It’s A Long – LONG! – Strange Trip: Sigur Rós Launches “Route One” Webstream

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Watch it below. But take your time.

By Blurt Staff

Iceland heroes Sigur Rós have been setting us up for a streaming “Route One” event as “a 24-hour ‘Slow TV’ broadcast on Iceland’s National Television channel RÚV 2 and YouTube.”

And yes, as you might imagine, there’s new content involved, specifically ‘Óveður’,” According to Stereogum, “Beginning at tonight’s Summer Solstice and continuing through the longest day of the year, the broadcast will trace a 1,332 kilometer trip counterclockwise around Iceland’s coastal ring road, passing national landmarks including Vatnajökull (Europe’s largest ice-sheet), Jökulsárlón (a glacial lagoon), the East Fjords, and “the desolate black sands of Möðrudalur.”

“In a day and age of instant gratification and everything moving so fast,” says the band’s Jonsi, “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.”

Well, all right then! Needless to say press coverage such as this completely undermine the entire intention behind Slow TV. Well, add any rate, it’s streaming right now and it sounds pretty, uh, slow. Great, too. Adds the band, tellingly:

throughout the entire course of tonight and tomorrow sigur rós will be unveiling a 24-hour ‘slow tv’ event live on iceland’s national television – and streaming live globally via youtube – set to a constantly evolving soundtrack based around elements of new song óveður.

starting at tonight’s summer solstice and continuing throughout the longest day of the year, ‘route one’ is a 1332km journey the whole way round iceland’s coastal ring road, broadcasting the trip live in its entirety, via national television channel rúv 2.

“in a day and age of instant gratification and everything moving so fast, we wanted to do the exact opposite,” says 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 will pass 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.

the soundtrack to the journey is being created moment-by-moment via generative music software. the 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.

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