(Carausias Arise! at Gwyl Ffynnon Sant Caron, March 2022)

Listen to the Voice of Fire

We grew out of Noise Projection, were an irregular symposium and three monthly experimental music performance and improvisation series based in Aberystwyth. Most often unfunded.


During the unfunded phase, and now on reflection perhaps precisely because of that, we were supported by stand out artists who contributed and travelled to the coast often from far away-memorable performances from Ben Osborn, Duncan Chapman and Mike McInnernay, and from the North of Wales, Andrew Leslie Hooker, Ed Wright-without¬† their’s and others’ we’d not have grown at all, which still, as I say largely unfunded and now maybe waning, the hike the absence of ‘infrastructure’ working against elaborate performance ambitions. Frequent, in-depth discussion with John Harvey, Heike Roms and JW all proved helpful as we emerged.

Formative activities included the Welsh debut of visiting composer Toshimaru Nakamura (funded by Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation-and not, may I repeat, anything to do with Aberystwyth University), a week long studio and performance collaboration, leading to Exemption from Meaning, a film by Greg Bevan and sell out standing room only event in the Ceredigion museum-see gallery for more photos, and Bandcamp for music; Alchemy in Sound- a one day symposium showcasing alchemical responses through music, with a particular attention to Thomas Vaughan’s writing, held at the National library of Wales with Electroscope, Andrew Leslie Hooker, Our glassie Azoth, Rhodri Davies, Jenn Kirby, Phil Legard and more. During 2017- 2019 we hosted improvisation and noise rock as well as avant chamber music and workshops. Standouts including itdreamedtome, Ashtray Navigations, Bell Lungs & Hawthonn.

Pandemic caused cessation of a Machen inspired event at the National Library of Wales and ambitious program of workshops with Ceredigion music services. After an initial performance of Unland-with Roberts, Davies, Craig; we had to rethink and developed as an imprint for cassette and letterpress booklets with occasional remote broadcasts/livestreams.

Post Covid, now onwards: developing sound art and performance activities in this part of mid Wales. Rather than performance in Aberystwyth-this being the base for my day job.¬†During 2021-2022 funded in part by Ty Cerdd we ‘ve run a series of concerts, some digitally available via the Bandcamp page.¬† We held the first Gwyl Ffynnon Sant Caron on March 5th-a weekend of our sort of music, with bagpipes, well dressing, psychedelic, folk and drone music. During World Listening Day, we performed Caerdroia with Rhodri Davies and Angharad Davies and Troia, at the St Caron’s holy (sic) well.
All of this may happen again…