Now My Course Is Tough
ísl. Nú erum torvelt
2020
Performative videowork for an accordionist and a bed
82 minutes

Nú erum torvelt is systematically based on the poem Sonatorrek (Loss of Sons) by Egill Skallagrímsson. Each letter in the Icelandic alphabet represents a note in Db minor and a few accidentals at random. The notational system was then bound to all 25 verses of Sonatorrek, with each beat rendered as one beat and the spaces between each word as rests. This results in disparate but regular tonal clusters, embodying Egill's complex sorrow.

Performed by Jónas Ásgeir Ásgeirsson
Sound engineer: Guðmundur Ari Arnalds
Editing: KAM Film

Commissioned by Young Nordic Music Iceland