Hjalti Nordal: Lobster God

Hjalti Nordal graduated with a BA degree in composition in the spring of 2020 from the Icelandic University of the Arts. Hjalti‘s compositions have been performed by both colleagues and professionals such as Duo Harpverk, Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Reykjavík Cathedral Choir, and members of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Lobster God is a piece for orchestra and an experiment with auditory illusions in an acoustic setting. The work is based on the so-called Risset rhythm which is an illusion in which the tempo increases continuously so the music seems to constantly accelerate even though the tempo is relatively stable. The work is short and concise and in constant motion all the way till the end.