Of Loxian and Other Invented Tongues. Although there are 6,500 or so existing languages, some imaginative singers and writers invent new ones. Earlier this month, the band Sigur Rós released new songs in the imaginary language Hopelandic , which is only slightly more obscure than their native tongue of Icelandic 🙂
The tradition of singing in invented languages dates back to the 12th century mystic nun and composer Hildegard von Bingen, who even designed a new alphabet for Lingua Ignota .
Although Irish singer Enya has sung in English, Gaelic, French, Latin, Spanish and Japanese, her song writer thought to add one more. Having just written in Elvish , for Lord of the Rings , lyricist Roma Ryan felt a lack of existing languages befitting Enya so she created Loxian. Helpfully, Enya’s website explains that Loxians are very much like us, “They’re looking out, they’re mapping the stars, and wondering if there is anyone else out there.” Right.
So why sing in a nonsense language? Back to Sigur Rós, whose drummer explained that this allows listeners to decide for themselves what the song means. So to all Enya fans, here is an offering in Loxian.
I don’t know what she is saying, but it makes me want to dance in a tropical thunderstorm!
For Simon Skiles , Bailey Roe , Martha E Fay , Peying Fong, Anony Mole , Shah Auckburaully , Satu-Marja Salmi
For more inventiveness, check out Slate’s culture blog: http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2011/11/29/invented_languages_in_music_a_brief_history.html