for s Falk Richter and James Darcy and
choreographers Stephen Petronio, Pieter C.
Scholten, and Emio Greco. Valgeir has also
written music for film and TV, including the
environmental documentary Dreamland.
Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists, Valgeir’s
opera based on text by Canadian poet
a.rawlings, was staged at the Reykjavík
Arts Festival in 2014. Scored for three
singers; Alexi Murdoch, Sasha Siem, and
Ásgerður Júníusdóttir, WSfL won the Music
Theatre Now 2016 award.
A prolific collaborator, he constantly
works with others, having produced and
mixed every Bedroom Community release
as well as participating in production of
albums with musicians such as Bonnie
“Prince” Billy, Feist, Anohni (Antony Hegarty),
Tim Hecker, CocoRosie, Sasha Siem,
and Damon Albarn. Furthermore, his
mastering credits include Oneohtrix
Point Never, Alarm Will Sound, and yMusic,
to name a few.
In all of his projects, Valgeir bends and
blends familiar sounds to expose the new
within the known, lending depth to pop
and mainstream music through care and
an ear for esoteric, eclectic sonic experimentation.
His aural oeuvre and collaborative
contributions collide organic with
synthetic, acoustic with digital, connection
with isolation, and domestic with ethereal –
resulting in a body of work ripe with emotion,
curiosity, and humanity.