Sundlaugin

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Location
64°10'00"N
021°40'42"W
Country
 Iceland
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Sundlaugin (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈsʏntˌlœijɪn], the swimming pool) is a recording studio located near Álafoss in the town of Mosfellsbær in Iceland known for being the recording and rehearsal location of post-rock band Sigur Rós. The location was originally a swimming pool built in the 1930s which had been abandoned when Sigur Rós purchased it in 1999 and converted it and adjacent buildings into a studio.The band originally intended to record their third album, entitled ( ), in an abandoned NATO tracking base in the northernmost mountain in Iceland, but after inspection decided it was too impractical. Shortly after they found the abandoned pool lot in a rural neighborhood in Mosfellsbær. They bought the lot and transformed it into a studio. In order to fit the massive mixing console into the building, part of the roof was opened up and the console was lowered with a crane.Much of the band's photography and artwork is taken from the surrounding landscape, such as the art found on the first album recorded in the studio, ( ).The recording studio has also been used for recording, mixing and mastering (usually assisted by the studio's sound engineer Birgir Jón "Biggi" Birgisson) by a wide group of mainly Icelandic artists and bands, including: Agent Fresco The Album Leaf Alcest amiina Amusement Parks on Fire Andŕum Beneath Benni Hemm Hemm Bubbi Morthens Flying Hórses For a Minor Reflection Jakobínarína Julianna Barwick Kira Kira Langi Seli og Skuggarnir Mammút Mugison Múm Ólöf Arnalds Pétur Ben Retro Stefson Seabear Self Defense Family Sin Fang Ske Slowblow Steindór Andersen Storsveit Nix Noltes Trevor GeirAs of 2020, Sundlaugin is owned by former Sigur Rós keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson.
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