Heart Beat is a project based on heart beat and love. The Icelandic artist and singer Bergljót Arnalds composes songs where she uses heartbeat and nature sounds as well as electronic sounds and classical instruments such as violins, piano and cello.
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Bergljót Arnalds

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An Icelandic artist, actress and musician. Bergljót Arnalds has written many bestsellers books. She is the creator of the festival 'Love'.
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Heart Beat

I am an Icelandic artist and musician. For a while, I have been recording my own heartbeat as well as others' when they go through different emotions such as love, fear, compassion etc.

I have already made two pop songs through my exploration. One is called "Heart Beat", and is based on my own heartbeat as I think of love. The other one is called "Crazy Full of Love" and is based on a stranger's heartbeat.

The beating of the heart sets the rhythm to the songs. It is also heard underneath throughout the whole songs.

I have also been exploring sounds of nature with Baldur Jóhann Baldursson the sound engineer of the computer game company CCP. Me and Baldur have been collaborating in making a library of nature sounds from Iceland. In doing so I have travelled throughout the country, into caves and onto glaciers to capture these sounds.

I use some of these sounds in my music. You can for instance hear the glacier sounds in the song "Heart Beat" underneath in the second verse as a part of the percussion. I think this is a unique way of exploring music and hope to make songs that will fill people with energy, love and compassion.

I am the founder and creator of the festival ''Love'' which I started in Iceland in February 2009 when the Icelandic society had just collapsed financially. This festival is one of the things that was born out of the crisis in Iceland. My intention with this project was to get people to focus on what unites us rather than what disrupts us. Moreover, I want to encourage people and make them feel the power of connection and love. This festival has been held every year since 2009. Hundreds of people have participated; artists, thinkers, pioneers, politicians, children, disabled, theatre groups, association such as The Red Cross, etc.

Here is a link to a video clip from one of my ''Love'' festivals, if you are interested to see what it looks like.

Heartbeat and how all things are connected has always fascinated me as a person and as an artist. We talk about a heart of a city, the heart of a project, the heart of a person etc. The heart is the fundamental core of things. That is why I find it interesting to explore the beating of the heart as the underlying percussion in pop songs. Thereby, the heart becomes the core of the song.

A few years ago my father got the paralyzing sickness MND. He began to lose his ability to speak and during a period of four months he had less and less ability to communicate with us. At the end he could hardly write to us what he needed. One of the last sentences he wrote for us on his note-board with a shaking hand was: "I guess it is best to let the heart lead the way." At this point he had lost the capability to eat and it was hard for him to breathe properly. The doctors were asking him what he wanted to be done when his heart would stop because of lack of oxygen. They needed to know if they should try to get the heart going again and push him back to life. His answer was clear, he did not want to be saved and with this very poetical phrase he made the decision to let his own heart choose when it would make its last beat. By that he was also choosing not to stay amongst the people he loved any longer than his heart naturally allowed him to. This very phrase affected me deeply. It both hurt me and made me proud of how dignified my father was in his sickness. My heart pounded for him.

With your support through Karolina fund you are making the creation of my music project possible. Lets make "Heart Beat" move us in music and with love.

The project will be ready 15. March 2016.

HEART BEAT - HJARTSLÁTTUR

Undanfarið hefur hjartað og hjartsláttur heillað mig mikið og langar mig að vinna sönglög út frá þessum „hjartapælingum“. Ég hef þegar gert tvö lög sem byggja á hjartslætti. Annað lagið heitir 'Crazy Full of Love' og flutti ég það fyrir þrjú þúsund manns á hátíðinni Hjertefred í Noregi 2011. Hitt lagið byggi ég á eigin hjartslætti. Ég tók upp hjartsláttinn minn og þótt lagið sé „hefðbundið“ popplag má heyra hjartsláttinn gefa taktinn út í gegnum allt lagið. Mig langar að gera plötu byggða á hugmyndum um ást, tilfinningar og hjartslátt. Með því að styðja mig í gegnum Karolína fund hjálpið þið mér að láta tónlist mína verða að veruleika.

