6 Feb 2014, 15:55 by Kaddlah
7 Jan 2014, 00:25 by Skonrokk
Free, "pay what you like", digital download of the song: http://www.siggidori.bandcamp.com/track/n-m
This is a song Sigurdór wrote back in 2005 called "Næm" (Naem, pronounced "Naim" ... or perhaps you could try to say "mine" backwards! :)
Featured on Ian Shepherd's "Home Mastering Masterclass": http://www.bit.ly/HomeMasteringMasterclass
Recorded in June 2011 and comped together from a few incomplete takes. All instruments in the same room. :)
Live recording in a rehearsal room. No isolation.
Mixed and mastered by Sigurdór Guðmundsson @ skonrokk Studios in October/November 2013.
Drums: recorded with RØDE NT1-A 1 (overheads), Shure Beta 57A (bass drum) and Shure SM57 (snare).
Tenor sax: RØDE K2.
Electric bass: Demeter Tube Direct.
Nord Electro (keys): direct.
Drums recorded through the 4-710d preamp from Universal Audio. The rest went through Apogee Ensemble.
George L. Claassen: drums
Kolbeinn Tumi Haraldsson: keyboard
Auðun Freyr Ingvarsson: saxophone
Sigurdór Guðmundsson: composer, electric bass, audio engineering, recording, mixing, mastering.
Mixed and mastered by Sigurdór Guðmundsson @ skonrokk studios in October/November 2013.
Photo credits: http://www.flickr.com/photos/siggidori/2402048472/
25 Mar 2011, 12:30 by Skonrokk
Here's a short little bass theme I wrote for (or inspired by) the event.
Theme for Ian
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19 Dec 2010, 20:59 by SkonrokkHello friends and music lovers.
l just wanted to recommend this album here: Don't Wear It Out by HC Erbs.
HC Erbs played trumpet on the Menn Ársins (12 Steps to the Liquor Store & Allt að gerast.
Don't Wear It Out is a great sounding album with melodic jazzy pop songs. Good songs and very well produced.
Check it out and I hope you like :)
29 Sep 2010, 09:35 by SkonrokkHere is a transcription of my fretless bass solo ft. on the Menn Ársins song "Last Chance to say goodbye" from the Menn Ársins (debut) CD.
Last Chance to Say Goodbye - fretless bass solo by Siggidóri, on Flickr
You can listen to the song at:
Last Chance to say goodbye (free download)
http://mennarsins.bandcamp.com/track/last-chance-to-say-goodbye (pay what you like for the album on Bandcamp)
Haraldur Vignir Sveinbjörnsson (Red Barnett): Rhodes, vocals
Kjartan Guðnason: drums, vibraphone, percussion
Sigurdór Guðmundsson: fretless bass
Sváfnir Sigurðarson: acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Read the full article at:
Í hljóðverinu með Mönnum Ársins by Siggidóri, on Flickr
22 Feb 2010, 09:50 by SkonrokkHere's the song Langir skuggar [radio performance]
Recent radio performance with Menn Ársins. Unreleased track.
The mix is not so great but I really tried to save what I could in the mastering process.
Check it out and I hope you enjoy!
Have a great week!
5 Feb 2009, 14:30 by Skonrokk
The last.fm artist and track spelling auto-correction is here. And it's far from perfect yet.
After this feature became active. Listeners of the Menn Ársins track "12 Steps to the Liquor Store" Have been redirected to an older spelling of the track name, a spelling the band used before the album came out. The spelling used before the release of the album was "12 Steps 2 the Liquor Store".
As anyone can see in tracklist from the Menn Ársins album info. Then the artist himself made that way of spelling the tracks very very clear.
I can't help but wonder how on earth last.fm came to the conclusion it came to.
I would appreciate if listeners would flag and suggest corrections accordingly!
Thank you! :-)
26 Nov 2008, 01:13 by Skonrokk
Buy the Menn Ársins CD via Pay Pal
You can now buy the debut CD from Menn Ársins (Iceland) directly from the band. They'll personally wrap the CD and take it to the post office!
The price is $18 which includes packing and world wide shipping.
All the 12 tracks from the album (self titled Menn Ársins) are available for full preview here on last.fm and some even for free download.
So.... hope you like and ... sponsor independent music!
