Sigur Rós – Valtari mystery films, #4

FILM #4: REMBIHNÚTUR BY ARNI & KINSKI

 

“the elevation of your consciousness helps the overall consciousness of the planet.” -gourasana.

the much needed changes in the world will happen through changes within each and every one of us. we all want and need love. this film is a celebration of sigur rós’s music and the benefit it is having in the elevation of consciousness that is happening with humankind. people are finding strength in love, care, and respect for themselves, each other, and the world we live in.

for the last twelve years meditation has been a way of life for us. going within, releasing emotions, moving through negativity, judgment, discouragement, and the fears that are so often in the mind.

being able to move from the mind into the heart. this is what the music of sigur rós helps us to do and we use it as a tool in our meditation. in meditation we are able to feel and move through our emotions allowing us to drop deeper within our hearts. from this depth of heart we are finding more acceptance, compassion, love, gratitude, passion, clarity, intuitive thinking and much much more. we hope this video will inspire you to do your part in elevating the consciousness of the planet in whatever way that may be.

peace and love, arni & kinski

Sigur Rós – Valtari mystery films, #2

FILM #2: VARÚРby INGA BIRGISDÓTTIR

 

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.

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.

FILM #1: ÉG ANDA BY RAGNAR KJARTANSSON

 

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

more on SR

This, from Pitchfork about last night’s Sigur Ros set. Just to reassure myself, mainly, that I didn’t imagine anything …

Sigur Ros headlined The John Peel Stage, where they entranced a swelling and hypnotised crowd with a visual and sonic display of utter magic. Opening with menacing and ghostly new track ‘Óveður’, Sigur Ros weave a gossamer web of sound over a live show that only enhances the entire world that they create with their delicate and spine-chilling sounds. Without a doubt, they remain one of the finest live acts on the planet, and truly in a class of their own.

Sigur Ros

This the set I really wanted to get to. And I did. I was right at the front.


There isn’t much I can say because this set has left me speechless. Technically it was astonishing. They use a three dimensional lighting space that literally surrounds the band and interacts with the music in ways I simply haven’t experienced before.

Pictures don’t do this justice, and I was too stunned to take many, but here are those I managed to snap …




As for the music, well here I’m going to struggle a bit. This is a set performed with such emotional intensity that it roots you to the spot and never lets you go.

The band begins inside a lighting cage, his high, piercing vocals filling the space with an ethereal sound of breathtaking beauty that still surprises even though you know it so well from recordings.

When they move forward and both sound and light open up, you can’t help but feel as though the entire space is expanding. Something similar happens right at the end, lifting the performance to an even higher plane.

These are two moments that can only be described as transcendent.

Really.


By the end, with his bow broken in two and part of the lighting rig kicked away during one of the loud passages in which – to put it mildly – the lead singer loses it, the microphone stand tumbles off the stage and the band almost melts away. They return only to acknowledge the now-hysterical crowd.

This was really special. These guys just kill it -like no other band I’ve seen.