Náttúruhljóð hafa alla tíð hreyft við mér og hef ég verið að vinna að því ásamt Baldri Jóhanni Baldurssyni að taka upp hljóð náttúrunnar og safna þeim saman í hljóðasafn. Úr þessum hljóðum hef ég meðal annars gert jöklahljóðmynd þar sem heyra má hvernig jöklarnir á Íslandi brotna, bráðna og bresta.

Ég nota sum af þeim náttúruhljóðum sem ég hef tekið upp í tónlist minni. Til dæmis má heyra ískristalla brotna og skoppa niður jökulhlíð í öðrum kafla lagsins Heart Beat. Mig langar að kanna möguleika náttúruhljóðanna sem hluta af minni tónlist. Markmiðið er að veita fólki orku, ást og velta upp ýmsum hugmyndum.

Ég er hugmyndasmiður og stofnandi hátíðarinnar Kærleika. Hátíðin var haldin í fyrsta sinn í febrúar 2009 í kjölfarið á bankahruninu. Hugmyndin á bakvið hátíðina er að sameina fólk, veita hvatningu og fagna því sem tengir okkur frekar en að horfa á það sem sundrar okkur. Hátíðin hefur verið haldin fimm sinnum og hundruðir manna tekið þátt í henni; listamenn, frumkvöðlar, íþróttahetjur, börn, leiðtogar, stjörnur, ýmis samtök, fatlaðir, sirkusfólk og margir fleiri. Á þessari hátíð byrjaði ég að nota hjartslátt sem tjáningarmáta og var hjörtum, sem börn útbjuggu, útdeilt til áhorfenda. Kærleikar hafa verið haldnir í hjarta höfuðborgarinnar og fingurkossar meðal annars sendir á vegum hátíðarinnar inní Alþingishúsið með von um jákvæða framtíð.

Fyrir fáeinum árum greindist faðir minn með MND. Lömunin hófst að ofan og á þann hátt að hann átti fljótt erfitt með mál. Það leið varla mánuður þar til hann gat ekki lengur talað skiljanlega og undir lokin á veikindunum átti hann erfitt með að skrifa í blokkina sína til að segja okkur hvers hann þarfnaðist. Ein af síðustu setningum föður míns ritaði hann með óstöðugri hendi á læknafundi. Á þeim tímapunkti gat hann ekki lengur kyngt og átti erfitt með andardrátt. Læknarnir voru að spyrja hann hvað hann vildi að yrði gert þegar hjartað hans myndi stöðvast vegna súrefnisskorts, hvort þeir ættu að reyna að lífga hann við. Svar hans var einfalt: Ég held að það sé best að láta hjarta ráða för. Þegar ég las þetta svar hans fann ég mikinn sársauka því ég vissi að viðskilnaðurinn yrði fyrr en við höfðum búist við. En á sama tíma var ég einnig stolt yfir svari föður míns sem var svo yfirvegað og ljóðrænt við þessar yfirþyrmandi aðstæður. Hann vildi að sitt eigið hjarta réði því hvenær það myndi slá sitt síðasta slag.

Ég hef unnið með mörgum tónlistarmönnum bæði úr klassíkinni og poppheiminum. Ég geri ráð fyrir að tíu manns muni koma að verkinu, tveir fiðluleikarar, sellóleikari, bassaleikari, slagverksleikari, píanóleikari o.s.frv. Ef verkefnið nær fjármögnun hér á Karolínafund mun ég ná að klára útsetningar á 8 lögum. Markmið mitt er að láta hjarta ráða för í sköpuninni og fjalla um tilfinningar með mínum tónum.

Verkefnið verður tilbúið 15. mars 2016 og afhent með bros á vör og hlýjum straumum.

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