Thursday, 18 May 2017

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Norway Day 360 Slow TV from Ålesund

Courtesy TV2 Nyhetene Facebook Page
Gratulerer med dagen!

Happy Norway Day! Today Norway has a national holiday celebrating its Constitution Day.

How fitting that one of the national channels, TV2, is doing a Slow TV style broadcast via the internet.

Facebook and Norwegian broadcaster TV2, have created a Live 360 video experience from the top of a mountain, overlooking the beautiful fjords of Ålesund in Norway.

For the first time ever, people around the world can be transported to Norway and experience in 360 the calming water and sun over this beautiful mountain enclosed fjord for the whole day. All live and fully immersive.

With the sun due to set at 22:33 CEST (13:33 California PDT, 16:33 New York EDT), people can tune in to bring a relaxing moment to their day, no matter where there are watching from.

To experience this unique viewpoint of a Norwegian fjord you can go to TV 2’s Facebook Page on mobile, desktop or VR headset.

If you are viewing without a 360 headset of Google Cardboard type devices for mobile, the image will display flat, as in the inset picture.

The camera will continue to broadcast until 23:00 local time (22:00 BST, 17:00 EDT, 14:00 PDT).

TV2 have previously produced a major Slow TV project, "Fly Med Oss" - Fly with Us in May and June 2014 - with helicopter journeys from every airport in Norway. 

Fly Med Oss was the first commercial Slow TV project and won the Beyond HD Achievement in Image Capture award at the TVBAwards in London in 2014, beating the BBC and two other nominees. A short taster on this YouTube clip below, more on YouTube.


If you want further livestreamed Slow TV style webcams outside of the TV2 transmission, the webcam from Fløyen, Bergen is a fantastic location for keeping an eye on people and the panorama there, or a dedicated birdwatching and northern lights channel from Norway at Zooom.

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Sami Music, Eurovision and Slow TV

Elin and The Woods - NOT the Norway Eurovision entry
Yes, it's Eurovision time again! Something we love on The Slow TV Blog is Eurovision and Slow TV. Slow TV can last for ages and I'm sure some must feel Eurovision goes on for a very long time, too.

I got rather excited by a track in advance of last year's contest which fitted the Slow TV ethos perfectly, and Norway's entry last year, which starts very promisingly but, if I may be so bold, really got the idea of editing pace and slowness in music very wrong.

Norway recently had a very long Slow TV broadcast of reindeer migration, which was guided by a Sami family of reindeer herders. Sami identity, heritage and culture were celebrated by the Slow TV broadcast which played exclusively Sami music, besides times of just the ambient background sounds of the epic journey.


A post shared by Elin & The Woods (@elinandthewoods) on

Now, Norway nearly had a Sami Eurovision entry, Elin and The Woods with First Step in Faith - which I thought during the selection process would have been the perfect partner for being promoted during the Slow TV broadcast, knowing the reindeer migration would finish a couple weeks before the Eurovision Song Contest. Some previous Eurovision winners have had extensive media coverage before going on to win... 

The sight of a woman with horns while singing, for the most part, a joik, would have perhaps given the entry that different look and sound, which (if, and that's a big rhetorical if, the political block-voting can be out-gamed) could have given Norway a distinct edge in the contest. Looking down the comments on the YouTube video of it for Melodi Grand Prix, I'm not alone in thinking that.

Elin and The Woods have a new single out today (10th May), to follow them on Spotify, go here.



It wasn't the first time Sami music had featured in Norwegian Slow TV - a Sami choir (Samisk sanggruppe / Sámi lavlunjoavku) also featured in Slow TV in 2014 during the 3 day sing through of the entire Norwegian hymn book, Salmeboka Minutt for Minutt, their performances can be seen here.

Music from Reinflytting Minutt for Minutt - Reindeer Migration Minute by Minute can be explored through playlists such as here and also here.



The video of Elin and The Woods performing First Step in Faith on the Melodi Grand Prix in Norway - the Eurovision selection process.

I've previously touched on Sami culture on The Slow TV Blog, on Sami National Day, 6th February - more on that here.

