Saturday, June 24, 2006

The ambient bonfire

In Denmark the midsummer solstitial celebration is called Sankt Hans aften ("St. John's Eve"). It takes place on the evening of June 23. It has been celebrated since the times of the Vikings and of Odin and Thor, by visiting healing water sources and making a large bonfire to ward away evil spirits. Today the water source tradition is gone. Bonfires on the beach, speeches, picnics and songs are traditional, although bonfires are built in many other places where beaches may not be close by. Holger Drachmann wrote a beautiful midsummer hymn in 1885 called "Vi elsker vort land" that is sung at every bonfire on this evening.

On a pleasant midsummer evening on Amager beach, Sam Renseiw enjoyed the ambient chill out DJ'ing after the bonfire. Enjoy a short panoramic view by clicking here, or touch the balloons above. (patafilm # 203, 01'30'', 6.3 MB, Quicktime/mov - Flash version here)


Blogger Steven Ball said...

exactly what I expect Denmark might be like from hearing the music of Dub Tractor

Monday, June 26, 2006 1:31:00 am  
Anonymous sam said...

thanks for the link!
yes, great dub stuff. did not know dub tractor but do now...also liked the whole site.
some dud included on the latest video.
found more fine upcomming sounds at >

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 10:11:00 pm  
Blogger Steven Ball said...

Well I know next to nothing about Danish music but many years ago someone lent me a copy of the wonderfully titled compilation 'Boredom is Deep and Mysterious Vol 3" (see: and I was very impressed by the Dub Tractor tracks. This video reminded me of that and seemed like an environment where Dub Tractor would be a very fitting soundtrack.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006 12:23:00 am  

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