Sigur Rós have given a dozen film makers the same modest budget and asked them to create whatever comes into their head when they listen to songs from the band's new album Valtari. The idea is to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom. Among the filmmakers are Ramin Bahrani, Alma Har'el and John Cameron Mitchell. [via]
The video above is the fifth in the series and will conclude with a total of fourteen. To see the rest of the videos, check out the Valtari Mystery Film Experiment.
"We never meant our music to come with a pre-programmed emotional response. We don’t want to tell anyone how to feel and what to take from it. With the films, we have literally no idea what the directors are going to come back with. None of them know what the others are doing, so hopefully it could be interesting." - Sigur Rós
The website also includes a brief but interesting quote from Georg:
“i really can’t remember why we started this record, i no longer know what we were trying to do back then. i do know session after session went pear-shaped, we lost focus and almost gave up…did give up for a while. but then something happened and form started to emerge, and now i can honestly say that it’s the only sigur rós record i have listened to for pleasure in my own house after we’ve finished it.
Sigur Rós is taking their new live performance documentary on "tour." A couple months back, the band began a grassroots campaign allowing fans to suggest screening locations for their new film, INNI. Over 100 screenings have been booked in cities across the world including the one tonight at the Alamo Ritz.
Showtime is at 7pm. For information on other screenings click HERE
Sigur Rós front man, Jónsi, will take a radical departure from the majestic soundscapes he's accustomed to and perform an in-store acoustic set before his show at the Austin Music Hall. Austin is one of only six lucky U.S. cities where you can catch one of these intimate performances. Local favorite End of An Ear will host. This one will be a treat!
Tuesday, October 26th. 5:30PM
End of An Ear
Tomorrow (6/28), Björk and Sigur Rós will team up to perform a free concert in their hometown of Reykjavik, Iceland. The Náttúra concert is a bid to raise awareness of the destruction of Iceland's natural landscape, and will be webcast live from 2pm—5pm (CST) on Nat Geo Music. You can also sign up for the Nat Geo Music Newsletter if you'd like to keep yourelf in the loop.
The Náttúra concert will be an open-air event, held at the Botanical Garden on Laugavegur, near the center of Reykjavik, Iceland. The country boasts the largest unspoilt wilderness left in Europe, and Náttúra is being organized as a response to the ongoing enviornmental degradation caused by Iceland's increasingly invasive aluminium smelting activity.
"Too often battles being fought for nature turn into something negative and into mudslinging," Björk said in a recent press statement. "We will not go that way, we are not saying that this and that is forbidden, we are rather asking 'what about all these other possibilities?' The 21st century is not going to be another oil century but rather a century where we need to recycle, think green and design both power plants and our surroundings in harmony with nature."The Náttúra concert will also spotlight the book Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual to a Frightened Nation by Andri Snær Magnason. The book, a best-seller in Iceland, is published in English next month by Citizen Press and has already won the Icelandic Literary Award and the Icelandic Bookseller Prize. [Via Nat Geo Music]
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