Sigur Rós's ( ) (33 1/3)

Sigur Rós's ( ) (33 1/3)

Ethan Hayden


Words like "inspiring," "expansive," and "moving" are frequently used to explain Sigur Rós's ( ), and but the one phrases heard at the list itself are a handful of meaningless nonsense syllables. The album has no title―or fairly, its identify is not any name: simply an empty pair of parentheses. The purpose being that listeners will fill within the parentheses with their very own identify, their very own interpretation of the sounds at the checklist. The CD sleeve contains twelve pages which are primarily clean, missing tune titles, liner notes or creation credit. in its place, it comprises merely semi-translucent frosted pictures of summary ordinary scenes (tree branches, clouds, etc.), on which the listener is loose to inscribe their very own notes―or no notes in any respect. after which there are the lyrics, sung in a intentionally unintelligible tongue referred to as "Hopelandic" which the band invitations listeners to interpret freely.

Ethan Hayden's e-book does not try and fill within the gaps among the album's parentheses, yet in its place explores the ways that listeners may well try and achieve this. studying the communicative powers of asemantic language, the e-book asks even if tune can convey experience to nonsense. What occurs to the voice while it stops making a song traditional language: does it easily turn into one other musical device, or is it by some means extra "human"? What position does area play on ( )? and the way can we interpret song that we can't probably comprehend, yet suppose very deeply that we do?

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