what inspires me?

Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir (iceland), composer

Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir. Photo: Crystal Wood 

Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir. Photo: Crystal Wood 

I think of my compositions as a personal brand of metaphysics. They are my own construct made from observing relationships, and are my way of understanding and functioning in this world. I’m deeply inspired by what I nd when considering my observations and reactions to my environment. Catching myself creating a perplexing context between sensory inputs results in a state of mind that can be extremely elusive

to put into words or explain in any other way. I try to process these unexpected associations through music and sonic art. Afterwards, I meditate on why the sensing and processing created such outcomes: Why does this + this = that, for me? Often what I discover can reveal a greater truth about the situation that triggered these waking hallucinations.

I never start out working on a new piece knowing how I’m going to do it; that would feel very restricting. But sometimes I might come to use something I know will work as a jumping-off point for going into an unknown aspect of that method/material. What I’ve mostly been preoccupied with guring out in my work is how to work with extra-musical elements in such a way that they don’t override what I try to accomplish with the aural.