Friday, November 04, 2016

Tónlist

This is a very good word, made from two parts. First you take tón (it means “tone”) and then you add list (it means “art”). When you take tón and list, and join them together, you get good things like this:



As part of my “winding down” of my Icelandic obsession, I’ve compiled an index of (almost) all the Icelandic musical acts mentioned in the last 12 years on Flippism is the Key. I saw most of these groups at Iceland Airwaves, which is going on RIGHT NOW! I've made numerous references to this festival: it is truly unique. When I went (in 2006 and 2009) I found it to be a five-day-non-stop-hallucination. I’ll never forget it. Now, seven years later, I’m out of the loop concerning most of the acts playing this year but, if I were there, one group I would definitely see is Gangly:



A paradox: As the Web becomes more commercialized, there are fewer and fewer places to actually find in-depth coverage of this event! I did find Neil Minton, an old-school blogger, attending as well as Columbia College, who covers Airwaves every year. KEXP, out of Seattle, has the most coverage, although I've found their site to be almost impossible to navigate. Erik Valebrokk has great writing and photo coverage of the event, unfortunately it is in Norwegian! Google translate (without pictures) version.

Looking backward, at the names of the acts listed below, I’m almost overcome by the amount of great, original and honest music I would have never been aware of had it not been for this festival. A heartfelt thanks to all those acts and especially to Auður Ösp Olafsdóttir, who planted the seed of my Iceland Airwaves adventures with her blog posts in 2005.

Here is the list of the various groups I've mentioned in FITK over the years (*=music actually purchased by me):

Agent Fresco
Amiina *
Apparat Organ Quartet *
Æla
Baggalútur *
Bárujárn
Bedroom Community
Benni Hemm Hemm
Biggi Hilmars
Björk *
Björt
Borko
Buff
Cosmic Call
Daníel Bjarnarson
Ditka
DJ Margeir
Dr. Spock
Egill Sæbjörnsson
Evil Madness
Fufanu
Ghostigital
GusGus
Hafdís Huld
Ham
Hekla Magnúsdóttir *
Hellvar/Heiða
Hildur Gunðadóttir
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson *
Hjaltalín
Hjörvar
Hraun
Hudson Wayne
Jakobínarína
Kalli
Kimono
Kira Kira
Kitchen Motors
Langi Seli Og Skuggarnir
Ljáðu Okkur Eyra
Jóhann Jóhannsson *
Mikado
Mezzoforté
Múgsefjun
Múm *
My Summer as a Salvation Soldier
Mysterious Marta
Nóra
Oculus
Ojba Rasta
Ólafur Arnalds
Ólöf Arnalds *
Orphix Oxtra
Páll Óskar *
Pascal Pinon *
Red Barnett
Retro Stefson
Rokkurró *
Samaris *
Screaming Masterpiece *
Shadow Parade
Sin Fang Bous
Sindrí
Siggi Ármann
Sigur Rós *
Ske
Sóley
Sprengjuhöllin
Stórsveit Nix Noltes *
Svavar Knútur
Toggi
Úlfur Eldjárn
Ultra Mega Technobandið Stefán
Uni
Unun *
Útidúr
Valgeir Sigurðsson *
Vicky
Wim Van Hooste


Hatnote from Every Single Word in Icelandic

By Professor Batty



2 Comments:

Blogger Jono said...

That is a lot of music. I hope I can get back there again. So much to absorb.


Blogger Professor Batty said...

Looking at the list again, it is a lot, especially since none of the acts (excepting Björk and Sigur Rós) are mainstream artists. How great is this-that an Island nation of less than 400,000 inhabitants can give so much.

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