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Björk

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...The avant-garde music and visual presentation of Björk challenged the common understanding of popular music while imbuing it with a unique futurism. Björk was born in 1965 in Iceland; her mother was an activist and her father was a union...

Sigur Rós

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...Sigur Rós is an Icelandic post-rock band, famous for its use of vocalizations and Birgisson’s use of a cello bow on his guitar. Throughout the band’s career, its music has been used in a variety of media, including advertising and film. Jón...

Rímur

Tom Everrett

Tom Everrett is an instructor in the School of Journalism and Communication and member of the Hypertext and Hypermedia digital humanities research centre at Carleton University, Canada. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Old Norse for ‘rhymes,’ rímur is a distinct form of poetry that has been performed throughout Iceland since at least the fourteenth century (see Steingrímsson 2000). Braving unpredictable environmental conditions, foreign political...

The Values of Eurovision

Dean Vuletic

Dean Vuletic is a historian of contemporary Europe who, as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, has led the project ‘Eurovision: A History of Europe through Popular Music’ at the University of Vienna, Austria. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Scholarly Books

...It was a moment of national pride for Iceland at a time of economic shame. Just after the beginning in September 2008 of a financial crisis in the state that saw the collapse of three of its major banks, Iceland’s Yohanna finished in second...

Time

Lutz Koepnick

Lutz Koepnick is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of German, Cinema and Media Arts at Vanderbilt University, USA, where he also chairs the Department of German, Russian and East European Studies and directs the Joint-Ph.D. Program in Comparative Media Analysis and Practice (CMAP). Koepnick has published widely on film, media art, new media aesthetic, sound art, and intellectual history from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. He is the author of The Long Take: Art Cinema and the Wondrous (2017), Michael Bay: World Cinema in the Age of Populism (2017), On Slowness: Toward an Aesthetic of the Contemporary (2014); Framing Attention: Windows on Modern German Culture (2007); and The Dark Mirror: German Cinema between Hitler and Hollywood (2002). Koepnick is the co-author of Windows | Interface (2007), and co-editor of various anthologies on sound culture, new media aesthetics, aesthetic theory, German cinema, and questions of exile. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Resonant Matter : Sound, Art, and the Promise of Hospitality

Bloomsbury Academic, 2021

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...Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors, 2012 (Ólafur Jónsson). See also Plate 6. On Slowness The field of screen-based installation, performance, and sound art has witnessed remarkable forays into the slow and durational over the last...

Completing the Mystery of Her Flesh: Love, Eroticism, and Identity in Björk’s Videos

Music/Video : Histories, Aesthetics, Media

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Introduction Music, it can be argued, is often used as a means of self-expression, as a reflection on the musician’s life, experiences, and choices; by matching songs with videos, the musician can delve deeper into this self-investigation...

‘More than pets of multiculturalism’: Diasporic hybridity in Icelandic popular music – the case of Retro Stefson

Transglobal Sounds : Music, Youth and Migration

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...It’s only my second day at Airwaves and already I have some solid advice. Icelanders: do not attempt to replicate the music of the African diaspora, especially reggae and hip-hop. You will fail. Miserably and laughably. Be yourselves...

Hip-Hop in Iceland

Tony Mitchell

Tony Mitchell is an honorary research associate at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He is the author of Popular Music and Local Identity: Rock, Pop and Rap in Europe and Oceania (1994), editor of Global Noise: Rap and Hip hop outside the USA (2001), co-editor of North Meets South: Popular Music in Aotearoa New Zealand (2004), Sounds of Then, Sounds of Now: Popular Music in Australia (2007), Home, Land and Sea: Situating Music in Aotearoa New Zealand (2011) Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...According to Jakobsdóttir (2003) and Ingólfsdóttir (2006), Icelandic rap began as a translation of a foreign culture, in which melodies were often taken from old songs and where texts reference other texts. Then, as with rap in France...

Björk's Homogenic

Emily Mackay

Emily Mackay is the author of Homogenic (#127). Find her at emilymackay.contently.com. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

33 1/3 Books

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...In recent years, Björk's artistry has become ever more ambitious and ever more respected. With the release of her conceptual app-album Biophilia in 2011, and a huge retrospective exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art coinciding...

Sigur Rós’s ( )

Ethan Hayden

Ethan Hayden is the author of Sigur Rós’s () (#99). Find him at ethanhayden.com. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

33 1/3 Books

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...Words like “inspiring,” “expansive,” and “moving” are regularly used to describe Sigur Rós's ( ), and yet the only words heard on the record itself are a handful of meaningless nonsense syllables. The album has no title-or rather, its title...