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Facebook Livestream Chat about Slow TV - tonight!

Join me 8pm UK time tonight, that's 9pm Central European, 3pm East Coast, noon West Coast for a Facebook livestream chat about Slow TV on the Slow TV Fans Facebook Group - I'll look to answer or explore questions you may have. (Apologies for visitors from the Southern Hemisphere - it's very rare I receive hits from south of the equator on the blog).

Following CBS Sunday Morning's feature on Slow TV I've had a huge amount of extra hits on the blog and lots more members in the fans group.

So, if you can join me, make sure you've got your beverage-of-choice to hand; it might not last very long or it might!


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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

CBS Sunday Morning on Slow TV

It's very pleasing to see CBS Sunday Morning's piece on Slow TV go out last weekend, just after Norway's most recent mammoth Slow TV project finished earlier last week. I spoke with a producer at CBS last October as they began planning this segment on Norwegian Slow TV.

The feature piece is available to watch here (opens in a new browser tab). *

If you'd like to see even more about Slow TV I had the good fortune to interview the two producers and academic featured in that CBS piece in a documentary I made in 2014 / 2015, which birthed this Slow TV Blog.

That Damned Cow - Just What is Norwegian Slow TV? In Full. from Tim Prevett on Vimeo.

There's an independent Slow TV Fans Facebook page, where I'll be doing a Facebook Live questions and answers for any that have them. This will be on Wednesday 10th May, 8pm British Summer Time, 9pm Central European Time, 3pm Eastern US, Noon Western US. That's the best fit to cover as many available time slots as possible!

Any questions in advance, see the currently pinned post there (which will change once we're past the live date), and pop the question there. I'll see what I can do to help and explore answers.

Are you brand new to Slow TV? See this piece on The Slow TV Blog and in particular points 4, 8, 9 and 10!

*I had sought to use the embed code from CBS but it conflicts with blogspot scripts and does not display and function well.

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

10 Things to Do after Reinflytting - Reindeer Migration Slow TV

Courtesy NRK - and thankyou, too.
So what now? It's over.

Here are 10 things to do with your life now Reinflytting Minutt for Minutt Slow TV - The Reindeer Migration has finished.


1) Watch the end of Monty Python and The Holy Grail to get a bit more of that disappointment out of your system. About sums it up.



2) Watch the end of Wayne's World to fantasise about the possible endings for Reinflytting Minutt for Minutt. Except the villain in this case is the pesky weather. Or that everyone finishes holding hands on Kvaløya on a glorious sunny day with "I'd Like to to teach the world to sing", or should that be, "I'd like to teach the world to yoik".



Imagine the reindeer-swimming ending? The reindeer using the bridge but not getting so savvy they don't use it to get back ending? The barge ending?

3) If you can't imagine the swimming ending, watch this marvellous BBC Earth footage of reindeer swimming:



4) Explore and watch the recorded entirety of Reinflytting Minutt for Minutt via NRK's official platform, no geo-blocking there.

5) Get exploring the vast wealth of Sami music on the curated playlists from NRK, see Spotify (direct link) or NRK page.

6) Play this beautiful, soothing, epic long-form piece of Sami music from Nils-Aslak Valkeapää which is one of my highlights of the week. Over 30 minutes of ambient style but very authentically Sami music. Works for me on many levels and, perfectly embraces many of the criteria of Slow TV and bridges and blurs most beautifully the boundaries between Slow TV and Ambient TV. What a trip!

 

7) Understand that even with near three years of pre-production, aberrant weather will skew even the best laid plans. This was a massive production, the weather's turns and knock-on effects on reindeer grazing can not be outwitted. Health and safety of the animals (and of people) is paramount. More from Aftenposten HERE and from NRK HERE about reasons and problems which affected the broadcast. Hat's off guys and gals, this was a week of exceptional TV. Here's to a few learning opportunities along the way!

8) Anticipate the next big Slow TV project. We're overdue a 12 hour production from the USA. I'm increasingly thinking it's off the cards but knowing that a big amount of pre-production went into it, I'm hoping it's just on pause.

