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song manipulation

have you ever tried tinkering with songs from ágætis byrjun?

ágætis byrjun manipulations by sigur rós

samples from premastered version

below are some samples from an early mastering of ágætis byrjun - this version is almost identical to what was eventually released with a few exceptions.. the album opened with the song "ágætis byrjun" instead of it being the penultimate song. as you can hear below, the transitions and endings of some of the songs are a little different to how they are in the final version.

ágætis byrjun demos by sigur rós

1999 demo

this demo from early 1999 contains a demo version of svefn-g-englar and early live version of ný batterí and flugufrelsarinn from 1998.

svefn-g-englar 1998 demo by sigur rós


photos from ágætis byrjun era

images from 1998/1999 around the time of ágætis byrjun being recorded/released.

  • sigur rós 1998/1999
  • sigur rós 1998/1999
  • sigur rós 1998/1999
  • sigur rós 1998/1999
  • sigur rós 1998/1999
  • sigur rós 1998/1999
  • sigur rós 1998/1999
  • sigur rós 1998/1999
  • sigur rós play at iceland's first gay pride, 1999
  • sigur rós 1998/1999. photo by björg sveinsdóttir.
  • sigur rós 1998/1999. photo by björg sveinsdóttir.
  • sigur rós 1997. photo by björg sveinsdóttir.
  • sigur rós 1997. photo by björg sveinsdóttir.
  • sigur rós 1998/1999. photo by björg sveinsdóttir.
  • sigur rós in fókus magazine 1999
  • sigur rós in fókus magazine 1999
  • sigur rós in fókus magazine 1999
  • jónsi in 1999. courtesy of morgunblađiđ.
  • jónsi in mannlíf magazine 1998/1999
  • sigur rós in 1998/1999
  • sigur rós at icelandic music awards 1999. courtesy of morgunblađiđ.
  • sigur rós in 1999. photo by kristinn ingvarsson. courtesy of morgunblađiđ.
  • sigur rós in 1999. photo by kristinn ingvarsson. courtesy of morgunblađiđ.
  • sigur rós in 1999. courtesy of morgunblađiđ.
  • sigur rós in laugardalshöllin august 1999. courtesy of morgunblađiđ.
  • sigur rós in 1998/1999
  • sigur rós in fókus magazine 1999
  • sigur rós gluing together first edition of ágætis byrjun, june 1999. courtesy of morgunblađiđ.
  • sigur rós at icelandic music awards 1999. courtesy of morgunblađiđ.
  • sigur rós in 1999. courtesy of morgunblađiđ.
  • jónsi and his little sister sigurrós
  • jónsi in 1998/1999
  • sigur rós live in 1999
  • sigur rós live in 1998
  • sigur rós in undirtónar magazine 1999
  • still of sigur rós in popp í reykjavík 1998
  • still of sigur rós in popp í reykjavík 1998
  • sigur rós at undirtónar concert, february 1999
  • sigur rós at undirtónar concert, february 1999
  • sigur rós in morgunblađiđ, 1997

 

"ný batterí" from the film "popp í reykjavík" (1998)

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"the next album is going to be so much better"

one year before the release of ágætis byrjun, the band were interviewed for an icelandic documentary called popp í reykjavík (pop in reykjavik). it is a film about the vibrant icelandic music culture of the late '90s and features interviews and concert footage of promising icelandic bands like gusgus, bellatrix, maus, ensími, quarashi, botnleðja as well as sigur rós.

the band's line up at the time of filming was jónsi, kjartan, goggi and águst.

the above clip, subtitled in english, is an extract from the movie - the song ends abruptly before shifting to a piece about damon albarn. some stills from the video are available here.



nýja lagið at the icelandic opera house (june 12th 1999)

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to celebrate the release of ágætis byrjun, there was a concert at the icelandic opera house on the 12th of june 1999. this recording of the song was released as a bside on the svefn-g-englar ep in late 1999. the song, nýja lagið (new song), only exists in live recordings.

this concert was the last time that águst performed with the band.



icelandic music awards (2000)

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in the icelandic music awards in 2000, jónsi won the "best songwriter" category- in this video he can be seen winning and accepting the prize - after the award ceremony clip there is an interview with kjartan and orri with snippets of "nýja lagið". (the entire clip is in icelandic)




ágætis byrjun from "heima" (2007)

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taken from the heima dvd - recorded in 2007 in the town of vík í mýrdal, the song ágætis byrjun entered the bands setlists again during the promotion tour for "heima".


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