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Music for Katla

KTLA 02:27
Anda Þinn Guð (feat. Hatis Noit) 02:00
Resurgentis 04:40
Elí 03:47
Aequillibrium 06:49
Andardráttur Myrkrahöfðingjans 04:11
Gratandi Jeg thig Beiði (feat. Eron Thor Jónsson) 02:22
Tactus 04:35
Boðorð 02:37
Larva 04:51
Tryptic 02:25
Vivus 03:46
Elegy (feat. Hallveig Rúnarsdottir) 02:40
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Icelandic composer Högni‘s score for the much-acclaimed Netflix’s series Katla will see its full release on July 28.

The series takes place in Iceland, after the subglacial volcano Katla has been erupting constantly for a whole year, the main character Gríma is still looking for her missing sister who disappeared the day the eruption started. As her hope of ever finding her body is fading, the residents of the surrounding area start to have visits from unexpected guests. There might be something hidden under the glacier no one could ever have foreseen.

Speaking about the score, Högni says: “when I was asked by Baltasar [Kormákur] – the director and show creator – I started writing so when the filming was finished, I had already written a number of pieces for the show. As relatively inexperienced in the field I imagined that my work was finished and the rest was a matter of post-production and music editing. However it immediately became clear that my ambitions and the nature of the project called for second, third and fourth wind in order to fulfil the auditory architecture that needed to be built.”

Realising it was a monumental task, Högni kept a strict schedule every day – writing and arranging in the morning; recording and mixing in the afternoon; presenting to the producer each evening – to then repeat the process the following day.

The score was written and partly recorded in Högni’s own studio, where he and his collaborators consisting of Tóti Guðnason, Inga Magnes, Petter Ekman, Þórunn Ósk and Sigurgeir found themselves working in a completely different way than they’ve done before, due to the nature of the project: “we worked the music out of my studio in Reykjavík, where a healthy number of musicians rotated through at the pace of an average ice cream parlour on a long summers evening in Reykjavík. The urgency of delivering cues and material left one in the state of instinctual execution at all hours without hesitation.”

The score was recorded with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daníel Bjarnason at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík.

Music for Katla is released on July 28 as a limited edition vinyl on Erased Tapes, and digitally via Netflix.


All tracks composed by Högni Egilsson

Track 2 co-written with Hatis Noit

Track 5 co-written with Thorvaldur Doddi Thorvaldsson

Published by Erased Tapes Music and Maisie Anthems

Tracks 1, 3, 6 and 10 performed by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daníel Bjarnason

Tracks 8, 12 and 13 performed by Þórunn Ósk Marinósdóttir and Sigurgeir Agnarsson

Track 2 performed by Hatis Noit, Áslákur Ingvarsson and Steinunn Arnbjörg Stefánsdóttir

Track 4 performed by Joaquin Páll Palomares and the Budapest Art Orchestra, conducted by Högni Egilsson

Track 5 performed by Thorvaldur Doddi Thorvaldsson and Högni Egilsson

Track 7 performed by Eron Thor Jónsson and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Track 9 performed by Hamrahlíðarkórinn, conducted by Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir

Track 11 performed by Högni Egilsson

Track 13 performed by Hallveig Rúnarsdottir, Þórunn Ósk Marinósdóttir and Sigurgeir Agnarsson

Tracks 1, 3, 6, 7, 8 and 10 recorded by Sveinn Kjartansson at Harpa Concert Hall

Tracks 2, 5 and 11 recorded by Högni Egilsson at HEX studios

Track 4 recorded by Högni Egilsson at HEX studios and Miklós Lukács at Magyar Rádió, Budapest

Track 9 recorded by Bergur Þórisson at Háteigskirkja

Tracks 8, 12 and 13 recorded by Tóti Guðnason at HEX studios

All tracks orchestrated by Högni Egilsson with the exception of tracks 1, 3, 6 and 10 orchestrated by Petter Ekman

Produced by Högni Egilsson

Production assistant: Tóti Guðnason

Music editor: Inga Magnes Weisshappel

Score supervisor: Emily Appleton Holley

Executive producer: Robert Raths

Mastered by Zino Mikorey

Lacquer cut by Andreas Kauffelt at Schnittstelle, Berlin

Design by Robert Raths

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