Orchestral Works

The Miners' Hymns for brass ensemble, organ, electronics and percussion - Commissioned by Forma Arts and Media and Durham Brass Festival 2010 (50 minutes)

The Miners' Hymns for symphony orchestra - Commissioned by the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra 2014
(50 minutes)


Chamber Works

Hz (film and score commissioned by Bang on a Can 2013) (6 minutes)



End of Summer 2014 (28 min)

Shot on black and white super 8 film, End of Summer is a hypnotic and slow-burning journey through the austere landscapes of the island of South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Filmed as a series of mostly static tableaux over a period of 20 days during the waning days of the Antarctic Summer, the film is a startling look at life at the edge of the world. The film is shot on very slow 35mm stock normally used for filming title cards, which was cut down to super 8 format. The film is informed by the philosopher Timothy Morton's idea of "dark ecology" - in which the old ideas of nature as an object of beauty and the privileging of the human is disputed. Without narration and with a soundtrack that blends cello and voices with Jóhann's field recordings from the voyage, the film maps and explores the terrain of an increasingly fragile region.

Director: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Producer: Jóhann Jóhannsson & Louise H. Johansen
Camera: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Editor: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Music: Jóhann Jóhannsson, Hildur Gudnadóttir, Robert A.A. Lowe
Sound Design: Peter Albrechtsen, Jóhann Jóhannsson

Nominated for Nordic Dox Award at the CPH:DOX festival in Copenhagen 2014


Music for Theater

Numerous original scores for theaters in Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Australia 1995-2011, including:
- Det Norske Teater (NO) 2008
- Back to Back Theatre (AU) 2011
- Icelandic National Theatre (IS) 2003-2006

Collaborations with the choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir:
- IBM 1401, a User's Manual (2002)
- Mysteries of Love (2005)

Apparat Organ Quartet

Founded by Jóhann Jóhannsson in 1999, Apparat Organ Quartet has released two albums and performed all over the world Jóhann left the band in 2012 to concentrate on his solo work.

Links:  Website  /  Wikipedia


Kitchen Motors

Kitchen Motors was an art organization/record label/think tank active between the years 1999 and 2005 and was founded by Jóhann Jóhannsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir and Hilmar Jensson. Operating mainly in Reykjavik, Kitchen Motors specialized in instigating collaborations and putting on concerts, exhibitions, performances, chamber operas as well as producing films, books and radio shows based on the ideals of experimentation, collaboration, the search for new art forms and the breaking down of barriers between forms, genres and disciplines. Focussing mainly on live performance, they curated events in Iceland, Belgium, France, Italy, Russia and the U.S. and put out several CD's of material originating from these performances.

The founders and main architects were Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Hilmar Jensson.

Link:  Wikipedia