Poco Apollo is a generative music piece by Icelandic musician/programmer Halldór Eldjárn. It is built upon NASA’s Apollo Space mission photo archive: around 15.000 photos taken on earth and in space. Poco Apollo generates musical soundscapes for each image in the library. It uses common computer vision algorithms to determine the mood of the picture as the input to the music composition engine.
I created the piece to open up this incredible photo library. The mood in the pictures is somewhat unusual as some of them quite casual unlike the most famous and polished pictures we are so used to seeing, from these missions. Some are even quite bad, but still they are taken during one of the most incredible journeys mankind has embarked upon and thus become mysterious and exciting. The web app selects pictures at random and the browser then starts playing the soundtrack for that picture. Poco Apollo is accessible online at http://bit.ly/PocoApollo.
A live performance of a handful of these songs took place on during the festival. Daníel Helgason guitarist will joined Halldór at Bury Art Gallery to interpret the songs along with the self-playing robotic harp.
Halldór Eldjárn is an Icelandic drummer/musician/programmer. His live show consists of live performing robotic instruments which he has built, his brother Úlfur Eldjárn on the MIDI-based saxophone, synthesizers and all nicely tied together with Halldór's live drumming. Soundscape-y electronic tones, yet rhythmic. Guaranteed to blow minds and soothe ears!
Halldór's other projects are most notably the electro dance band SYKUR, which he founded in 2008. Úlfur is an active soundtrack composer, performer and member of the Apparat Organ Quartet, and played with the legendary alternative/krautrock band KANADA in the early 2000's.
An EP is scheduled to be released late 2017 alongside with further live stunts.
Halldór Eldjárn is working with Curated Place with the support of the Nordic Council Of Ministers as part of the ongoing 'Handmade Sounds' programme.