ágætis byrjun released in iceland in 1999, saw its north american release in 2001. to coincide with that the band embarked on a north american tour - starting in Coachella april 28th 2001. as we near the release of the 20th anniversary edition release of the album we look back to important moments during those days: https://sigurros.com/ab20/ georg's tour diary. april 28th, 2001 "wow, we're in america. this is such a strange place, the festival is in the middle of the desert and it's hot. i don't know if the americans know how to organise a festival but this is a really cool place." "the show was a laugh. there was no sound check and everything went wrong just before we went on stage. so basically it was a disaster but we enjoyed it. after we finished the sun was gone so we just headed back to the hotel after a good day in the desert."
Out 21 june, 2019. Ágætis byrjun - A Good Beginning. 20th Anniversary Edition. Pre-order now: https://sgr.is/2WQsbDz - This early cassette demo is more fragile and in many ways more beautiful than the final title track on Sigur Rós’s breakthrough album. The voice is airier, sweeter and less dry, with whole sections of later abandoned backing vocals in play. Kjartan’s piano is absent at least in the early stages - the melody picked up by Jónsi’s acoustic guitar - with room for Georg’s languid bass and Águst’s simple snare to propel the song forward...or more accurately upwards. Jónsi’s voice is at its most weightless and heavenly; the piano when it arrives like sunlight reflecting off the sea; the whole the aural equivalent of the drowsy content you feel after falling asleep in the sun, not a care in the world. Rescued from a solitary cassette, this version includes historical digital glitches which have been left in - think of it as the patina on a thing of cherished beauty that was very nearly lost.
"I worked with Kristin Anna on this album probably longer than I’ve ever worked on any album. Four years on and off; a real labour of love, dedication and perseverance for both of us. And now, finally, I’m very happy to say it’s done and out there, and you can hear what we spent so many thousands of hours toiling away at. Personally I am very proud of this record, despite my absence on the cover." - Kjartan Sveinsson Kjartan Sveinsson has produced the new album from Kristín Anna "I Must Be the Devil" - Listen in full: https://ffm.to/ks_kristinanna.ofp details below:
sigur rós: ba ba ti ki di do / http://sigurros.com/get/baba/ Happy Birthday Merce Cunningham who would have been 100 today. Back in 2003, to commemorate the Merce Cunningham Company’s 50th anniversary, ourselves and Radiohead were lucky enough to be asked to each come up with 20 minutes of music for Merce’s new piece Split Sides. We met the great man, who was lovely, and told that we had to compose blind. The same stricture would apply to costume, set design and indeed choreographer - for each of which there were to be two options - no one had a brief or knew what anyone else was doing. We went away and, probably because Merce’s company danced barefoot, decided to destroy some ballet pointes, turning them into makeshift percussion instruments. We recorded Merce’s voice talking about choreography, which we then chopped into the tight syllables of our eventual titles, “ba ba", "ti ki", "di do”, and also worked with little wooden music boxes where you could punch your own roll cards (although we choose to use the pre-punched cards and played them backwards, slowly). On opening night, Oct 14, 2003 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Merce’s life-long friend and collaborator Robert Rauschenberg rolled a die: odds for Radiohead, even for Sigur Rós, and so on for all the other elements. And thus was born a magical performance dictated exclusively by chance. Split Sides was probably never rendered in the same way twice, and we never really wrote any more music that had quite the same atmosphere or genesis again. It was also the only time any of us got to work with another 20th century titan, Richard Avedon, who photographed Jónsi (only Jónsi) with Thom Yorke and Merce. Wish we had a print of that now.
sigur rós: variations on darkness digital pre-order: https://ffm.to/sr_variations.ofp record store day: https://sgr.is/2D9AeUn soundtrack to a series of choreographed performances from the Íslenski Dansflokkurinn - Iceland Dance Company, originally commissioned for the band’s NORÐUR OG NIÐUR festival New Year 2018. IDC musical “vacillation and transfiguration” expert VALDIMAR JÓHANSSON was granted unique access to unreleased Sigur Rós material, as well as multitracks of the band’s catalogue, using them to create a score of high nordic drama to underpin the apocalyptic vision of choreographer ERNA ÓMARSDÓTTIR. edited for vinyl by KJARTAN HOLM. #recordstoreday2019
University of the Underground + Bureau of Lost Culture (X-Ray Audio) have released a series of unique records made on x-ray films featuring unreleased songs and audio from Jónsi, Alex Somers, Massive Attack, PussyRiot, Noam Chomsky and others. bid via Collecteurs https://sgr.is/2P6h3jg - Intended to be displayed as an artwork, but it can also be played 10-15 times before the audio disappears. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the University of the Underground, a charity offering free and transnational education for the next generation of creatives.
