A thirty-minute long serenade for six police sirens directs our feeling for apparent sounds of alarm towards their own special musical interaction.
The sound of a sequence produced by the chime of the largest free-swinging bell in the world, the St. Peter’s-bell in the Cologne cathedral is mirrored in its course and finally turns into a backward chime. By simple compositional means a strange magic appears, which is inherent to the sound of “Dicker Pitter”.
With his project “Claque – concert for an applauding audience”, Vilhjálmsson experiments with applause as hardly manageable mass gesture. By using applause, which is usually a reference per se, as musical material with its very own and unique dynamics, Vilhjálmsson strikingly demonstrates that “applause is the symphonic expression of more than the mere some of everyone applauding”.