Icelandic music #01

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Featured in this post:

Apparat Organ Quartet
Árstíðir (Seasons)
Fjallabræður (Mountain Brothers)
Rokkkór Íslands (Rock Choir of Iceland)
Valdimar Guðmundsson and Sigríður Thorlacius


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Ísland farsælda frón

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Ísland farsælda frón is set to the famous poem Ísland (Iceland) by Jónas Hallgrímsson. The poem was published in 1835; I haven’t been able to find out who created the music (click the link above for a detailed translation and discussion).

Voces Thules (0:47)

The Voces Thules version was my first encounter with this piece.

Árstíðir (1:35)

Rokkkór Íslands (Rock Choir of Iceland) (4:44)


This last version is really fun, wacky and out there. The band has little or no internet presence and may no longer exist.

Renewable energy videos #1: PVA and batteries

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Battery Powered Homes
Catalyst (ABC) – 30 minutes

Simon Hackett on ABC News 24 – Home Energy Storage

Elon Musk Debuts the Tesla Powerwall

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The music of Eric Whitacre

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Virtual Choir: Lux Aurumque

Eric Whitacre is a composer/conductor who has produced some very beautiful music with four virtual choirs, most of whose members have never met face-to-face.

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Yo comments are wack

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Vampire Squid from Hell

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Vampyroteuthis infernalis

… is the literal translation of this lovely creature’s formal name, Vampyroteuthis infernalis. Isn’t is a cutie? I mean, look at that mouth.

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That Old Spice ad

Sunday, 4 April 2010

I usually go to extreme lengths to avoid seeing TV advertisements, but I can’t resist this hilarious, fascinating, gone-viral Old Spice ad:

Where did the concept come from? How did they transition from shower to horse? Was it a single take? Was it all CGI?

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