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Named and shaped in loving tribute to Tintin, the fabled Belgian journalist who defined what it meant to be an adventurer in the 20th Century, Les Adventures de President Bongo is a bonafide objet d‘art. Each of the 24 LPs is limited & numbered to a run of 300 copies, once the cycle is complete, the individual releases will Voltron into a unified whole that is projected to surpass the sum of its parts.
Three may be a mystical number and seven a holy one, but two and four and sixteen and so-forth are the numbers of science and rationality. When deprived of instruments, only with logic at hand, it is but natural to split our subjects in two, to split them again and again, until the desired number or amount is reached or can be added up from the newly created parts. So we divide a circle, first in half, then again, into four equal parts – into quadrants. On a compass, each represents the space between cardinal points, from North to East or from South to West. On the face of a clock it represents a quarter of an hour. On the weather charts of yore, they represent gradations of cloudiness.
The precision of the quadrants is attractive so we experiment. We have precise instruments now, so we divide our cycles into equal parts based not only on two but on three or other prime numbers. Some cycles are longer than others but they all revolve at the same speed and thus exciting, infectuous polyrhythms are created. Like numerous clocks ticking away in a hotel lobby, only the minutes are sometimes made up of 60 seconds, sometimes 40, sometimes 17.
This is how we tick away: different people in the same park on a beautiful day, minding our own business but inhabiting the same world. A cacophony of emotions and feelings. Hundreds of hearts, sometimes beating in time, sometimes singing in harmony; all spread across the horizon, each happy or sad in his or her quadrant.
released March 22, 2019
Produced & arranged by President Bongo & Óttar Sæmundsen
(Additional remix Production by Yotam Avni and Sonic Deception)
Written by Óttar Sæmundsen, Stephan Stephensen, Haraldur Jónsson.
Additional writings by Davíð Þór Jónsson, Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason, Viktor Orri Árnason, Daníel Friðrik Böðvarsson & Kurt Uenala
Video by Helgi Örn Pétursson
Video edit by Snorri Bros
Photography by Stephan Stephensen
LAPB silhouette by Gabríel Patay & Linda Loeskow
Design by Paul Mcmenamin
Mixed by President Bongo
Mix revision by Addi 800
Vocals by Ester Bíbí
Upright bass by Óttar Sæmundsen.
Violin by Viktor Orri Árnason & Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason. Guitar by Daníel Friðrik Böðvarsson. Percussion by Sigtryggur Baldursson & Ólafur Björn Ólafsson. Oberheim 8 Sound design by Kurt Uenala. Nord Electro 5D by Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason. Oberheim SEM V by Davíð Þór Jónsson. Oberheim Matrix 6R, Vermona Kick Lancet, Roland JU-06, Vostok, Doepfer & drum programming by President Bongo
Emotional Wallpaper by Haraldur Jónsson
Quadrantes text by Atli Bollason
LAPB text by Haukur S. Magnússon
This is a beauty that doesn’t ask for the opinion of the traveler, it is not participating in a dialogue that expects any
answer. This beauty is whitish-yellow by fat and is of raw dolerite under the lurid turquoise coloured sky and doesn’t care about your opinions or ideas. It crawls forward busily gnawing at the cliffs and grinds it into submission....more