Jónsi & Alex Somers: riceboy sleeps north american tour, october 2019. details via https://sgr.is/2K98Gob -⠀ seattle, san francisco, los angeles, denver, chicago, montreal, toronto, washington d.c., boston & new york⠀ - on sale today, 10am local time -⠀ Jónsi & Alex Somers to perform the Riceboy Sleeps album for the first time with the Wordless Music Orchestra and Choir on 10th Anniversary Tour in Intimate Theatres across North America - Oct 2019⠀ -⠀ For the performances the Wordless Music Orchestra and choir will be conducted by Robert Ames from the London Contemporary Orchestra, with arrangements by David Handler of Ensemble LPR
ágúst, kjartan, jónsi & goggi - taken in the lead up to the release of ágætis byrjun. Pre-order now via https://sgr.is/2HVXTvo / Out 21 june, 2019. Ágætis byrjun - A Good Beginning 20th Anniversary Edition. Every track on Ágætis byrjun in early demo form, as well as previously unheard songs from the writing process and other rare treasures, across triple album of Rarities & Demos. Plus the 90-minute release day concert Live at the Íslenska Óperan 1999, mixed and mastered by the band. Comes with 84-page hardback book of material gleaned from Sigur Rós’ personal archive. All in a sturdy linen-bound box, first 1999 copies numbered. Exclusively from sigurros.com #sigurrosAB20
Jónsi & Alex Somers: riceboy sleeps north american tour, october 2019. details via jonsiandalex.com⠀ -⠀ seattle, san francisco, los angeles, denver, chicago, montreal, toronto, washington d.c., boston & new york⠀ - on sale friday april 5th, 10am local time jonsiandalex.com presale, tuesday april 2nd, 10am local time -⠀ Jónsi & @alexsomAlex Somers to perform the Riceboy Sleeps album for the first time with the Wordless Music Orchestra and Choir on 10th Anniversary Tour in Intimate Theatres across North America - Oct 2019⠀ -⠀ For the performances the Wordless Music Orchestra and choir will be conducted by Robert Ames from the London Contemporary Orchestra, with arrangements by David Handler of Ensemble LPR.⠀ -⠀ Jónsi Alex Somers Jónsi & Alex Somers #riceboysleeps #wordlessmusicorchestra
Pre-order now: https://sgr.is/2YvfFL4 Out 21 june, 2019. Ágætis byrjun - A Good Beginning 20th Anniversary Edition.
Pre-order now: https://sgr.is/2CJjwuL / Out 21 june, 2019. Ágætis byrjun - A Good Beginning 20th Anniversary Edition. Every track on Ágætis byrjun in early demo form, as well as previously unheard songs from the writing process and other rare treasures, across triple album of Rarities & Demos. Plus the 90-minute release day concert Live at the Íslenska Óperan 1999, mixed and mastered by the band. Comes with 84-page hardback book of material gleaned from Sigur Rós’ personal archive. All in a sturdy linen-bound box, first 1999 copies numbered. Exclusively from www.sigurros.com 7 X LP LIMITED EDITION DELUXE BOX SET incl. 3 x LP Rarities & Demos 2 x LP Live Íslenska Óperan 1999 + 84-page hardback book in linen-bound box First 1999 copies numbered sigurros.com exclusive Also available: 4 X CD EXPANDED EDITION 2 x ORIGINAL LP w. full download DELUXE DIGITAL EDITION DIGITAL EDITION Ágætis byrjun T-Shirt Trailer footage thanks to Storme Whitby-Grubb, Steingrimur Dui Masson and Ingvar Thordason.
sydney, paris, london, edinburgh, gateshead, manchester - on sale now http://jonsiandalex.com
"riceboy sleeps" by Jónsi & Alex Somers will be performed at the Sydney Opera House on june 11th as part of #VividLIVE 2019.⠀ ⠀ tickets on sale this friday via http://jonsiandalex.com Sydney Opera House
TB2 by Frakkur (aka Jónsi) // https://sigur-ros.co.uk/get/frakkur/ Frakkur was the artist name Jónsi from Sigur Rós used to define his home experiments in electronic music in the early years of the 21st century. TB2, taken from the forthcoming triple vinyl album 2000-2004, was made in Jónsi's small flat in the middle of Reykjavík, where he set up his first home studio in a cupboard, so that it could be packed away at night. He had a Yamaha RS-7000 with 32mb memory in the top drawer, which he called the Grey Machine and used to sample the beat-up toys he’d collect from local goodwill stores. Jónsi recalls it as a time "filled with blinding sunlight and pure fun creative energy”.
on april 13th Record Store Day will be celebrated around the world - for this year’s event Sigur Rós will release two exclusive vinyl albums. 22° LUNAR HALO and VARIATIONS ON DARKNESS are soundtracks to separate modern dance collaborations, each building on sigur rós music, both new and existing, to create brand new works. https://sgr.is/2NBmxS1 22° LUNAR HALO: Choreographer: CHENG Tsung-lung, Cloud Gate 2 Music Direction: Kjartan Holm Photographer: LEE Chia-yeh VARIATIONS ON DARKNESS: Choreographer: Íslenski Dansflokkurinn - Iceland Dance Company, Erna Ómarsdóttir & Valdimar Johannsson Music Direction: Valdimar Jóhansson Photographer: Anna Kristín Arnardóttir
available to stream now for the first time: rímur ep - Sigur Rós with icelandic singer/chanter Steindór Andersen, https://sgr.is/2tBOAaV recorded at the bands álafoss studio in early 2001. released shortly after as a limited edition tour e.p. rímur are narrative poems which generally tell stories of icelandic heroes and epic battles which have been passed down generations in iceland through word-of-mouth since the 14th century.
available to stream for the first time, Von brigði was originally released back in 1998 as a remix album of our first album, Von. // stream + download: https://sigur-ros.co.uk/get/vonbrigdi/ The remix album features icelandic artists such as GusGus, Múm, Thor, Biogen and Sigur Rós themselves - share and enjoy!
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tónandi, the mixed reality collaboration between Sigur Rós and Magic Leap won “immersive reality technical achievement” at the d.i.c.e. awards last night. congratulations to the team: mike tucker, stephen mangiat, paul corley, sarah hopper, rony abovitz, rebecca barkin, elisabeth gonzalez, gianfranco nicolaci , dan lehriech, daren bader, john cannon, kjartan holm, russel dumornay for their endless work! https://sgr.is/2SBXJza / Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences