Sigur Rós – Valtari mystery films, #2



for a little while now i have been experimenting with doing videos that are more like moving images or paintings. they have no beginning, middle or end so the video doesn´t expect anything from you. you don´t have to watch it all, you can glance at it or watch for an hour, it´s just your experience.
i have also been doing music videos which are almost the total opposite. they have to be fast, lot of things happening in a short period of time otherwise you just turn it off.
i was curious to try to combine the two.
ekki múkk is an animation of the cover of valtari. i was finishing the artwork for the cover and the guys came over to take a look and we were just messing about, making the ship sail across the screen and then we decided to make a video. i think it is like a meditation video in a way. look and listen once a day and you can skip your yoga class. varúð has more of a story. varúð means caution or warning so this image instantly came to my mind. someone making warning signs with a flashlight. i wanted the varúð video to have a slow build up like the song and leave something for the viewers to imagine for themselves. we have no idea who they are or what they are warning us about.i made the video by animating a postcard (see attached) and filmed myself over and over again climbing on top of a woodenbox in front of some blue paper.

Jóhann Jóhannsson

I’ve been adding music to the Furillen playlist. Jóhann Jóhannsson has long been a favourite minimalist composer for me. Here are two good examples of his music. There isn’t much to see in these videos, so you might just want to close your eyes and let the sound wash over you …



Sigur Rós – Valtari mystery films, #1

Sigur Rós released Valtari in 2012; it was their sixth studio album, their last as a four-piece band, and came out after some drama – the band recorded another album that seems to have been scrapped in 2009.

As part of this project, the band commissioned fourteen films to go with its various tracks. Intriguingly, they simply asked the film-makers to make whatever they wished (hence the ‘mystery’), saying …

“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 will be interesting.”

You can see the movies here, but I thought it would also be cool to run the series on this blog, just for the hell of it. So here is the first one, I’ll post the other thirteen daily.



first useful pop video in history. file under: educational. – ragnar kjartansson

The Floyd @ Furillen Photo Challenge

careful axe poster


Ahead of the Floyd @ Furillen being held at the sim next weekend – 8, 9, & 10 July – we thought it might be fun to issue a challenge to the many photographers who spend time at the sim. So here it is:

  • make a picture that reflects, echoes, or represents in some way the 1969 Pink Floyd song, “Careful With That Axe, Eugene”;
  • please send entries to Serene Footman or Mareea Farrasco inworld by 7 July (next Thursday);
  • winner(s) to be displayed during the event on the sim.

This is a nice way to get into a great song. Here is a video of it being performed live …



And here are the somewhat sparse lyrics …


Down, down. Down, down. The star is screaming.
Beneath the lies. Lie, lie. Tschay, tschay, tschay.
[Sound of Waters blowing into the microphone]
[Light screaming from Waters]
Careful, careful, careful with that axe, Eugene.
[Very loud and prolonged scream]
[Another very loud and prolonged scream]
[Waters blowing into the microphone]
[Light screaming from Waters]
The stars are screaming loud.
[Low groaning sound from Waters]


Like all great songs, this one has been subjected to many different interpretations, such as those found here.

We look forward to seeing what you come up with!