I was shocked to hear that Rowan had died. I didn’t know her directly. Like many others I was drawn to her magical music. So we opened up a conversation and pre-Covid she was to play at The Shining Pyramid-now that would have been something. So, recently, learning she’d relocated to Cornwall and not far from where my sister lives, we chatted on Fb about the possibility of coming down there to do something or that she may ‘return’ to Wales at some point for a Pyramid follow up. We were lucky enough to have received her track ‘Annwn’ for The Surface of Past Time, this is-unsurprisingly-the most played track via Bandcamp on that collection. We were very happy that as The Shining Pyramid was cannibalised into that release and Ysbrydnos that she contributed here too. So no LVOF live performance, no meet up in ‘real’ life but a connection was made. She created a deep score for itdreamedtome and this is testament I think to her subtle musical work. My sad condolences go to any who knew her well and all her family and loved ones.
What a treat Malady of Knots turns up- again. I’m conscious this is giving short shrift. Marking out the play of itdreamedtome from The Shining Pyramid as a cue or nudge to go listen. The segue from Amy Cutler to itdreamedtome is perfect, there’s plenty/too much to explore- good for me tonight.
Great show by Gayle Brogan. I loved to hear Gayle talk Natural History. There were several new music leads for me to chase. A welcome dip into The Surface of Past Time and the excellent Old Million Eye too. I await next month eagerly.
Pre-order our new limited edition Risograph book and sound-world
Like Hyanthe All Teares- A Radiophonic Dream and text based on Thomas Vaughan’s alchemystical writing
400 years ago tomorrow, April 17th 1621, Wales’ foremost alchemist was born. Thomas Vaughan has long been my passion, subject of research and creative stimuli. It is fitting that today I can announce our new project.
Like Hyanthe All Teares will be a limited edition (approximately 100 copies) Risograph perfect bound book circa 100 pages with colour alchemical illustrations throughout, original essays and selections of Vaughan’s text including excerpt translations from Vaughan’s unpublished private alchemical diary. The project will see new sound worlds accompanying it in the shape of a limited edition cassette. Artists signed-up to develop works include Phosphene: Sharron Kraus: Tristan Rhys Williams: Richard Craig: Dafydd Roberts & Johann Wlight. Individually and jointly they create a radiophonic dream.
There is no public funding for this risky labour of love which is why I turn to you now. An Early Bird pre-order will help me cover some of the production costs, reprographic and license fees in the main.
All those taking advantage of the Early Bird offer will receive acknowledgement in the print copy dedication for what is sure to be an attractive, idiosyncratic and one of a kind offering.
I will be humbled and grateful to you should you choose to commit NOW for your copy, £30.00 including postage worldwide.
Please pay by PayPal by following this link: https://py.pl/TvOqi
For anyone with a 2020/21 Bandcamp subscription to Listen to the Voice of Fire your copy is included in the subscription. Bandcamp subs of £45 gives you myriad years back catalogue recordings, LVOF digital releases and future content, subscriber only content plus 25% discount on physical merchandise.
Please note that this is a pre-order, I expect the editions to go fairly swiftly however-the publication date is not set and is due for November 2021. I’ll hold this early bird rate open for a while. For postage reasons and fairness I can only accept single copy orders.
The recent screenings for Ysbrydnos :: Hallowmas are now stored at the British Music Collection. I think they’re still live on Sound and Music’s Facebook/YouTube site-and if you go there do leave comments. Please check the videos out and if you are curious about the artists be sure to follow their links. There is much great work therein! https://britishmusiccollection.org.uk/article/ysbrydnoshallowmas-shining-pyramid
There are 15 or so tape/booklets left, so if you fancy one hurry over to Bandcamp-once they’re gone that’s it!
Next outing is…The Surface of Past Time. Sign-up via Bandcamp to ensure you get details.
Includes unlimited streaming of The Shining Pyramid via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
For anyone interested in the upcoming Llanerch The Trees release; I have just received the booklets and WOW, they feel great. I shall be selling these with tape only (and your DL code) for £15 per copy postage paid in the UK -overseas will be additional-DM me if you have not already. There will only be 30 of these…
I am toying with the idea of setting up a subscription series for the tapes/booklets series-is this something that you would be interested in?
There are a few reasons for this idea. It would give me a litmus test of who wants these peculiar things, to reach and engage with you directly, and know where you are in the world-curious as well as to provide some additional income for future planned releases.
I was thinking of something like £25 per annum, which would give you 1 tape/booklet, and a subsequent percentage- eg.10-15% off all other new and archival releases.
What is coming? After Llanerch The Trees there will be: The Shining Pyramid booklet and multi artist tape, with essays on Arthur Machen, John Cowper Powys and Welsh occulture imagined in sound; The Surface of Past Time multi artist tape and booklet (think horse magic spiralling out through psychogeography Welsh natural philosophy the imaginal and arcane), In A Strange Garden- a Listen to the Voice of Fire collection of live recordings from the last few years, a release with Andrew Leslie Hooker and of course the third instalment of the Unland project.
So, please let me know your thoughts on the proposed subscription series. You can reply here or directly. I know I am not there, is the cost okay, too much-too little! is the value weak, or do you prefer just digital. And what would you like to get out of a subscription series. I am open to ideas and contributions.
I hope you’re doing okay. Several exciting release and streaming events in the pipeline. But before them, I wanted to give you a heads-up on micro edition tape & booklet that we’re releasing at Autumn Equinox.
A West Wales supranatural field research project, expect skeins of lament through veils of incorporeal utterance. A limited edition of only 30 cassettes with handsewn & letter press on recycled medieval laid paper booklet detailing the research project, second in the unland/annwfn series, and available on the Listen to the Voice of Fire imprint, Llanerch The Trees brings together two spectral entities known as itdreamedtome and blodeuedd.
I’m expecting proofs back in the next week or so and I will be taking pre-orders soon after. The initial draft looks. feels and sounds lovely, a treat that will vanish into the ether.