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Did You See This? French Music-Maker Incredibox


The dapper beat-makers of the Incredibox. Still of online music-maker Incredibox.

Can a game still be great if you can’t do anything wrong? New French music-making game Incredibox proves that the answer is yes. As Laughing Squid points out, the simulator is the product of a a collaboration between multimedia studio So Far So Good and musician Incredible Polo, and the product is a wonderfully surreal free online game that’s as rich in details as any online music-maker I’ve seen yet.
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Listen to the music of Yann Tiersen, composer of "Le fabuleux destin d'Amelie Poulain"'s soundtrack

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Yann Tiersen (born 23 June 1970) is a musician from France. His musical career is split between studio albums, collaborations and film soundtracks with a distinctive sound that is always involved. It can be recognized by its use of a large variety of instruments; primarily the guitar, synthesizer or violin together with instruments like the melodica, xylophone, toy piano, harpsichord, accordion and typewriter. Tiersen is often mistaken as a composer of soundtracks, himself saying “I’m not a composer and I really don’t have a classical background,” but his real focus is on touring and studio albums which just happen to often be suitable for film. His most famous soundtrack for the film Amélie was primarily made up of tracks taken from his first studio albums.

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Inception – Academy-award winner for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

A man in a suit with a gun in his right hand is flanked by five other individuals in the middle of a street which, behind them, is folded upwards. Leonardo DiCaprio's name and those of other cast members are shown above the words "Your Mind Is the Scene of the Crime". The title of the film "INCEPTION", film credits, and theatrical and IMAX release dates are shown at the bottom.

Inception is a 2010 science fiction action heist film which was written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film features an international ensemble cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Dileep Rao, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine. DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, a specialized corporate spy and thief whose work consists of secretly extracting valuable commercial information from the unconscious minds of his targets while they dream. Wanted for murder and unable to visit his children, Cobb is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: “Inception”, the implantation of an original idea into a target’s subconscious.

Inception has received wide critical acclaim and numerous critics have praised its originality, cast, score, and visual effects. It won Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Cinematography, and was also nominated for four more: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Art Direction.

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Video Rewrite, Driving Visual Speech with Audio

Video Rewrite uses existing footage to create automatically new video of a person mouthing words that she did not speak in the original footage. This technique is useful in movie dubbing, for example, where the movie sequence can be modified to sync the actors’ lip motions to the new soundtrack.

Video Rewrite automatically labels the phonemes in the training data and in the new audio track. Video Rewrite reorders the mouth images in the training footage to match the phoneme sequence of the new audio track. When particular phonemes are unavailable in the training footage, Video Rewrite selects the closest approximations. The resulting sequence of mouth images is stitched into the background footage. This stitching process automatically corrects for differences
in head position and orientation between the mouth images and the background footage.

Video Rewrite uses computer-vision techniques to track points on the speaker’s mouth in the training footage, and morphing techniques to combine these mouth gestures into the final video sequence. The new video combines the dynamics of the original actor’s articulations with the mannerisms and setting dictated by the background footage.

Video Rewrite is the first facial-animation system to automate all the labeling and assembly tasks required to resync existing footage to a new soundtrack.
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Interview: Yann Tiersen – French composer of the Award-Winning soundtrack of "Amélie"

Yann Tiersen
Yann Tiersen

Yann Tiersen’s soundtrack to Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s latest blockbuster, Amélie, has garnered the French composer new fans and much acclaim.

Before Montmarte’s most famous resident hit the cultural radar, however, Tiersen’s groundbreaking contemporary music was already lauded.

We caught up with him to chat about Amélie, writing with The Divine Comedy‘s Neil Hannon and to find out if he really is “the Gallic Michael Nyman“…

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Antartida, HBO – Original Music by

What Is Foley?


A sound effects technique for synchronous effects or live effects.The Foley techniques are named for Jack Foley, a sound editor at Universal Studios

Foley artists match live sound effects with the action of the picture.The sound effects are laid “manually” and not cut in with film.
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What Fruit Sounds Like, When You Turn Its Natural Electricity Into Techno Beats

Quiet Ensemble plays fruit, converting its sounds into a techno soundscape.

