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Hægt, kemur ljósið (Slowly, comes the light) ~ Ólafur Arnalds

September 30, 2014.Oliver.0 Likes.2 Comments


It has been a while since the last time a music video cast a spell on me. Within a few moments I immersed myself in a different world. Following the pace of the first piano tones my eyes seemed to tiptoe over the screen; deliberately and considerate, intending to preserve the slumbering silence. Intending not to wake someone up. Intending to dream myself…

Well aware of the stunning soundscapes of Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds I prepared myself for another journey, a splendid stroll of the mind. The imagery suggests the start of a tale and you only seem to wait for a narrative voice to turn the visible into audible in a calm but lively way. However, you soon realize that the narrator is solely your imagination. You need to tell the story yourself…

wordless storytelling

I really admire the harmony between the visual and the acoustic impressions in this video. Animation guru Esteban Diácono created the perfect symbiosis between both sensory perceptions. The moment the bird detaches from the threads, it seems to become a marionette of sound and music, strings and piano seemingly steering its flight. On the wings of the little bird the sound gains height as well as determination and your mood seems to fight gravity with ease.

Hægt, kemur ljósið which translates into “slowly, comes the light” is an astonishing composition on so many levels. A tune that is incredibly calming and uplifting at the same time. And it tells a marvellous story. A tale of breaking away, about passing storms, finding the light and returning – marvelling at the change around and within…

What story did your narrator tell you??

 Images courtesy of the artist, Esteban Diácono


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Comments (2)

  • Gillian . October 1, 2014 . Reply

    Oh, Oliver. I’ve been feeling sensitive and fragile lately and this, this really spoke to me. Thank you so much. I hope you don’t mind that I will share.

    • (Author) Oliver . October 1, 2014 . Reply

      Gillian, thank you so much for your heartfelt comment! You know, it’s so good to see how this wonderful message resonated with you and apparently reached you when you just needed it.
      I hope your state of mind helps you to (re)connect with your surrounding and your inner self and may the dialogues and monologues along the way help you to appreciate both… 🙂
      Oh, and I’m not exaggerating when I say I would delighted if you share! In a way it may have been a “spark” for you, so it might ignite somewhere else too… 😉
      Take care Gillian and please feel some good vibes coming your way!

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