Thursday, 22 June 2017

Monday, 19 June 2017

The Orient 1883 - 9th March (2nd Entry)

The second entry for The Orient on March 9th 1883 takes us from Tilbury Docks, around the South East Coast of England, along The Channel to Plymouth.

See the introductory post for The Orient here.

More Slow TV from Norway coming soon with Sommertoget - Summer Train 2017!

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Friday, 16 June 2017

Sommertoget - Summer Train Itinerary

A train at Bergen Station - NOT on the itinerary!
Starting on the 27th June, Sommertoget - Summer Train 2017 takes a TV roadshow of sorts around the interior of Norway over 8 weeks. Magazine style broadcasts and moments of Slow TV make up the content.

Below is the overview of the whole itinerary, which will be broken down into posts for each week and day here on The Slow TV Blog as each arrives.

Are you visiting the Summer Train? Or if you take pictures of the show as it happens and would like to share them with The Slow TV Blog, please get in touch.

Sommertoget / Summer Train Route

27th June - Rognan
28th June - Mo i Rana
29th June - Trofors
30th June - Grong
1st July - Steinkjer

Sommertoget / Summer Train rests Sunday and Monday

4th July - Hommelvik
5th July - Støren
6th July - Oppdal
7th July - Dombås
8th July - Åndalsnes

Sommertoget / Summer Train rests Sunday and Monday

11th July - Vinstra
12th July - Moelv
13th July - Rena
14th July - Alvdal
15th July - Røros

A little more about Summer Train 2017 here...

Sommertoget / Summer Train rests Sunday and Monday

18th July - Tynset
19th July - Elverum
20th July - Kongsvinger
21st July - Grorud
22nd July - Eidsvoll

Sommertoget / Summer Train rests Sunday and Monday

25th July - Gran
26th July - Flå
27th July - Finse
28th July - Flåm
29th July - Voss

Sommertoget / Summer Train rests Sunday and Monday

1st August - Ål
2nd August - Hønefoss
3rd August - Stokke
4th August - Porsgrunn
5th August - Notodden

Sommertoget / Summer Train rests Sunday and Monday

8th August - Nelaug
9th August - Marnardal
10th August - Brusand
11th August - Sira
12th August - Vennesla

Sommertoget / Summer Train rests Sunday and Monday

15th August - Bø
16th August - Vestfossen
17th August - Ås
18th August - Råde
19th August - Sarpsborg

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Slow TV and a State of Flow?

Thoughts from Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Orient 1883 - 8th March (1st Entry)

Here's the first entry of the Victorian Shipboard log for The Orient. Across London to Tilbury Docks to board The Orient, and first night.

See the introductory post for The Orient here.

More Slow TV from Norway coming soon with Sommertoget - Summer Train 2017!

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Slow TV - Getting lost in the moment?

Slow TV - good at generating 'present moments'.

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Introducing The Orient 1883

Starting on Monday 12th June - The Orient 1883
Introducing The Orient 1883, a shipboard diary aboard a steamer from London to Australia and back. I'll be bringing a new entry each Monday morning, with a follow up commentary video later in the week.

Day by day, entry by entry, line by line - read the journey from London to Plymouth, across the Bay of Biscay, to Naples, through the Suez Canal, across the Indian Ocean, to Australia. Then four weeks in Australia - and back!

In the introductory video post below, I introduce the diary and the concept a little more. It'll take a little while to get through the whole journey, so please subscribe on YouTube and keep following The Slow TV Blog.

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Friday, 26 May 2017

Slow TV Summer 2017 - Sommertoget - Summer Train

A train arriving at Bergen Station. Not in Sommertoget!
Yes, they're at it again. We've just got over the epic journey of the reindeer migration Slow TV. And the snow hadn't even thawed from the gumpi-wagon which broadcast the pictures from Northern Norway and there's another Slow TV coming.

Starting in June, NRK are doing 8 weeks of a summer magazine-style broadcast, of which Slow TV will make up some of the transmission. The rest of it will comprise of music, local interest and personal stories in the places visited.

Sommertoget - Summer Train will journey over much of Norway's interior, stopping and featuring 40 stations over two months. It's been in pre-production since at least last August, a customised train with outside broadcast gallery, editing suite, dedicated to bringing this show from just about all over Norway to all over Norway and beyond.

The transport-based magazine show has been covered before, though this is a break from the coastal based summer show, Sommerbåt (summer boat) season, also called Sommeråpent (open for summer). In keeping with the idea of keeping things fresh and different, this gives Norway's interior a chance to shine and be celebrated. It's not only Norway's coastline that makes for beautiful TV.

Midsummer Train - Finnish Slow TV courtesy of YLE
TV2 covered Norway from the air by helicopter in Fly Med Oss in 2014. Summer Train ialso reminds of Finland's Juhannusjunna - a 13 hour midsummer train journey - but instead of just one night journeying the length of the country, it's 8 weeks, Tuesday to Saturday inclusive each week.


It starts June 27th in the north, so we may well have segments bathed in the golden hues of the midnight sun, and then the journey wriggles around the south of the country for a few weeks, concluding August 19th.

Probably the most experienced Slow TV presenter joins the show for a week. National Firewood Night, Knitting Night, Reindeer Migration and Sommerbåt 2013 host, Rebecca Nedregotten Strand. She will be one of a number of presenters rostered in over the eight week period.

The show happens in the sommerferie - the summer holidays - when just about everyone in Norway goes on holiday, so hopefully we'll get a lot of interaction from the public-Slow TV with lots of waving, cheering, singing and flag-waving folk.

Bergen Station - not on Sommertoget's itinerary!
I'll be blogging about it as and when I can, monitoring social media. If cheap flights can be found, I may even see about intercepting the journey at some point. It's been nearly three years since visiting Norway and I'm itching to get back!

Previous summer shows have been available to watch worldwide via the web.

The Sommertoget hub page on the NRK website can be found here.

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See also 10 Things to Do after the Reindeer Migration had finished.

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Slow TV Choir 'Cantus' - Album Review

Cantus' Northern Lights - New Album
Cantus. Not only are they the choir singing in the choral music to Disney's 'Frozen', more importantly for this blog, they are one of the many choirs who featured in NRK's Hymn Book Slow TV. And they have a new album out. And it's rather good.

In November 2014, there was a huge Slow TV production in Trondheim - 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 Slow TV for my Masters Degree, which majored on Slow TV.

I followed a few of the choirs on social media during my time in Trondheim and in the time following. So, when Cantus' marketing kicked in, my ears pricked up and I thought, 'this is something I need to investigate'.

I bought the CD from a UK high street retailer (I like to help keep alive physical music shops you can walk in to, browse and purchase music) and have listened to it many times over in the time since its release

Here's a short review from my instagram account:

Here's a longer review from my YouTube account:

I was absolutely entranced by Cantus' performance of "Mitt hjerte alltid vanker" (audio used in the below video). It remains one of my favourite musical moments during Salmeboka Minutt for Minutt, so I am pleased there's a short reference to it in 'Northern Lights'.

The video is made of offcuts which didn't make it into the final edit of my main documentary. All music used with permission.

It's great to hear Cantus' 'Northern Lights' on Classic FM in the UK (chart announcement below). Let's hope they can dominate the chart.

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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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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