There’s something intrinsically human about taking mundane objects and converting them into instruments: The rings of a slice of wood become the grooves of a record, Jell-O becomes a band–and, for two young experimental artists, a cornucopia of fruit becomes a natural synthesizer. Listen to the results yourself:

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Sigur Rós – Sæglópur

Sigur Rós (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈsɪːɣʏr ˈroːus] is an Icelandic band known for its ethereal sound, frontman Jónsi Birgisson’s falsetto vocals, the use of bowed guitar and the noticeable incorporation of classical and minimalist aesthetic elements into their music. “Sigur Rós” is Icelandic for “Victory Rose”. The band was named after Jónsi’s newborn sister, Sigurrós Elín.


Von (1997) and Von brigði (1998)

Jón Þór “Jónsi” Birgisson (guitar and vocals), Georg Hólm (bass) and Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson (drums) formed the group in Reykjavík in August 1994. Their name is Icelandic wordplay: while the individual words Sigur and Rós mean, respectively, Victory and Rose, “Victory Rose” wouldn’t be grammatically correct; the name is actually borrowed from Jónsi’s younger sister Sigurrós, who was born the same day as the band was formed, and then split into two words. They soon won a record deal with the local Sugarcubes-owned record label, Bad Taste. In 1997, they released Von (pronounced [vɔːn], meaning “hope”) and in 1998 a remix collection named Von brigði ([vɔːn ˈprɪɣðɪ]). This name is also Icelandic wordplay: Vonbrigði means “disappointment”, but Von brigði means “variations on Von“. The band was joined by Kjartan Sveinsson on keyboards in 1998. He is the only member of Sigur Rós with musical training, and has contributed most of the orchestral and string arrangements for their later work.

Ágætis byrjun (1999)

International acclaim came with 1999’s Ágætis byrjun ([au̯ɣai̯tʰɪs pɪrjʏn] “An all right start”). The album’s reputation spread by word of mouth over the following two years. Soon critics worldwide hailed it as one of the great albums of its time,[4] and the band was playing support to established acts such as Radiohead. Three songs, “Ágætis byrjun”, “Svefn-g-englar”, and a live take of the then-unreleased “Njósnavélin” (later ‘un-named’ “Untitled #4”) appeared in the Cameron Crowe film Vanilla Sky. The two songs also subsequently appeared in the US version of the television series Queer as Folk. Their music has also appeared in the TV series 24 with “Ný batterí”, and CSI with “Svefn-g-englar”. In 2004, Wes Anderson used “Starálfur” in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou as did the Emmy winning 2005 TV film The Girl in the Café. In Enki Bilal’s Immortel (Ad Vitam) the song “Hjartað hamast (bamm bamm bamm)” is used. The song “Svefn-g-englar” was also used on V (2009 TV series) on November 24, 2009 and features prominently in Café de Flore (film) released in 2011.

After the release of Ágætis byrjun, the band became well known for Jónsi’s signature style of reverb accentuated guitar work using a cello’s bow.

Rímur (2001)

In 2001, Sigur Rós christened their newly completed studio by recording an EP with an Icelandic fisherman named Steindór Andersen. The EP contains six songs, all of which feature Steindór Andersen reciting traditional Icelandic poetry called rímur. Sigur Rós accompany him on three songs. Two songs feature Steindór alone. The last song on the EP, “Lækurinn”, is a duet with Sigurður Sigurðarson. A thousand copies of the EP were printed and sold during the spring tour of 2001. The EP was sold in a blank-white-paper case.

( ) (2002)

Drummer Ágúst left the band after the recording of Ágætis byrjun and was replaced by Orri Páll Dýrason. In 2002, their highly anticipated follow-up album ( ) was released. Upon release all tracks on the album were untitled, though the band later published song names on their website. All of the lyrics on ( ) are sung in Vonlenska, also known as Hopelandic, a constructed language without semantic meaning, technically glossolalia, which resembles the phonology of the Icelandic language. It has also been said that the listener is supposed to interpret their own meanings of the lyrics which can then be written in the blank pages in the album booklet.

