3/11/2017

Ásgeir Trausti Dropped 7" into the ocean

Album in a Bottle

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and collaborator, Ásgeir Trausti dropped a one-of-a-kind 7” encased inside a 'bottle' into the ocean today. The world-renowned musician teamed up with Verkís, scientist Ævar vísindamaður and the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service to execute this unique project. 

The bottle that was dropped from a helicopter just South of Reykjanes/Keflavik today holds a very rare 7” of two tracks recorded straight to vinyl by Ásgeir earlier this year. The project serves as a unique way to create awareness on the impacts of human waste within the environment, particularly marine pollution. 

The bottle is equipped with a satellite transmitter that provides its location every four hours via a GPS receiver, enabling viewers to observe the journey of the bottle. 

This very special bottle message may take a few weeks, months or years to end up on a shore elsewhere in the world, and whoever finds it at the end of its journey will be the lucky winner of the rare 7”.

Back in July, Ásgeir recorded 30 unique 7" vinyl's during his 24h Straight-to-Vinyl recording marathon, broadcasted as live slow TV on Icelandic national television and on Ásgeir's Youtube channel world-wide. In the last few weeks, Ásgeir's fans world-wide have had the opportunity to get their hands on one of those vinyl's via treasure hunts that have taken place in different territories. The treasure hunts come to a close with the ambitious undertaking of the ‘album in a bottle' project. 

Previous experiments by Verkis have seen their bottles travel thousands of miles across the Atlantic sea, lasting well over a year and reaching destinations as far as Scotland and Faroe Islands (having begun in Iceland). 

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Arnór Þór Sigfússon, animal ecologist, Ármann E. Lund (to the left), mechanical engineer B.Sc. og Vigfús Arnar Jósefsson (to the right), mechanical engineer are designed and constructed the bottle of behalf of Verkís. 

Verkís participates in "Album in a Bottle" with Ásgeir Trausti