5/4/2018

Sigrún found Album in a Bottle in Breiðdalsvík

Album in a Bottle washed upon a beach on the east coast of Iceland a few days ago and was found by Sigrún Sigurpálsdóttir who now owns this very special album.

Ásgeir Trausti recorded the album as part of Straight to Vinyl project where he recorded 30 x 7" vinyls during a live 24h broadcast on Icelandic National Television and his Youtube channel.

The world-renowned musician teamed up with Verkís, scientist Ævar vísindamaður and the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service to execute this unique project.

Initially the album was dropped (encased inside a bottle and equipped with a satellite transmitter) in the ocean from a helicopter during the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival last November but after two weeks it stranded on an uninhabited island in Breiðafjörður on the west coast of Iceland.

Photo: Album in a Bottle was found at Breiðdalsvík, on the east coast of Iceland

With the help of a few good men who went to pick up the album and Eimskip who were kind enough to let us put it in on board their container ship Lagarfoss on route to Rotterdam the album then embarked on a new adventure when it was thrown overboard just south of Höfn í Hornafjörður on November 24th. Since then the album travelled over 5.000 km before washing up on shore, even crossing the arctic circle at one point!

You can see the details of the travels here: http://www.verkis.is/gps/

And here you can see Sigrún and her family opening up the bottle with the album which luckily proved to be whole and not damaged at all: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPboXqjjW7w&feature=youtu.be

In addition to the fun factor of the project, the aim was to raise awareness on the negative impacts of marine pollution while simultaneously contributing to a scientific study on how winds and currents affect how things drift in the ocean.

Ásgeir dropped 7" into the ocean
Verkís participated in Album in a Bottle with Ásgeir Trausti