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Kiasmos performing at The Independent San Francisco, 2 June 2015
Background information
Origin Iceland
Years active 2009 (2009)–present
Labels Erased Tapes

Kiasmos is a Faroese-Icelandic minimal, experimental techno duo, composed of Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen. They started in 2009 and released their first extended play, Thrown, in 2012 and their album Kiasmos in 2014.


In 2009, the duo started with the 65/Milo, a split 12"' release, together with fellow label colleague Rival Consoles. In 2014, they released their debut LP, Kiasmos, on Erased Tapes Records Ltd.[1]


Ólafur and Rasmussen worked together when Ólafur was a sound engineer for Rasmussen's Bloodgroup project.[2]

Ólafur Arnalds[edit]

Ólafur Arnalds is a multi-instrumentalist and producer from Mosfellsbær, Iceland.[3] He was a drummer for hardcore metal bands Fighting Shit and Celestine, among others.

His work is characterized by strings and piano, with loops and edgy beats as a fusion of ambient/electronic and pop.[4][5] He won a BAFTA in 2014 for his work on the UK ITV program Broadchurch.[6]

Janus Rasmussen[edit]

Janus Rasmussen, from the Faroe Islands, is a member of Bloodgroup. Rasmussen also worked along with other artists such as Guðrið Hansdóttir in the band Byrta.


  • Thrown (2012 Erased Tapes EP)
  • Kiasmos (2014 Erased Tapes)
  • Looped (2015 Erased Tapes EP)
  • Swept (2015 Erased Tapes EP)
  • Blurred (2017 Erased Tapes EP)


  1. ^ "Kiasmos". Erased Tapes Records. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  2. ^ "Interview at KEXP in 2015, at 13:35". YouTube. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Ólafur Arnalds: Beautiful the Same way the Arctic is". Headphone Commute. August 2008. 
  4. ^ "Ólafur Arnalds' Myspace page". 
  5. ^ Fischer, Tobias. "Interview with Olafur Arnalds II". Tokafi. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "BAFTA 2014: Peaky Blinders and Doctor Who win at Bafta TV Craft Awards". The Guardian UK. 28 April 2014.