The track list:
Running a Motorway
Allt að gerast
What Good is a Love Song
Sjáumst fljótlega aftur
Þögnin heyrir allt
Þegar augu okkar mætast
Love to Turn you on
Last Chance to say goodbye
12 Steps to the Liquor Store
Menn Ársins are:
Haraldur Vignir Sveinbjörnsson (a.k.a. Red Barnett) - keyboard, guitar, vocals
Kjartan “Diddi” Guðnason – drums and percussion, background vocals
Sigurdór Guðmundsson – electric bass
Sváfnir Sigurðarson – vocals, guitar
3 Oct 2008, 21:16 by SkonrokkListen to the song: 12 Steps to the Liquor Store
"The origin of this song, 12 Steps to the Liquor Store, goes back to 2005 when bassist Sigurdór Guðmundsson was writing material for upcoming projects. At that time the song had a different melody and no lyrics (and was called "Calm Mouse", see also: Calm Mouse (live). That version of the song was for instance performed by the Icelandic/Danish group Amalgam in 2005.
Fast forward 2 years and we have Menn Ársins preparing material for an upcoming album. Sigurdór throws this song into the suggestion pool and it gets a makeover from Haraldur Vignir, their keyboard player. New melody is written by him as well as the lyrics. The horn arrangement (originally inspired by one of Chris Speed's songs) is kept.
The rest of the band was skeptical that the song was anything that fitted for them. Nevertheless the song was practiced briefly before the band went into Lundgaard Studios in Denmark (November 2007) to lay down the basic tracks for the album.
When in Denmark, Sigurdór contacts his band mate from Amalgam, trumpet player Hans Christian Erbs (HC). HC comes to the studio and plays the trumpet parts and solos while the track is recorded.
Icelandic lyrics where tried but didn't work well, so the English version was finished.
On the last evening of their recording period in Lundgaard Studios the band gets a visit from three young danish jazz musicians (members of the Suntan Trio) that had just arrived to record at the other studio at Lundgaard. They ask if they can listen to some tracks. And while enjoying some fresh tracks and some Icelandic liquor they are asked by Menn Ársins to help with some background vocals and general party vibes on the track.
When working on the overdubs, back home in Iceland, the band calls in tenor saxophonist Steinar Sigurðarson to play the rest of the horn arrangement and add some solos.
Available on last.fm in late May 2008.
Released for airplay in Iceland, late May / early June 2008.
Haraldur Vignir Sveinbjörnsson - keyboards, vocals, composer, lyrics
Sigurdór Guðmundsson - electric bass, composer, horn arrangement, background party choir and hand claps.
Sváfnir Sigurðarson - electric guitar, background party choir and hand claps.
Kjartan Guðnason - drums, percussion, background party choir and hand claps.
Hans Christian Erbs (HC) - trumpet
Steinar Sigurðarson - tenor saxophone
Jazper Lindenhoff - background party choir
Søren Østergaard - background party choir."
26 Jun 2007, 04:59 by SkonrokkListen to: Surviving Memory while you read this. :-)
Born in Reykjavik, Iceland 1966, Skúli Sverrisson studied bass and composition with Jón Sigurðsson and made his first recording with his group Pax Vobis in 1984. He later appeared on over 30 recordings with various Icelandic artists.
In 1987 Sverrisson attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where he received his B.M. degree. During that time he quickly became a first-call bassist in the music scene performing with several notable artists such as Bob Moses, Danilo Perez, Wolfgang Muthspiel and Mino Cinelu and started his ongoing collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Carsten Tiedemann.
In 1989, he Formed Mo Boma with Carsten Tiedemann, a group that later included Jamshied Sharifi. Mo Boma have recorded four albums for Extreme, "Jijimuge" and the acclaimed trilogy, "Myths of the Near Future - Part One, Myths Of The Near Future: Part Two, Myths Of The Near Future Part Three".
In 1989 he also joined Sony recording artists Full Circle and recorded with them the critically acclaimed album "Secret Stories", voted best jazz album at the Boston Music Awards. Sverrisson toured with them in both Europe and U.S.A.
Through his interest in the music, film and writers of the avant garde, he became aware of the importance of improvisation as means of creating new music. Working with composer/trumpeter Leo Smith also inspired new ideas in improvisation. Sverrisson has improvised with Derek Bailey, Peter Brotzmann, Tim Berne, John Lurie, Nana Vasconselos and numerous other notable musicians.
Sverrisson joined The Allan Holdsworth Band in 1991 and toured the world with the group. He performed on the 1994 recording, "Hard Hat Area". He has also collaborated with Arto Lindsay, Towa Tei, Blonde Redhead and Peter Scherer.
Although working in many different genres his principal focus is tape compositions. Sverrisson describes the process as taking audio snapshots of the interior architecture of sound. In his solo work, his interest in electronics and extended techniques of his instrument meet.
Sverrisson is currently reconstructing improvisations with Anthony Burr and Chris Speed and performing with Pachora, Erik Friedlander and Gregg Bendian.
Current and upcoming releases include:
Pachora - Knitting Factory Works
Chris Speed - songlines
Gemini (with Theo Bleckmann and Ben Monder) - Songlines.
Reposted from: http://www.xtr.com/artists/skuli_sverrisson.php