The highly atmospheric Icelandic band’s latest project, the concert film and accompanying live album inni, was recorded over two nights at London’s Alexandra Palace. (Image: Anton Brink)
Directed by Vincent Morriset, the film aims to place Sigur Rós in a wider ‘cultural and geographical context’, with the focus firmly on the four musicians and their ethereal music. Almost all awareness of the audience or venue has been stripped away, while the movie’s distinctive look owes a great deal to its unusual production process: footage originally filmed on HD digital was transferred to 16mm, then projected and partially re-filmed through various glass and prisms.
London’s Hackenbacker provided audio post services for the ambitious film – a project that delighted Hackenbacker director Nigel Heath, who is a long-time fan of Sigur Rós.
“It was at a particularly hectic time, but my assistant, Alex Fielding, and I were so keen to work on the project that we made it happen,” said Heath. “Mastering the project was great fun, helped by the fact that the material provided by the band’s sound engineer Birgir Jon Birgisson, which was recorded at their Sundlaugin Studio in Iceland, was superb in terms of content, execution and presentation. They’re obviously – and very rightly – famous for their attention to sonic detail and quality and this really helped make for efficient, happy and relaxed sessions in our studio.
“I remember wishing that some British artists could learn a little from this. We had a great time – especially at the post-session curries. I’m really very proud to have been a small part of this wonderful and boundary-pushing project.”
Birgir Jon Birgisson – who attended all of the mastering sessions, along with band member Kjartan Sveinsson – added: “Putting the finishing touches to inni at Hackenbacker was a real pleasure. Nigel and his team seemed to be really into it and from the minute we walked in, we got the feeling that their aim was the same as ours – to create the great experience of Sigur Rós playing live. The room at Hackenbacker sounds fantastic and I remember thinking that I would probably never hear inni sounding like that again. I really hope I get the chance to work there again in the future.”
Image Credit: Anton Brink