ÓLAFUR ARNALDS — IN DEPTH

This month, we celebrate the release of Ólafur Arnalds’ latest masterpiece, re:member, with an In Depth look at his production process and how he used Ólafur Arnalds Chamber Evolutions to write his track, ‘brot’. 

“Samples, to me”, Ólafur says, “are for inspiration and for writing — especially a library like Chamber Evolutions. It was designed to inspire what you write — to have an effect on how you create and what you create. And it definitely did that in this case.”

Perhaps best known for his BAFTA-winning work on ITV’s Broadchurch, Icelandic artist and composer Ólafur Arnalds has released multiple critically-acclaimed solo albums, as well as collaborations with Janus Rasmussen and Nils Frahm.

ÓLAFUR ARNALDS CHAMBER EVOLUTIONS

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INSPIRATIONAL CHAMBER STRINGS TEXTURES

We joined forces with Ólafur Arnalds to record an all-star ensemble performing his latest set of awe-inspiring evolutions. Following the success of his own Spitfire libraries and our Symphonic Strings Evolutions, he became the obvious choice to create Chamber Evolutions. Here, the 4,3,3,3,3 ensemble of British players (Violin I + II, Viola, Cello, Double Bass), led by long-term collaborator Viktor Orri Árnason, perform a range of fragile yet warm, beautifully evolving phrases, recorded at the world-famous Hall at Air Studios, London.

ÓLAFUR ARNALDS COMPOSER TOOLKIT

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INTIMATE WRITING TOOLS

For composers, for songwriters, for producers. An intimate and deeply personal set of tools curated by Ólafur Arnalds himself, with the writer in mind. Centred around a hugely characterful 1904 Beckstein ‘felted’ grand piano and a comprehensive set of extraordinary and inspiring sounds, personally programmed and curated by Ólafur, all recorded in Iceland. The levels of recording were so quiet that everyone in the room had to hold their breaths for the duration of every sound. 

ÓLAFUR ARNALDS EVOLUTIONS

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HAUNTING FROZEN STRINGS

Ólafur created and curated this library using a hand-picked string quartet, performing to his very individualistic, inspiring and haunting aesthetic. Recorded in the ultra-cool surrounds of Voxton Studios, Berlin and featuring the talents of multi-instrumentalist, composer, and oft co-collaborator Viktor Orri Árnason and cellist Sebastian Selke, Ólafur Arnald’s Evolutions uses Spitfire’s revolutionary Evo Grid system to provide you with an almost infinite number of outcomes, offering composers, producers and songwriters instant inspiration and that ever elusive creative edge.