A great YouTube video: Sigur Rós – Route One
Sigur Rós – Route One / Þjóðvegur eitt
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.