A couple of days ago I mentioned “arguably the most gorgeous ten minutes of music ever composed” — that’s a pretty bold statement, I know.

Well, if you’re curious about what that ten minutes sounds like, download the song and find out for yourself. It’s best if you listen with the lights off, and with patience; it won’t have much of an impact unless you concentrate and give it a chance. If you do give it a (metaphorical) spin, let me know what you think.

After listening to the song, you might also want to check out the video, itself quite stunning. It features members of the Perlan Theater Group, an Icelandic troupe of actors with Down Syndrome, dressed as angels and dancing in slow motion. If you’re willing to leave your cynicism at the door, it’s beautiful.

The last few days have been a blur. People have left (sadly), and more people have come in. IHouse is hopping, as school starts in three days and most people have nothing to do. Of course, I do, but I’m diligently avoiding it as usual.

Gonna hang out with Wing and Jen tomorrow. Yesssss!!!

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2 Responses to Svefn-g-englar

  1. Anonymous says:


    Yes I’m a little bored. More people should post here!

    I agree with one of the comments on that webpage from where you download the music, it sounds like something from K-PAX. Especially because of the computer-generated sine waves.

    I’d have to disagree with your statement though (sure call me a cynic), because it’s not the “most gorgeous ten minutes of music” I’ve ever heard. It’s not bad though. Beauty of music, like beauty in all art, can only be judged by the impression it makes on you personally (beauty in the eye of the beholder, cliche I know). I’d also argue that music is an extension of your mood at that particular moment, thus your appreciation of this piece of music is only fleeting.

    Don’t you hate when people ask you your favorite composer, piece of music, work of art, etc.? I do because I can’t decide upon a specific work that appeals to me most, and I don’t know many people who can answer that question with the same answer with complete honesty.

    Well, I’m off to Korea in a few days, keep checking my news page while I’m away : Self-Promotional Advertisement ( ). ;)

    • aj says:

      Re: music

      You’re absolutely right; it’s not like I listen to that when I’m pissed off and still find it enchanting.

      Music (modern music, at least) is all about mood… which is of course why I, like you, don’t have a top 5 albums list or a favorite artist, etc. I can only do general, approximate rankings of quality.

      That said, though, when I’m feeling mellow, this song pretty much blows me away.