Les Adventures de President Bongo is a unique work of art that will reveal itself over the next seven years, give or take, in the form of 24 LP's.
Les Aventures de President Bongo 3/24
Remix & Alternative versions (digital only) release date : March 22nd, 2018
Physical (only) vinyl release date February 15th 2018
Label: Radio Bongo
Three may be a mystical number and seven a holy one, but two and four and sixteen and so-forth are the numbers of science and rationality. When deprived of instruments, only with logic at hand, it is but natural to split our subjects in two, to split them again and again, until the desired number or amount is reached or can be added up from the newly created parts. So we divide a circle, first in half, then again, into four equal parts – into quadrants. On a compass, each represents the space between cardinal points, from North to East or from South to West. On the face of a clock it represents a quarter of an hour. On the weather charts of yore, they represent gradations of cloudiness.
The precision of the quadrants is attractive so we experiment. We have precise instruments now, so we divide our cycles into equal parts based not only on two but on three or other prime numbers. Some cycles are longer than others but they all revolve at the same speed and thus exciting, infectuous polyrhythms are created. Like numerous clocks ticking away in a hotel lobby, only the minutes are sometimes made up of 60 seconds, sometimes 40, sometimes 17.
This is how we tick away: different people in the same park on a beautiful day, minding our own business but inhabiting the same world. A cacophony of emotions and feelings. Hundreds of hearts, sometimes beating in time, sometimes singing in harmony; all spread across the horizon, each happy or sad in his or her quadrant.
Produced & arranged by President Bongo & Óttar Sæmundsen
Written by Óttar Sæmundsen, Stephan Stephensen & Haraldur Jónsson.
Additional writings by Davíð Þór Jónsson, Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason, Viktor Orri Árnason, Daníel Friðrik Böðvarsson & Kurt Uenala
Video by Helgi Örn Pétursson
Video edit, visuals & effects by Snorri Bros
Photography by Stephan Stephensen
LAPB silhouette by Gabríel Patay & Linda Loeskow
Design & video graphics by Paul Mcmenamin
Mixed by Addi 800 & President Bongo
Vocals by Ester Bíbí
Upright bass by Óttar Sæmundsen
Violin by Viktor Orri Árnason & Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason
Percussion by Sigtryggur Baldursson & Ólafur Björn Ólafsson
Guitar by Daníel Friðrik Böðvarsson
Oberheim 8 Sound design by Kurt Uenala
Nord Electro 5D by Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason
Oberheim SEM V by Davíð Þór Jónsson
Contrabass recordings in Q1 by Pétur Þór Benediktsson
Contrabass recordings in Q2 by Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson
Oberheim Matrix 6R, Vermona Kick Lancet, Roland JU-06, Vostok, Doepfer & drum programming by President Bongo
Emotional Wallpaper by Haraldur Jónsson
Quadrantes text by Atli Bollason