Geothermal Sheep Volume 1
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Bbbbbb)
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Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
The latest release from Bjarki Runar’s bbbbbb label sees Bjarki delving back into his vastarchives and shines a light on a bizarre detour during the early days of the label that involveda peculiar commission from the Icelandic state.Bjarki introduces the story;“It was back in 2015 and we were only just putting together the original plans towardsmaking bbbbbb a label. While this was happening, I got a call from a friend who wasworking for a local tech start-up and marketing company. They’d been contacted by theIcelandic Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture who came to them with a weird proposition.They were looking at the idea of marketing Icelandic lamb as this user-exclusive commodityfor high end restaurants, the same way they do with Kobe beef in Japan. His marketingcompany was going all in with this idea of creating an elite herd of sheep that would get the5-star treatment – fresh food and beer, shampoo and geothermal baths for their fleece, andentertainment such as TV and music for when they were in the hills. That’s where I came in”.The initial meeting between Bjarki and the marketeers however didn’t go as smoothly as theyhoped; “When I met my friend and his team, they were going to have music pumped througha series of remote speakers across the hillside” Bjarki explains. “But when they showed mewhat they were going to play to them, I almost fell of my chair laughing! It was all thischeesy, easy listening, orchestral Icelandic bullshit. I said to them ‘This is nonsense! Why areyou bringing me into this project if that’s all you’re going to be playing?’ In the end, I toldthem I would completely redo all the sounds and music they were going to be using. I wasgoing to drag the Icelandic sheep into the 21st Century”.Bjarki was as good as his word. Over the summer of 2015, he spent several weeks at farmlocations near Kirkjubæjarklaustur and Reykholtsdalur, walking the hills and playing avariety of sounds and beats to various flocks of sheep to see what the best approach was. Itwas tough going at first; “At the beginning, I was working totally blind”, Bjarki explains. “Imean how can you possibly know what sort of modern music and sounds Icelandic sheepwould go for?” But Bjarki persevered and he found certain sounds and tones made the sheepmore active and engaged.From this point, he began to make tracks that would encapsulate what the lambs were drawnto the most. “A track like Soda “Sugarlicious” for example, came about when I startedplaying Candy Crush on the hillside. As I kept playing, the sheep began to gather around meshowing interest in the bright chintzy sounds coming from my laptop and that deep voice thatwould keep speaking to you. I simply put together a track that was all shiny colours andheavy on the chimes. The sheep fucking loved it!” A track like “Drab” meanwhile was suitedfor less sunny moments. “I got caught in a nasty rainstorm, so I started playing these synthlines I had made, along with an improvised kick drum. The mix of the softness of the tonesalong with the hit of the bass cased the sheep to follow me all the way back to the farm I wasstaying at. The farmer wasn’t too impressed with that, but the flock was completelyhypnotized”.In the end Bjarki, amassed several tracks ranging from soft ambient to gnarly hardcorebangers to present to the Ministry. But in the end, they decided not to go with the wholeproposal. “These people were fools”, Bjarki says. “They just couldn’t get their heads arounddoing something completely different, that was a bit of fun yes, but was completely done in aserious manner. We all spent weeks doing this stuff so yeah, it was a bit gutting”.In the end though, there is a silver lining to this story as these efforts were not wasted for wecan now hear the best of Bjarki’s efforts from this admittedly weird project on a limited 12”release that marks a storming 2017 for the bbbbbb label.