In 2002, the band also wrote an original score for the Bodyscript dance production by Wayne McGregor Random Dance in collaboration with Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the Arts Council England.

Sigur Rós collaborated with Radiohead in October 2003 to compose music for Merce Cunningham’s dance piece Split Sides; Sigur Rós’s three tracks were named Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do and released in March 2004 while Radiohead’s contribution was never released. Sigur Rós’ 1997 debut album Vonfound a US and UK release in October 2004.

“Untitled 3” (a.k.a. Samskeyti) from the album is used on the video 6AM by film maker Carmen Vidal, winner of the 2006 Student Academy Award. “Untitled 3” is also used at the end credits of the indie drama movie, Mysterious Skin. It can also be heard in Skins and CSI: Miami and the British TV Documentary Protecting Our Children. “Untitled 4” from the album featured in the final scene of Vanilla Sky.

Takk… (2005)

Sigur Rós performing in Hong Kong, on 7 April 2006.

Their fourth album, Takk… ([ˈtʰaʰk]; “Thanks…”) employs the distinctive sound of their second album in a more rock oriented structure with greater use of the guitar, and was released in September 2005. “Hoppípolla” ([ˈhɔʰpiˌpʰɔtl̥a] “Puddle jumping”), the second official single from Takk…, was released in November alongside a new studio remake of “Hafsól” ([ˈhafsoʊ̯l] “Ocean Sun”), a song that was previously released on the band’s 1997 debut, Von. “Hoppípolla” was used in the trailers for the BBC’s natural history series Planet Earth in 2006, as well as the closing credits for the 2006 FA Cup final, ITV’s coverage of the 2006 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, advertisements for the BBC’s coverage of England games during the 2006 FIFA World Cup, on television advertisements for RTÉ’s Gaelic games coverage in Ireland, and on an advertisement for Oxfam. It was also used in the final scene of the movie Penelope, for the trailer of the film Children of Men and for the trailer of the film Slumdog Millionaire. Following this, demand for the single grew. It was made more widely available by EMI in consequence. This song is also used in the trailer for the Disney movie Earth.

An extended Sæglópur EP ([ˈsaɪ̯ˌkloʊ̯pʏr]) was released in July 2006 in most parts of the world and in August in the United States. Its original release was scheduled in May, but because of the sudden demand of “Hoppípolla” it was pushed back from that date. Sigur Rós recorded three new songs to appear on the EP (“Refur”, “Ó friður”, and “Kafari”). In July 2006, Sigur Rós finished a major world tour with stops in Europe, the United States (where they played a headline show at the Hollywood Bowl),Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Japan. Upon return to their homeland, Sigur Rós provided a series of free surprise outdoor concerts throughout Iceland in July and August, playing in various venues such as abandoned bunkers and community coffee shops, all of which were included in the 2007 documentary film Heima. They also performed twice in the United States in February.

Heima and Hvarf/Heim (2007)

At UCLA in 2008, playing an acoustic set before screening Heima

In August 2007, a limited DVD+CD edition of the 2002 soundtrack to the documentary Hlemmur was released. Hvarf/Heim ([ˈkʰvarf], [ˈhɛɪ̯m]) was released on 5 November (6 November in the U.S.), a double compilation album containing studio versions of previously unreleased songs — “Salka” [ˈsalka], “Hljómalind” [ˈɬʲoʊ̯maˌlɪnt] (formerly known as “Rokklagið”), “Í Gær” [i ˈcaɪ̯r] and “Von” on Hvarf, and acoustic studio versions of the songs: “Samskeyti” ([ˈsamˌscɛɪ̯tɪ]), “Starálfur” [ˈstarˌaʊ̯lvʏr], “Vaka”[ˈvaːka], “Ágætis Byrjun”, “Heysátan” [ˈhɛɪ̯saʊ̯tan] and “Von”, on Heim. On the same day (20 November in the U.S.) Heima, a live DVD of the previous summer’s Iceland tour, was released. Just prior to the release of Hvarf/Heim, on 29 October, a single named “Hljómalind” was released.

To promote their film Heima, the band scheduled a series of premiere screenings throughout the world, featuring a short acoustic set before the film and a question-and-answer session afterwards.

Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (2008)

Main article: Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust

The band’s fifth regular studio album (pronounced [mɛð sʏð i ˈeiːrʏm vɪð ˈspɪːlʏm ˈɛndaløysd], “With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly”), recorded with producer Flood in downtown Reykjavík,[10] was released in June 2008 to generally positive reviews. Stylistically different from their earlier releases, it featured fewer strings and more guitar,[11] and had more pop-oriented songs, making it “the group’s most accessible effort” while maintaining the “majestic beauty that defines the band’s music.”[12] The final track “All Alright” is the band’s first to be sung in English, though all the other lyrics are in Icelandic.

Sigur Rós performing in Bournemouth, United Kingdom, 2008

The band were announced as a headlining act for the 2008 Splendour in the Grass Festival in Byron Bay, Australia,[13] Latitude Festival 2008,[14] and the 2008 La Route du Rock Festival in St Malo, France.[15] In addition, the band performed a late-night set at the 2008 Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee,[16] where they blew a speaker at the end of their second song. Jónsi Birgisson commented, “The piano is exploding, I think,” one of the few things spoken in English.

The band released the first song from the album entitled “Gobbledigook” for free on their website, along with a music video.[17][18]

On June 8, the whole album was made available for free streaming on their website[19] and[20]

In the fall of 2008 Sigur Rós embarked on a world tour supporting their newly released album. The band played as a four-piece without Amiina and the brass band, the first time the band had played as a four-piece in seven years. The tour started on 17 September 2008 in the United States, at the United Palace Theater in New York City, and finished with a concert in Reykjavík at Laugardalshöll on 23 November 2008. The majority of the tour was European with the exception of concerts in the United States, Australia, Canada and Japan.

The track “Festival” from the album features in the score of the 2010 film 127 Hours, providing the euphoric backing to the climax of the movie.

Hiatus, Inni, and Valtari (2009–present)

However, before taking the stage in April at Coachella 2010, Jónsi commented that Sigur Rós will be getting back to work this year: “I’m gonna record some other stuff with Sigur Rós when I’m home”, which will take place between a series of shows during his solo tour in summer 2010.[23] On 1 February 2011 Jonsi’s official website announced that he would be back in the studio with the band over the spring, but provided no further information.[24]On 28 May 2009 Sigur Rós announced that they had almost completed recording their latest album.[21] The band said the album is taking form as a slower and more ambient record than both Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust and Takk…. The music is also described as melodic but much less noisy and more “out there” than previous albums. The unnamed album was expected to be released sometime in 2010. However, the band later revealed that the recordings had been scrapped. In a 2010 interview, Jónsi confirmed “We haven’t got another album ready,” he said. “It was just a rumour. We started to record something, but then we chucked it all away. So I think we are going to have to start it all again.”[22] Sigur Rós have yet to reveal when they will start work on the new album but the band are rumoured to be on indefinite hiatus as of January 2010.[22]

On August 11, 2011 Sigur Rós’ official website unveiled a trailer for a project called Inni.[25] This is a DVD and double CD of the band’s live performances in London, and was directed by Vincent Morisset. It was screened at the Venice Film Festival, and saw official release in November 2011. At the2011 Festival in September, members of Sigur Rós took questions from the audience. During this, Orri Páll Dýrason confirmed that they would be touring in 2012 and also that a new album was in the making.[citation needed]

On September 16,[clarification needed] the Inni album and live video became available to pre-order from the band’s site in a variety of formats, additionally the band made the video for the song “Festival” available to watch online, as well as offering a free download of the audio for the song performance[clarification needed].[26]

On 3 November 2011 following the UK premiere of “Inni” at the British Film Institute in London, the band members participated in a Q&A session during which Georg promised that 2012 would be a “very busy” year for Sigur Rós. The band hinted at a new album and tour in the second half of 2012. The Q&A session was curtailed when a stage light began to emit smoke and the room was evacuated.

