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Old 09-08-10, 05:17 PM   #1
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Sigur Ros/ Jónsi

The lead singer of Sigur Ros is on tour for his solo project, and on Sunday night I was lucky enough to witness it.

Seriously, this was the greatest show I'd ever seen. The guy's put a hell of a lot of effort into creating the most powerful, expressive performance he possibly could, and it was honestly amazing. The CGI footage combined with the lights combined with his music made for something that was more than just a gig, more than just another concert, it was something to be experienced and cherished, because I don't think I'll ever see something like it again.

I've not actually checked out much Sigur Ros material yet, but this show has made me more determined to pick some of their material up. Has anyone listened to Jónsi's solo album?
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Re: Jónsi

*sigh*

I must be getting old. I like the music just fine...but damn - I can't understand a single word.

I'll go ahead and say Yay for anyone with young ears, though.
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I actually agree with you, though I see it a different way. I don't think the lyrics are that important to the overall sound - I think the noises Jónsi makes are what contributes to the music, more than what he's actually saying. This definitely counts for Sigur Ros since most of their lyrics are in Icelandic anyway. He has his own form of scat singing as well, so he's probably of the persuasion that the sound is more important than the meaning.
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Sigur Rós Soundtrack Human Planet Promo

I LOVE Sigur Ros.

F**k Buttons’ Benjamin John Power recently said “soundtracking nature documentaries would work out pretty well” for his new Blanck Mass project. Well, Benjamin, Sigur Rós are living the dream. Sort of. Takk’s “Sćglópur” provides the official soundtrack to the promo videos for the Discovery Channel’s Human Planet, a six-part series that turns the camera away from animals, focusing on “people’s ability to thrive in our planet’s most extreme environments.”

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That's awesome. That's a BBC production (and a good show), but we never got the Sigur music in the promos. The media over here use Hoppipolla a LOT.
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Really? They're such a brilliant band. I was lucky and was able to see them once in a very small venue.
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NEW song & stellar video...LINK
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Omg Scott. Have you seen this yet?

Icelandic majesty-rockers Sigur Rós have posted a new video called “Klippa,” which mysteriously consists of three people in a dark room, cutting up clothes and slowly waltzing. All this somehow has something to do with INNI, the band’s forthcoming live album and DVD, but don’t ask me how. The band never shows up, there’s no live footage, and the only musical accompaniment is a very quiet ambient droney sort of thing in the background. Sarah Hopper directs. Watch it below.


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This band is GENIUS! Do yourself a service & watch the live piece.

First Watch: Sigur Rós, 'Inni'

If you've missed Sigur Rós, you're in luck. On November 15, the band will release Inni, a double live album and 75-minute film featuring footage from Sigur Ros' last show at London's Alexandra Palace.

Here's a clip of the video for "Festival" that shows the highly stylized look of the film.

Sigur Ros performing the song, 'Festival'
Recorded at London's Alexandra Palace


A free mp3 download of "Festival" is also available on the band's website - http://www.sigur-ros.co.uk

We asked director Vincent Morisset (Arcade Fire's Mirroir Noir) to tell us about the look, feel, and inspiration behind Inni.

Vincent Morisset:

In 2008, Sigur Rós management asked me to archive the band's last shows. There was a sense of urgency. The future of the band after those shows was uncertain. Would that be their last performance? In that context it was important for me to document it in a direct and simple way. Focus on the details, give the time to the spectator to appreciate the virtuosity and the effort, understand the cause and effects, feel the unique energy of their performance. Rob Hardy [Director of Photography] and I decided to work with the other DoP instead of camera operators used to capture live shows. They were coming from fiction, documentary and art film. No crane, no fancy equipment. Just really talented people with light HD cameras and tiny surveillance cameras hooked here and there on the stage.

When I submitted the treatment to the band, I suggested to create hand caches and rhythmic effects with my fingers over the final edit. I was inspired by Neil Young, who recorded Dead Man's soundtrack by improvising on his guitar while watching the film. I thought that spontaneous approach was great and thought we could do something similar with post-production. Skip the computer effects and generate happy accidents. Karl Lemieux, a Montreal experimental filmmaker, helped me with this. After Nick Fenton and Stéphane Lafleur finished editing the film, we transferred the digital clip on 16mm film.

We laid down a big flat-screen on an animation bench and photographed the quicktime rolling with an Aaton camera. We printed a positive copy of the film and then projected INNI on a screen. With hands and different translucent objects in front of the projector's lens, we were able to distort and transform the image. The handmade effects were then recaptured by a digital camera filming the screen. The music was playing in the dark room. The whole process was instinctive. We shot several times each song and then re-edited the whole film with the most interesting moments. With these multiple generations of transfer we lost details in the image. The mood became dreamy, the gestures and compositions almost abstract. We never wanted to do something retro. For us, it was about taking advantage of the best of two worlds. For the animation interludes, Olivier Goulx, Raoul Paulet and I also worked with our hands, recreating in a living room natural phenomena that echoed the visuals from the tour. Raindrops done with broken mirrors, clouds in aquarium, flashlight tricks, etc...

In the end though, what we wanted was to translate the intensity and immense beauty of the Sigur Rós live experience.

According to a press release, Inni will be available in a variety of formats:

Double CD + DVD (includes 4 extra songs not featured on the live album)
Double CD + Blu Ray (includes 4 extra songs not featured on the live album)
Clear 150 gram vinyl (3 LPs)
Digital edition
Deluxe edition

More info @ source
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