Rock The Acoustics

Turn this up so you get as good a sound-space as your gear allows:
Honestly, I usually avoid devotional music because it’s usually only good in spite of the religion. I assume they are singing some old norse bowling league scores.:


The head-space of this recording is similar to (but inferior to) that of the Hilliard Ensemble recording of Arvo Part’s “Stabat Mater” (which I will probably link to some day if I want to make you all cry)


  1. says

    It took 3 seconds to find this:

    Árstíðir – Singing the 13th century Icelandic hymn “Heyr himna smiður” at the train station in Wuppertal, Germany.

    Marcus, so beautiful, thank you! And I *love* Arvo Part’s Stabat Mater.

  2. says

    Reginald Selkirk@#1:
    Where was that recorded?

    I believe they were on tour in Germany when it was recorded.

    A bit of google-scrollage and I found this:

    Late at night, after their sold-out concert at BuergerBahnhof in Wuppertal (D) ARSTIDIR performed a spontaneous Chorus in the great hall of the station on September, 15th 2013

    It’s better video.

  3. says

    I’ve been told by several vocalists that when someone says “let’s do Arvo Part” everyone curls up in a ball and makes meeping noises. I went to a performance of Te Deum (the one with the aeolian harp in the background) and some of the musicians said Part is suicidally hard.