sigur rós – route one takes a slow drive for the solstice
sigur rós is currently running a 24-hour ‘slow tv’ event live on Iceland’s RÚV2 TV channel, and streaming live globally via YouTube, set to a constantly evolving soundtrack based around elements of new song óveður.
Starting at the summer solstice and continuing throughout the longest day of the year, route one is a 1332km journey the whole way around Iceland’s coastal ring road, broadcasting the trip live in its entirety, via the RÚV2 channel.
“In a day and age of instant gratification and everything moving so fast, we wanted to do the exact opposite,” said sigur rós’s Jónsi Birgisson. “Slow TV is counter-active to the world we live in, in that it happens in real time and real slow.”
Driving anti-clockwise round the island, the journey is passing by many of the country’s most notable landmarks, including Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice-sheet, the glacial lagoon, Jökulsárlón, as well as the East Fjords and the desolate black sands of Möðrudalur.
At the time of writing the camera truck is sitting in a car park though, so you might have to watch for a while.
The soundtrack to the journey is being created moment-by-moment via generative music software.
The band explained, “Individual musical elements of unreleased song, and current sigur rós festival set opener, óveður, are seeded through the evolving music app bronze, to create a unique ephemeral sonic experience.”
Headphones, external speakers and full-screen viewing are recommended for the full slow tv experience- enjoy!
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