One to expect, maybe from next year onwards, is a live Slow TV rock climb of the 1km sheer Troll Wall (Trollveggen) which has been in pre-production for several years. Really have got to get the health and safety right on that one.
Information based Slow TV in October, a 500 minute lecture on 500 years since Martin Luther's theses, leading to the Protestant Reformation. Here's an interview with a couple of the producers of Norwegian Slow TV:



9) Check out some of the Slow TV (or Slow TV-style, depending on your point of view) streams around the web. If you need to keep it in Norway with wildlife and nature, do see Zooom. Otherwise, I enjoy checking out the tram on the streets of Prague in the Czech Republic. I like that one late at night, with wet streets, lights reflecting and Baroque classical music playing.

10) Explore and keep coming back to The Slow TV Blog! 

Since studying Norwegian Slow TV for my Masters Degree (I made a documentary about Slow TV, see it on Vimeo) I've been approached for interviews in media in the UK and abroad and contacted by people studying Slow TV, from UK AS-Level Media Studies, through to Bachelor of Arts Degrees and Masters.  Here are contact details and an overview of interviews I've given for TV, Radio and Print.

I have interviews, little features, pictures, memes, all sorts. Including Cats and Dogs watching Slow TV.

My life with Slow TV isn't done yet, by far. So if you like Slow TV, keep coming back here, tweeting, instagraming or even join the "Slow TV Fans Facebook Group".

Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 6
Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 5
Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 4
Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 3
Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 2
Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 1

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Monday, 1 May 2017

Slow TV a break from shi-TV?


Does Slow TV help spare us from the flow televisual crap, shi-TV, if you like?

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Existential crisis around the globe as reindeer broadcast breaks earlier than expected

Expecting an earlier than planned break in the reindeer's journey from Monday 22:00, we got up to find this:

A post shared by NRK Sápmi (@nrksapmi) on

It feels empty! I watch Slow TV, therefore, I am. No Slow TV. What am I? ;)

Lots of disbelief, shock, sadness, stoic acceptance and looking forward to the reindeer's final thrust as they swim to their summer pasture island later in the week...


At least we can more easily get on with other things now!

It's been a beautiful week of Slow TV from Finnmark; I'll be posting a lot more of reflections and pictures here on The Slow TV Blog.
...and the cats and the dogs can seen the reindeer for one final time!

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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Dogs watching Reinflytting - Reindeer Migration

Not to be outdone, dogs, besides cats, have also been watching the reindeer migration; here are a few selected examples!

Cosy TV - Koselig TV


A post shared by Morten Formo (@zbegra) on

Self-realisation:


A post shared by 🐕Winners Teams Happy (Kiara) (@kiara.flh) on

Compulsive viewing:



I wish I was there:



The role model:


A post shared by Jan helmer olsen (@janhelmer) on

It might be Slow TV, but it keeps my attention:

A post shared by Emil the English Mastiff (@emil.the.english.mastiff) on

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Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 6
Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 5
Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 4
Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 3
Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 2
Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 1

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Cats watching Reinflytting - Reindeer Migration

"I'm TRYING to watch NRKrein!" - "Yeah, me too!"
A few pictures of cats enjoying the migration... they've been enjoying it just as much as their human servants.

Thanks to Nadin at Tao Films, a Slow Films (Films worth Slowing Down For) video-on-demand platform, for the post picture inset, as she tried to watch NRKrein earlier in the week.

Catch my audio-interviews about Slow Film and Cinema here on The Slow TV Blog. There are differences and similarities between Slow TV and Slow Film - and both very different to usual TV and Film.

A Wacky Races tribute (catch the reindeer instead of catch the pigeon)

A post shared by martinedagny (@martinedagny) on

Watching the sunset



Follow the leader - mellow and contemplate


If only...

A post shared by Eli Stenberg (@kattja) on

Let me at him, let me at him!


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Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 6
Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 5
Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 4
Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 3
Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 2
Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 1

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Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 6

Courtesy NRK - Migrating requires a lot of resting, too, it seems
OK, it's Sunday morning, we've been with the reindeer since Monday evening, Minute by Minute, but could it be the end is in sight?

