Ice: The String Tribute to Björk

Ice: The String Tribute to Björk

by Vitamin String QuartetVitamin String Quartet


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Ice is an instrumental tribute to the music of Björk. It features ten tracks culled from the Icelandic performer's post-Sugarcubes output, focusing specifically on material from Debut, Post, and Homogenic. What's remarkable -- or perhaps unremarkable -- is the ease with which many of these songs are translated to violin, viola, cello, and bass. Björk is one of the few artists working successfully within the increasingly narrow parameters of popular music while accessing multiple genres and influences. This means that her music is as likely to feature drum programming as it is a full section of reeds. That said, Homogenic's "Joga" appears here, stripped of the stippling drum'n'bass that skittered across the surface of the strings in the original. Instead, unadorned violin and viola employ the full emotional range of the melody. A bass stalks the bottom end of "Army of Me" as eerie reverb and chorus effects make the violins sound like carrion birds calling to one another from the parapets. And Debut's "Big Time Sensuality" and "Human Behavior" end up resembling the more urgent material from Björk's later solo efforts. An example of this is "Bachelorette." The original crossed its hissing, crackling electronics with a plaintive string section. The Ice version removes the beats and the vocal, but retains the strings. Like "Joga," "Bachelorette"'s sad, sweeping melody is rendered beautifully by the symphonic arrangement. While Ice was not endorsed by the artist herself, the album is such a success that it could stand next to Björk's own Telegram remix LP as a document of her songs' limitless potential for sonic exploration.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2001
Label: Vitamin Records
UPC: 0027297858725
catalogNumber: 8587

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vitamin String Quartet   Primary Artist
Richard Dodd   Cello,Track Performer
Jim McMillen   Conductor
Tom Tally   Viola
Steve Velez   Cello,Soloist
Eric Gorfain   Violin,Track Performer
Frederick Charlton   Bass
Pamela Jacobson   Violin
J'Anna Jacoby   Violin

Technical Credits

Björk   Composer
Richard Dodd   Arranger
Nellee Hooper   Composer
Jim McMillen   Arranger,Producer
David Haerle   Executive Producer
Graham Massey   Composer
John Lindland   Executive Producer
Sigurjon Sigurdsson   Composer
Eric Gorfain   Arranger,Producer
Karrie M. Miller   Graphic Design,Cover Art
Rex Quick   Executive Producer
Sandee Curry   Executive Producer
Frank Scarpelli   Engineer
Milos Dodo Dolezal   Producer

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Ice: The String Tribute to Björk 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fabulous composition. Any Bjork or string instrument lover must own.