“The band’s next album is scheduled for release in the spring. Based on excerpts presented by Mr. Sveinsson, the new music promises to be as exceptional as the best of the band’s catalog. Mr. Hólm called it “introverted,” while Mr. Birgisson said it was “floaty and minimal.” “An ambient album” was how Mr. Dýrason described it, with “a slow takeoff toward something.” For a visitor who heard a preliminary recording in which Mr. Birgisson’s falsetto was surrounded by rich choral voices and what sounded like a pipe organ, the music was thrilling.” [27]

In February 2012, Sigur Rós announced their live return with festival appearances at Bestival – England, Summer Sonic Festival – Japan, and other shows in Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Poland and Italy. They are listed as part of Montréal’s Osheaga 2012 lineup.[28]

An interview with the band in a March 2012 issue of Q Magazine confirmed the completion of a new album, titled Valtari and scheduled for release on May 28, 2012. On March 26, the band released the first official single from the album, “Ekki Múkk.”[29] On April 14, the complete album leaked out on the internet[30].


Vonlenska is a term used to describe the unintelligible lyrics sung by the band,[31] in particular by Jónsi. It is also commonly known by the English translation of its name, Hopelandic. It takes its name from “Von”, a song on Sigur Rós’s debut album Von where it was first used.

Vonlenska is a non-literal language, without fixed syntax, and differs from constructed languages that can be used for communication. It focuses entirely on the sounds of language; lacking grammar, meaning, and even distinct words. Instead, it consists of emotive non-lexical vocables andphonemes; in effect, Vonlenska uses the melodic and rhythmic elements of singing without the conceptual content of language. In this way, it is similar to the use of scat singing in vocal jazz. The band’s website describes it as “a form of gibberish vocals that fits to the music”;[32] it is similar in concept to the ‘nonsense’ language often used by Cocteau Twins singer Elizabeth Fraser in the 1980s and 1990s. Most of the syllable strings sung by Jónsi are repeated many times throughout each song, and in the case of ( ), throughout the whole album.

Songs featuring Vonlenska

Sigur Rós performing in Barcelona, 2005

  • From Von:
    • “Von”
  • From Ágætis byrjun:
    • “Olsen Olsen”
    • “Ágætis byrjun” (towards the end)
  • From ( ):
    • All songs with vocals are sung exclusively in Vonlenska.
  • From Takk…:
    • “Hoppípolla” (following the Icelandic line “En ég stend alltaf upp [But I always get back up]”)
    • “Sé lest”
    • “Sæglópur” (with Icelandic at the end)
    • “Mílanó”
    • “Gong”
    • “Andvari”
    • “Svo hljótt” (following the Icelandic line “Ég þakka þér þá von… [I appreciate your hope]”)
  • From Hvarf:
    • “Salka”
    • “Hljómalind”
    • “Í Gær”
    • “Von”
    • “Hafsól” (in the middle and towards the end)
  • From Heim:
    • “Vaka”
    • “Ágætis byrjun” (towards the end)
    • “Von”
  • From Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust:
    • “Við spilum endalaust” (with Hopelandic in all the refrains between the lines “Við spiluðum [we played]” and in the end)
    • “Festival”
    • “Ára bátur” (following the Icelandic line “Ég fór, þú fórst [I went, you went]” + entire second half)
    • “Fljótavik” (towards the end)
    • “All Alright” (towards the end)
  • Other Songs:
    • “Fönklagið”
    • “Gítardjamm”
    • “Nýja lagið”
    • “Heima” [DVD version]


  • Jón Þór “Jónsi” Birgisson – lead vocals, guitars, bowed guitar, keyboards, harmonica, banjo, bass guitar (since 1994)
  • Georg “Goggi” Hólm – bass guitar, glockenspiel, toy piano, backing vocals (since 1994)
  • Kjartan “Kjarri” Sveinsson – synthesizers, keyboards, piano, organs, programming, guitars, flute, tin whistle, oboe, banjo, backing vocals (since 1998)
  • Orri Páll Dýrason – drums, percussion, keyboards (since 1999)

Former members

  • Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson – drums, percussion (1994–1999)


Main article: Sigur Rós discography
  • Von (1997)
  • Ágætis byrjun (1999)
  • ( ) (2002)
  • Takk… (2005)
  • Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (2008)
  • Valtari (2012)


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