Having spent a little time looking at the map of distance covered against distance remaining, and assuming current speed remains the same, I reckon it would conclude Tuesday or Wednesday. But, now, here's an element of peril.

Might the broadcast terminate before journey's end? There has been a rumour that it might finish Monday afternoon, wherever the reindeer are. This is very alarming. Firstly, there have been moments, many moments, of sustained beauty and marvel during this broadcast - so obviously that would mean it would end. Which we're expecting at some point anyway.

Secondly, it would mean the narrative is truncated and we would miss the epic swim to the summer pastures. If it were a book, it would be tearing out the last chapter. As someone who studies Slow TV, and maintains that the Norwegian format is a long-form story or documentary, the story would go uncompleted.

Only time will tell. Only time.

Now, I must confess to having gotten a little bored during Friday and Saturday. This has been the slowest Slow TV. Significant periods of relative inactivity, repeated and similar in content.

However, the periods of boredom have been interrupted by something which may not have been so rewarding had I not become bored. Three random skiers out in the wilderness. The lowering sun. A smaller group of reindeer trotting along and spontaneously, unanimously stopping. That was so funny.


Perhaps my wife had something to do with it. She put the idea it was boring in my head. She came in to where I have the laptop linked to the TV and sat nearby, in her best counselor's voice, "Are you still watching the reindeer? Isn't it all the same now". I fumbled for a reasoned response but I reckon I justified it. In her defense, she has understood and supported my love of Slow TV. Massively.

Perhaps this being slower than before, at times feeling like a very high quality webcam production, explains why there is a little less media interest. (Check out Zooom in Norway for an independent wildlife and northern lights webcam site).

The UK's Guardian newspaper picked up on Reinflytting Minutt for Minutt, but what of the rest of the world's media? Earlier in April the networks were very interested but I've detected relatively little activity since. The official chat and twitter has been very busy, especially with a lot of interest from Scandinavia.

Courtesy NRK, thanks to Richard in Slow TV Fans Facebook Group
Much on NRK and Sami media about the reindeer migration. An insight into generational family activity of reindeer herding here is insightful.

Anyway, I will stay with  NRKrein through to its end, insofar as possible. To have a major media live stream bringing images of beauty and marvel instead of the intravenous drip-feed of horror and distress of rolling news coverage is a welcome medicine. There is a lot of glorious wonder in our world and, one of the reasons I love Slow TV, is that it helps address that toxic imbalance in our viewing and consequent emotions.

Want to get in touch?
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Love Slow TV? Or curious? Join the "Slow TV Fans Facebook Group"


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Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 5
Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 4
Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 3
Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 2
Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 1

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Reindeer Migration Slow TV - Interview with the Producers

This is from an audio interview with Thomas Hellum and Rune Møklebust of NRK Hordaland and producers of Slow TV, catching up with Slow TV events in 2016, some of the conceptualising around Slow TV and exciting Slow TV plans in Norway for 2017.

This is a linked playlist of four short segments, 
all about #NRKrein, Reinflytting Minutt for Minutt



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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Reinflytting Minutt for Minutt - like Star Trek?

Courtesy NRK - NRKrein - a bit like Star Trek in its values?
It's been dawning on me this week that Slow TV, in particular this Reindeer Migration shares the qualities of Star Trek's mission statement.

Slow TV, especially the Norwegian produced, frames the whole activity of watching television very differently. We begin treating the screen differently as the way the images are curated differ from almost everything else we ingest via our TV screens.

This is significant.

Yes, there is a curated long-form narrative being given (important in the conceptualisation of Slow TV) but it offers significant periods where we can self-curate what we pay attention to and we can enjoy televisual contemplation, an uncompressed media-narrative.

So the style is different, the behaviour is different, and certainly for this broadcast, we are going on a journey that hasn't been broadcast before. Each time I see that collection of four linked vehicles, I smile. It represents just how different, unique and yes, how pioneering Slow TV can be.

That is significant.

Watch the ongoing mission of NRKrein anywhere in the world via THIS LINK.

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