Saturday, May 06, 2006

5/6/06 Hopelandic

Mike sends an informational article about the Icelandic band Sigur Ros.

"On the first three Sigur Rós albums (Von, Von Brigði, Ágætis Byrjun), Jónsi sang most songs in Icelandic but two of them (Von and Olsen Olsen) were sung in 'Hopelandic'. All of the vocals ( ) are in Hopelandic. Hopelandic (Vonlenska in Icelandic) is the 'invented language' in which Jónsi sings before lyrics are written to the vocals. It's of course not an actual language by definition (no vocabulary, grammar, etc.), it's rather a form of gibberish vocals that fits to the music and acts as another instrument. Jónsi likens it with what singers sometimes do when they've decided on the melody but haven't written the lyrics yet. Many languages were considered to be used on ( ), including English, but they decided on Hopelandic. Hopelandic (Vonlenska) got its name from first song which Jónsi sang it on, Hope (Von)."

Reminds me of scatting in vocal jazz. In my high school jazz group, we bet a guy that he couldn't incorporate "donuts" into his scat during a concert. He did... "D-d-d-donuts". It exists on video tape somewhere.

Speaking of Sigur Ros, Mike also sends some free (legal) downloads of Sigur Ros songs.

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