19 April 2018
liminal soundbath returns to los angeles on the 9th of may, to co-incide with the visual element of reality projector – an art instillation by olafur eliasson.
the marciano art foundation presents a live sound bath with jónsi, alex somers and paul corley. this meditative experience will take place in maf’s unique theater gallery, an expansive 13,000-square-foot space currently housing studio olafur eliasson: reality projector, an immersive light and sound installation.
for this event, the visual element of reality projector will continue to play, while jónsi – who had collaborated with eliasson on the audio component of the exhibition – will join alex and paul in weaving a mesmeric spell, re-purposing sigur rós, jónsi & alex and other music to hypnotic effect.
to heighten the experience, prior to the live sound bath lord jones pain & wellness formula cbd tinctures will be available to help attendees achieve a deeper state of transformation.
photo: mike kelley
10 April 2018
for the first time in the uk, jónsi, alex somers & paul corley present a live sound installation performance. diving deep into the sigur rós catalogue and a whole world of other related sources, the trio weave a mesmeric spell, re-purposing music both familar and obscure to hypnotic effect. feat. live vocals, instrumentation, fx and manipulation of mastertapes
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9 April 2018
after a fruitful and inspiring collaboration with sigur rós in the dance piece “at dusk we embrace” at sigur rós’s festival norður og niður, we got an offer to do an outside video installation on two big oil tanks for the reykjavik winter nights festival and it seemed appropriate to continue with with this idea. örævi is a peek into the undergrowth of the body, parts of the body we see everyday but when we go up-close foreign landscapes start to form, hands as sand dunes, elbows as withered hilltops and veins in the eyes as red rivers flowing. we decided to make a choreography for a microscope where the performance area is around 2mm². movements of the skin become waves, ears/noses become caverns and wrinkles turn to canyons. the music of sigur rós has many small sounds that are subtle and buried within the tracks but are an integral part of the music and once you disassemble them and look closer the magic reveals itself. so we built on the subtle sounds and images trying to show what is hidden right in front of our eyes and ears. in the video we worked with 3 amazing dancers of iceland dance company, erna’s mother and their 6 year old son.
performers erna ómarsdóttir, valdimar jóhannsson, pierre alain giraud, aðalheiður halldórsdóttir, þyrí huldárnadóttir, hannes þór egilsson, úlfur óðinn valdimarsson, kristín geirsdóttir
music by sigur rós
25 March 2018
with very mixed feelings we draw your attention towards the posthumous release of jóhann jóhannsson’s expanded edition of his debut album, englabörn. this was the record he was scheduled to play for us as part of our norður og niður festival at christmas. unfortunately jóhann was, in the end, unable to be part of the festival, but our disappointment at not being able to hear this peerless work in the flesh, was as nothing to the news that would soon follow: that, at a mere 48, he was no longer of this earth. ‘englabörn & variations’ comes complete with appreciations and reworkings from some of jóhann’s biggest admirers, including our friends and colleagues alex somers and paul corleyapple music: https://sgr.is/2DRVRGt
6 March 2018
sigur rós are releasing a series of four limited-edition vinyl albums for record store day u.k. (april 21). originally released with handmade sleeves by icelandic artist sigga bjorg as part of the band’s norður og niður festival in iceland, the rare recordings can now be bought in a second limited edition run.
for the record store day u.k. release, each contributing artist chose his favourite sleeve from sigga’s 100 hand-mades to become the official sleeve for this record store day u.k. release.
the vinyl will also be available in select record stores throughout the united kingdom
the vinyl will also be available in select record stores in germany, spain, poland, italy, australia, new zealand, benelux, france and beyond. availability will vary.
for people in the united states and canada, a limited quantity will be available via the xl recordings webstore on monday, april 23 at 10am eastern.
for people outside the countries listed above – we’d recommend reaching out to friends in one of those countries – hopefully they can help.
on the longest day of summer 2016 sigur rós drove the whole way round iceland’s ring road, broadcasting the entire 1332km journey live on youtube. the soundtrack to this “slow tv” adventure was created using generative music software taking the multi-track stems of the sigur rós song ‘ovedur’ and endlessly reinventing them to create new and unpredictable musical directions in real time. the very best moments from the 24 hour journey have now been pared down to a single album of great and reflective beauty. 8 tracks. previously unreleased.
long-time sigur rós collaborators alex somers and paul corley dive deep into the band’s catalogue to mine nuggets of pure ambient pleasure. drawing from the ( ), valtari and kveikur albums, the pair take both familiar and obscure moments and massage them into brand new blissed out states. ‘liminal’ is the identity used by alex and paul, plus jónsi, for live soundbaths, as well as a plan for an endless streaming playlist. featured tracks: untitled #6, untitled #7. previously unreleased.
brand new album from artist and composer alex somers. the songs herein draw upon alex’s recent experience scoring both film (captain fantastic, dawson city: frozen time) and television (black mirror, manhattan), as well as the atmospheres created in his role as half of the jónsi & alex project with their acclaimed 2009 album ‘riceboy sleeps’. somers co-produced sigur rós’s 2012 album valtari and mixed 2013’s kveikur. previously unreleased.
long-deleted 33-minute ep from alex & jónsi, ‘all animals’ was released as a limited edition bonus cd within the initial pressing of 2009’s ‘riceboy sleeps’ album. never before been made available on vinyl.
26 February 2018
olafur eliasson, from studio olafur eliasson, recorded the sounds of a piano as it arrived and was set up at the studio and as he experimented on it with found objects. this audio library was sent to jónsi, who selected, mixed, and arranged the material in dialogue with olafur into an ambient soundscape to accompany the artwork “reality projector”.
22 February 2018
8 February 2018fischer is very proud to introduce the limited edition 7” vinyl “sound of fischer” with new work by jónsi, alex somers, sin fang & kjartan holm. the origin of fischer is explained on its website. the vinyl itself is handmade in iceland and can be ordered here.
5 February 2018
as part of the reykjavík winter lights festival, the iceland dance company, valdimar johannsson, erna ómarsdóttir, pierre alain giraud created a piece called “örævi” – the piece uses music by sigur rós and was projected on the side of oil tanks in reykjavík. embedded above is the live stream of the event which took place on the 1st of february.
at the end of 2017, the iceland dance company, valdimar johannsson and erna ómarsdóttir created a separate piece for norður og niður called the “myrkrið faðmar” (at dusk, we embrace).
24 January 2018
“lords of chaos”, directed by jonas åkerlund, received its premiere at the sundance film festival yesterday – music for the film is by sigur rós.
“based on an astonishingly true story, lords of chaos recounts the exploits of the norwegian black metal movement’s most notorious band: mayhem. its founder, øystein aarseth, better known as euronymous, was one of the originators of the annihilating metal guitar sound that burst onto the scene in the early ’90s. after the gruesome suicide of vocalist per yngve ohlin, who performed under the pseudonym “dead,” euronymous used the opportunity to inject a mix of satanism, havoc, and murder into the music to sell more records. bassist varg vikernes began to take euronymous’s headline-grabbing talk too seriously and went on a spree of church burnings, forming a deadly rivalry between the two bandmates that culminated in an infamous and bloody end.
drawing from the 1998 book of the same name by michael moynihan and didrik søderlind, director jonas åkerlund injects his distinct visual style into the material. vigorous performances from rory culkin, emory cohen, sky ferreira, and jack kilmer bolster this unhinged account of black-metal brotherhood gone wickedly wrong.”
in 2016, jonas åkerlund directed the video for “óveður”, shot in the small town of grindavík on the reykjanes peninsular, featuring the icelandic choreographer erna ómarsdóttir