What is Sonic Iceland?
It’s a portrait of Iceland and its music. We are fans of Icelandic music. We are fans of Icelandic nature. We love to talk to other people, and we love to take pictures. And this is exactly what we combined in SONIC ICELAND: interviews, pictures, words. It’s something of a hybrid between a travel journal and a music magazine.
Besides the fact that we fell for the images and sounds in Sigur Ros’ film Heima, we also want to spread the word about Icelandic musicians, because there’s so much good music coming from this island. There are hundreds of great Icelandic artists, and we think they deserved to be mentioned and presented in whatever way possible.
We want to share. And the best opportunity for this is obviously the web – that’s where can post whatever we want. The website is one-stop-location for anyone who’s interested in Iceland and its music. But it is also the very personal story of our travels.
Is there more coming up?
The Sonic Iceland book has been our main focus right from the start, even though we have decided to publish a website (see above) first. Nevertheless, we’ll do everything possible to have Sonic Iceland realised as a printed and published product as well. Pictures just look better in printed form, and we have something we can give our parents for Christmas.
We have already talked to some publishers, but will finalise this after the summer. Additionally, Iceland is the 2011 “guest of honour” of the biggest German book fair in Frankfurt this year (more infos about that). And we think that a perfectly illustrated book covering the Icelandic music scene should certainly not be missing there.
Will you return to Iceland? Or was this a once-off project?
We stayed the whole of June 2010 in Iceland. But we fell in love with the little country and its people, so we’ll try to return as often as possible, to meet our friends and discover more music we can share.
What are your next steps?
We’ll publish the whole story of our travels chapter by chapter on sonic-iceland.com over the next weeks and months, and will also post all interesting and related Icelandic topics over at our blog at sonic-iceland.com/blog. We aim to have the Sonic Iceland book published before this year’s Frankfurt book fair. And of course there’s more music out there to be discovered.
Where can I find more information about Iceland and the music?
Which camera equipment did you use?
Mostly a digital Leica M9 Rangefinder with some nice lenses. Some photos are taken with an old Nikon DSLR, others with a Lomo-LCA Film-Camera.