Hymn by Sophia Shen published on 2016-07-22T03:16:10Z Duo with Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir Hymn is a folk improvisation with voice, pipa, percussion and live electronics based on the Icelandic hymn Heyr Himna Smiður (Hear, Smith of heavens). The piece uses pipa and abstract vocals to create a powerful soundscape of tension and grandiosity. The looping of the sounds conveys a dark ambient feeling that builds as the composition progresses. It’s a conversation and convergence of sounds from the two distant cultures. The hymn that this composition is build on was written by Kolbeinn Tumason (1173-1208), just before 1208 AD, and is the oldest known nordic hymn. The music was composed over 700 years later by Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson (1938-2013). This is a studio mix of a live performance. Kristopher Rodriguez Svönuson plays percussion.