Apparat Organ Quartet
|Apparat Organ Quartet|
Apparat Organ Quartet at Iceland Airwaves 2006
|Labels||12 Tónar, Skelt Music, Crunchy Frog Records|
|Associated acts||Jóhann Jóhannsson, múm, Slowblow, Sigur Rós, Trabant|
|Website||Apparat Organ Quartet on Facebook|
Arnar Geir Ómarsson|
Sighvatur Ómar Kristinsson
Hailing from Reykjavík, Iceland and founded in 1999, Apparat Organ Quartet is a band that originally included the musicians Hörður Bragason, Músikvatur, Úlfur Eldjárn and Jóhann Jóhannsson. They were soon joined by drummer Þorvaldur Gröndal, replaced in 2001 by Arnar Geir Ómarsson, drummer of the Icelandic rock band HAM. Lacking the time to dedicate himself to the group because of his solo projects, Jóhann Jóhannsson left the band in 2012; he died in February 2018.
The band was originally conceived by Jóhann Jóhannsson as a collaborative project for a concert series curated by Kitchen Motors, a record label and art collective founded by Jóhannsson, Hilmar Jensson and Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir.
The band's sound has evolved from the atmospheric and minimalistic post-rock documented on the Kitchen Motors compilations "Nart Nibbles" and "Motorlab 2" to a more robust, riff-driven sound, with a mixture of Kraftwerk-inspired electronics, Daft Punk-like robot voices, and hard rock beats. They have been compared to such different acts as Kraftwerk, Wagner, Goblin, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Sigur Rós, the Glitter Band, Stereolab and Trans Am.
Apparat Organ Quartet's members (and former members) and their extra curricular activities include:
- Arnar Geir Ómarsson, a graphic designer who has worked with Magga Stina, HAM, Lhooq and many other artists.
- Hörður Bragason, a former church organist.
- Jóhann Jóhannsson, who had a solo career as a genre-crossing composer.
- Sighvatur Ómar Kristinsson, who has collaborated with múm and released several solo singles as Músikvatur.
- Úlfur Eldjárn, who has composed a lot of music for theatre and TV series.
- Þorvaldur Gröndal, who has been the drummer of electronic-pop/rock band Trabant and The Funerals
Apparat Organ Quartet was one of many Icelandic bands documented in Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon's 2005 film Screaming Masterpiece (Gargandi Snilld in Icelandic).
- Nart Nibbles (Kitchen Motors, 1999) — Contributed "Nafnlaust uppklapp"
- Motorlab #2 (Kitchen Motors, 2001) — Contributed three songs featuring TF3IRA: "Charlie Tango no. 2," "Ondula Nova," and "Sálmur"
- Screaming Masterpiece (2005) — Appeared in the documentary and contributed "Romantica"
- Kitchen Motors Family Album/Fjölskyldualbúm Tilraunaeldhússins (Kitchen Motors, 2006) — Contributed "Stylophonia"
- "Romantika" (2003) from Apparat Organ Quartet — Also includes "Macht parat den Apparat" and "Romantika (premix)"
- "Cargo Frakt" (Gogoyoko, 29 November 2010) from Pólýfónía
- BREAKING NEWS: Jóhann Jóhannsson Leaves Apparat Organ Quartet, archived from the original on 2017-02-05, retrieved 2017-06-10
- Burlingame, Jon (10 February 2018). "Jóhann Jóhannsson, 'Theory of Everything' Composer, Dies at 48". Variety. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
- "PBS Frontline World". Retrieved December 26, 2009.