Halldór Úlfarsson






Halldorophones are electro-acoustic string instruments being developed by visual artist Halldór Úlfarsson from Iceland (b. 1977). The sound of halldorophones is achieved with a controlled use of feedback on the strings. Halldorophones have gradually been adapted to all the major characteristics of a cello.

Meme for Non-Human Persons. Study, 2012

In this study commissioned by HORIZONIC, Halldór Úlfarsson investigates the possibility of inter-species communication. Due to the unique character of humpback-whale song-culture they make ideal candidates to be offered a human meme (cultural-idea) into their vocal tradition. Halldorophone is used as medium for this message because, sometimes, the instrument sounds a little like whales. In winter 2012 Halldór made excursions to sea with collaborators in different parts of Iceland, investigating the practical possibilities of achieving this. The project is an on-going work.

Composition for Halldorophone #5, 2009

Video featuring Icelandic composer/cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir performing a commissioned composition for Halldorophone #5 in two distinct locations: Frederiksborg castle in Hilleröd and the Factory of Art and Design in Copenhagen. The work was produced with the support of the FAIR residency program.


Composition for Halldorophone and viola by Johan Svensson, performed by My Hellgren on Halldorophone and Lidija Radmilac on viola in Ystad, Sweden, 8 September 2012.