Sundlaugin

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Coordinates: 64°10.007′N 21°40.714′W / 64.166783°N 21.678567°W / 64.166783; -21.678567

Sundlaugin Studio
Recording studio
Industry Music
Founded 2008
Area served
Mosfellsbær, Iceland
Website www.sundlaugin.com


Sundlaugin (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈsʏntløijɪn], the swimming pool) is a recording studio located near Álafoss, in the town of Mosfellsbær in Iceland. It was converted from a drained, abandoned swimming pool built in the 1930s and adjacent buildings.[1] It is owned by the post-rock band Sigur Rós.[2]

The band originally intended to record their third album, entitled ( ), in an abandoned NATO tracking base in the northernmost mountain in Iceland, but after inspection decided it was too impractical. Shortly after they found the abandoned pool lot in a rural neighborhood in Mosfellsbær. They bought the lot and transformed it into a studio. In order to fit the massive mixing console into the building, part of the roof was opened up and the console was lowered with a crane.[3]

Much of the band's photography and artwork is taken from the surrounding landscape, such as the art found on the first album recorded in the studio, ( ).[4]

The recording studio has also been used for recording, mixing and mastering (usually assisted by the studio's sound engineer Birgir Jón "Biggi" Birgisson) by a wide group of mainly Icelandic artists and bands, including[5][6] Agent Fresco, The Album Leaf, Alcest, amiina[2], Amusement Parks on Fire[7], Andŕum[8], Beneath, Benni Hemm Hemm[9], Bubbi Morthens[2], For a Minor Reflection, Jakobínarína, Julianna Barwick[10], Kira Kira[11], Langi Seli og Skuggarnir[12], Mammút[12] Mugison[2], Múm[13], Ólöf Arnalds[14], Pétur Ben[15], Retro Stefson, Seabear[12], Self Defense Family, Sin Fang[12], Ske, Slowblow[16], Steindór Andersen, and Storsveit Nix Noltes and Trevor Geir.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the studio". sundlaugin.com. Archived from the original on 2008-01-26. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Biggi - Engineer at Sundlaugin Studio talks about recording and mixing Sigur Rós and more". sundlaugin.com. Archived from the original on 2008-12-28. Retrieved 2017-06-10. 
  3. ^ "sigur rós - trivia". sigur-ros.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  4. ^ "sigur rós - discography » ( )". sigur-ros.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  5. ^ "clients". sundlaugin.com. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  6. ^ "Sundlaugin Studio Clients". Sundlaugin - "The Backbone of Icelandic Music Production". Retrieved 2017-06-10. 
  7. ^ "Amusement Parks On Fire - 'magical and intense' - Galway Advertiser - January 29, 2009". advertiser.ie. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  8. ^ Andvakar (liner notes). Andŕum. 2008. 
  9. ^ Benni Hemm Hemm (liner notes). Benni Hemm Hemm. 2006. 
  10. ^ http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/18408-julianna-barwick-nepenthe/
  11. ^ Our Map to the Monster Olympics (liner notes). Kira Kira. 2008. 
  12. ^ a b c d "sundlaugin studio" (PDF). sundlaugin.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-13. Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  13. ^ Summer Make Good (liner notes). Múm. Fat Cat. 2004. 
  14. ^ Við Og Við (liner notes). Ólöf Arnalds. 12 Tónar. 2007. 
  15. ^ Wine For My Weakness (liner notes). Pétur Ben. 12 Tónar. 2006. 
  16. ^ Nói Albínói (liner notes). Slowblow. 12 Tónar. 2004.