On this year’s Summer Solstice, Reykjavikian post-rockers Sigur Rós drove 827 miles for over 24 hours to travel the entirety of Iceland’s Route 1, also known as the Ring Road, which runs around the entire island.
With a camera mounted inside their vehicle, the band live-broadcast a “slow tv event” called Route One on Iceland’s rúv 2 television station and YouTube, while feeding elements of their recent single “Óveður” into a real-time “generative music” app called Bronze to create an evolving and seemingly-limitless soundscape.
The 24-hour Route One broadcast first aired on June 21, and the full recording will be available on demand starting on July 12. Guitarist / vocalist Jónsi explained the band’s intention on their website:
In a day and age of instant gratification and everything moving so fast, we wanted to do the exact opposite… slow tv is counter-active to the world we live in, in that it happens in real time and real slow.
For those who like their gratification a bit more instant, Sigur Rós released a condensed timelapse video of their circular journey, which shows the band’s entire trip around Iceland in six minutes accompanied by the studio version of “Óveður.” Watch that above, on YouTube.
For fans seeking a visual alternative to last month’s official music video for “Óveður,” the Route One timelapse offers a tremendous survey of Iceland’s surreal beauty that includes many of the country’s famous landmarks, and is guaranteed blood-and-vomit-free.
For more music, news, and tour dates from Sigur Rós, check out their Zumic artist page.
Source: Sigur Rós YouTube