This musical video piece, Eins og sagt er ( or "As they say” in English) was Ólöf Arnalds graduation project from the Icelandic Art Academy's music department. She is presently working on her second solo album to follow up 2007's Við og við. Here is what Ólöf has to say about the piece:
“In the summer of 2005 I interviewed 17 people of different nationalities that all had in common to be living in New York. My intention was to get to know peoples attitudes towards their origin, their mother tongue and inquire about the meaning of music in their lives. Those 17 individuals also compiled few sentences in their own language that dealt with music and read them out loud for me. I owe these people an eternal debt of gratitude. The Icelandic I sing in the final section of the piece is a part of a poem by my father, Einar S. Arnalds, which later became the last song of my album, Við og við. In composing the melodies I mainly worked from the rhythm of the sentences as my interlocutors spoke them. Therefore this piece is in great part theirs rather than mine which left me with the task of changing their words into music which is then played together in unison.”
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