Sunday, 23 April 2017

Slow TV and Cantus - 'Frozen' Choir - New Album

Cantus performing during the Hymn Book Slow TV, 2015
It turns out there's a very good Norwegian Slow TV link with the animated blockbuster, Frozen.

Before the film was made, the women's choir, Cantus, had a CD out which the producers of Frozen picked up and played as they carried out some of their pre-production around Norway; this helped inform some of the aesthetics of the film and got Cantus the job of singing for the film.

In November 2015, there was a huge Slow TV production in Trondeim - 60 hours of singing the entire Norwegian Hymnbook, cover to cover, with a couple hundred choirs and a few thousand singers rostered in during those days.

I was blessed to be in Trondheim to cover the Salmeboka Minutt for Minutt for my Masters Degree, which majored on Slow TV. An unforgettable few days which I will carry with me for my years on Earth.


The above video features Cantus singing in the first song; the video is made of offcuts which didn't make it into the final edit of my main documentary. All music used with permission.

I was absolutely entranced by the performance of "Mitt hjerte alltid vanker" (audio used in the above video), a spine-tingling advent hymn, unaware of the choir's link to the hugely successful film. It remains one of my two clear favourite musical moments during Salmeboka Minutt for Minutt, the other being the performance by Embla Damene of Grieg's "I Himmelen", which was new for me. Both tunes I find myself humming from time to time. Sometimes bits of music bore deep into your being and lodge there with great meaning and resonance.

Cantus' Northern Lights - New Album
With any luck, I hope to hear Cantus' 'Northern Lights' on Classic FM in the UK before long, and I'm also pre-ordering my copy.

Cantus performed for a few hymns, and all segments of Salmeboka Minutt for Minutt with Cantus can be seen HERE, the first performance just before 29 minutes in, at this link

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More Norwegian Slow TV about to happen within the next few days (April 2017); see the second brief digest of news about a week of Reindeer Migration on The Slow TV Blog.

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NRK Slow TV 2016 Review - Skibladner and Lake Mjøsa

An 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.



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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 2

NRK Logo for the Broadcast (Sami version with next update)
Woh there, Santa! Hold the reins, Rudolph! OK, it's a bit like Christmas being delayed. Well it is if you've been looking forward to this week-long reindeer migration Slow TV as much as I have.

The reindeer can't depart just yet as due to the cold Easter (even with it being a very late Easter) the snow is still too thick; it needs to melt more so the reindeer are able to forage along the way and also when they reach their destination. We don't want hungry reindeer!

At the moment, the earliest Reinflytting Minutt for Minutt can start is Monday evening 24th April - so, The Slow TV Blogger will be monitoring for signs of mission-start throughout this weekend. At the moment, it looks like 19:00 Norway time, so 18:00 UK time, 13:00 US East Coast, 10:00 US West Coast. This could change! See the NRK TV Guide.


In order to get a little more in the mood, there is a 12 minute trailer / prologue to the Reindeer Migration Slow TV - right here - and there are some great behind the scenes photos going up on Instagram from

See also here on the NRK website for news.


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Read about Norwegian choir, Cantus' new album (the choir sung in Frozen)

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Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest No 1

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Reindeer Slow TV - Cineflex Camera Scooter

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Not just a camera on a scooter, but a Cineflex camera - able to catch very high quality images from over a kilometre away. Used by military, this can give stunning shots for whatever visual information is required. It serves Norwegian Slow TV perfectly for magnificent distant shots and a zoom like no other. (That sounds like an advert!)

Embedded Instagram picture from Northern Norway photographer www.Janhelmerolsen.com

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Friday, 21 April 2017

NRK Slow TV 2016 Review - Hornøya Birdwatching

An 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.


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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

500 Years in 500 Minutes Slow TV - New for 2017

An 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.


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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Monday, 17 April 2017

Can Slow TV have voice-overs and speech?

An 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.


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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Reindeer Migration Slow TV - Interview with the Producers

This is from an 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 section focuses exclusively on the Reindeer Migration Slow TV Project

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Saturday, 15 April 2017

NRK Slow TV 2016 Review - American Presidents

An 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.


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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Is Slow TV just about pretty pictures?

An 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.


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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Reasons to say less?

Our media is so full of stuff which isn't beautiful. Wouldn't it be great to have more beautiful stuff on TV. Slow TV is often very beautiful...

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Monday, 10 April 2017

NRK Slow TV 2016 Review - Minecraft Slow TV

An 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.


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Friday, 7 April 2017

Slow TV Reindeer Migration Digest Number 1

Welcome to The Slow TV Blog's first round-up of news for covering the forthcoming reindeer migration on Norwegian Television. A week long story of the reindeer heading to their summer pastures under the guidance of the Sami reindeer-herders, with many smaller stories.

The cat is well and truly out of the bag, or perhaps better put, the reindeer is out of the corral! These are the news stories over the last few days for this exciting reindeer project. (Well, I've been anticipating it since August 2015... )

5th April
Norway - NRK (Norwegian)

6th April
Germany - Greenpeace Magazine (German)
France - Sciences et Avenir (French)
Belgium - RTBF (French)
Luxembourg - Le Quotidien - (French)
France - France TV Info (French)

7th April
Luxembourg - Luxemburger Wort (English)
Norway - The Local (English)
United States - Daily News (English)
Singapore - Today Online (English)
Canada - CTV News (English)
Malaysia - Malay Mail Online (English)
Canada - Digital Journal (English)

See the Instagram account of Norwegian NRK Producer, Thomas Hellum, for some behind-the-scenes photos.

ON THE RADIO THURSDAY 20th APRIL

Join me from 10am BST for 2 hours of Slow Media content, including an interview with the producers of Norwegian Slow TV, Thomas Hellum and Rune Møklebust
Also included in the broadcast is an hour of Slow Radio courtesy of The Wetland Project in Canada. Listen via RedShift Radio or the Tune In app.

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

NRK Slow TV 2016 Review - Why did some people run nearly naked in Saltstraumen?

An 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.


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