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Ólafur Arnalds reveals why collaboration matters

10 November 2017, 13:44 | Written by The Line of Best Fit

In this week's Talk The Line podcast, we go deep into chat with BAFTA award-winning Iceland composer Ólafur Arnalds on the process of collaboration in life and art.

Arnalds is one of Iceland’s top composers and best known in the UK for his score to the television show Broadchurch. Only just in his thirties, he has carved our a career that’s seen him work with the likes of Nils Fraham, as well as moonlight as one half of techno outfit Kiasmos – along with his friend Janus from electro-pop outfit Bloodgroup.

Last year he released the album Island Songs which saw him connect with local musicians across his home country to create a community-based portrait of Icelandic music.

Collaboration is a very important part of the way Arnalds approaches music. Just a couple of days after a companion film to the Island Songs project premiered in Iceland - and ahead of this year's Iceland Airwaves - we sat down with him to talk about why working with other musicians is so vital.

Next up for Arnalds is a show at the Royal Albert Hall show, which promises the debut of a “generative algorithm device”.

In our weekly podcast Talk the Line, we meet the people we love from music, film and television to find out about their passions and obsessions. A new episode drops every Friday - catch up with the episodes you've missed or subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast or TuneIn.

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