It is with a heavy heart that I decide to cancel/postpone The Shining Pyramid.
The increased anxiety and flux of views about social distancing and the spread of the virus, the implications for performers and participants travelling from further a field and by public transport, and the uncertainty about by the time of the event what new strictures may be in place, lead me to decide to cancel now.
I would hate to be part of a process that actually led anyone to be infected, and many of you will probably like me have friends and family with auto immune or respiratory conditions which make it an even more worrying time, or increase our anxiety that it may be detrimental should we attend these kinds of events. There may be some irrationality at play-but, I think on balance with some of the recent late cancellations from a few performers (which I TOTALLY get) the proposition on offer would just not be the same.
Anyhow-a tremendous pity, but I hope we can reconvene later in the year when I hope we are out of these woods. I will stay in touch with you about that when the time is right,
After a morning of failed drives and general detritus, I thought let’s have a go-retrieved some files and found this….it’s such fun being there in the moment surrounded by stellar sonic alchemists…roll on March 9th, 24th & 25th…
First play list to get you in the zone, or at least this is the zone I have been in, as we get things ready for the events, concerts and symposium, so why not tune in…obviously not everyone here has anything to do with Wales, and not everyone here is playing, line-up details to emerge soon…
As a run up to the new year and the symposium in March, I am offering for a limited time an augmented edition of Our glassie Azoth’s noise hymnody epic- Entelekheia for .99 pence (or more if you want!).
Spanning over twenty years worth of Our glassie Azoth ‘s marginal scree and drone, including digital versions of vinyl releases on Oggum records and from USA DIY underground collection Noise Kills Punk Dead and a remix of Conrad Schnitzler (which ended up using nothing of Con’s work in it) for a lavish box set that was never released. This edition constitutes over 2.36 hours’ of tape and digital scree, strong and strange delusions…
With the suggestion that you may want to get a T shirt too for only £15. There are several of these Ts left, but I expect them all to go by March. Super soft, warm but light, vegetable inks, ethically sourced and screen printed by I Dress Myself. Pythagorean motif. Follow the link below for Tshirt info-thanks!
These are the ephemera and ruminations, scraps that are in the brain leading to the symposia next March-or some at least.
I had a great afternoon drifting through some Powys related books. Krissdottir’s book on Powys’ Magical Quest was a joy to find. It is full of the good stuff which I knew was there-and links in so well to the ideas behind The Shining Pyramid event next March. But, I left the book on the side and don’t have it now so will instead turn to another leaf that fell open.
Powys’s imagination was, primarily, mythic. That is to say he was not concerned with man’s place in society; but with man’s place in nature and his relation to cosmic forces. In consequence, his persistent identifications of man with the cosmos he believed him to be part of, are archaic, ahistorical, and opposed in every conceivable way […] But in order to explain this point it is first necessary to return to [his] use of Welsh mythology
Writers of Wales John Cowper Powys-by Jeremy Hooker (UWP, 1973) p. 63.
Here’s the link to the Bandcamp release of Simon and Ash’s stupefying performance at Aberystwyth in July. Over 33 minutes of excellent guitar trickery.
Salutations Friend of experimental and visionary music.
For World Listening Day we offer twin guitar explorations from Ash Cooke and Simon Proffitt. Ash has recently published a compendium of current underground Welsh music, Simon-most recently providing live visuals for Rhodri Davies. The pair have teamed-up for a new release via seminal micro label Linear Obsessional. Concert starts a little later at 8pm and tickets available on the door. Micro listening, attuned to some hermetic strange version of tonality, this concert is a must for aficionados of experimentalism.
Breaking with the pattern of things, we have another concert lined up for August 14th which is very thrilling. I have been a long time fan of the data bending computer chamber music of Finnish composer Jukka Pekka Kervinen, sporadic social media contact has led to his Welsh debut in Aberystwyth and to add to this, we have a hybrid performance with (another long term favourite from another extreme), Ceri Rhys Mathews will collaborate and perform with pibgorn. So, expect a blend of modular, electronic chamber music and Welsh bagpipes. Another 8pm start at the museum, hope to see you there
All the best
Exemption form Meaning-the CD/Booklet with Toshimaru Nakamura is now available-as digital download with hard copy booklet. Already picking up rave reviews, and with a creative documentary on the way now is the time to get your copy (recorded in Llanon and performed live at the museum)
Limited edition T Shirt
The LVOF T shirt, water soluble ink screen printed on 100% organic cotton, Pythagorean design- available here with avant garde music downloads enticement £14.99
Buy this T shirt and get download code for a massive collection of Our glassie Azoth tracks going right back to first ever released track in 1992 and encompassing Oggum cdrs, 7″ tracks and digital streamed releases. And feel happy-you’re supporting Listen to the Voice of Fire plan ahead for more weird eared drone fodder with your psych noise friends.
Coming Soon- October 2019- March 2020: Unland
Not so long to go until my two nights of psych folk drone noise…mine and yours too. Tickets are beginning to shift, this is always a scary bit, I am not doing this for spondoolicks, but for the love of the musick and long may these occasions continue. A few more ticket sales would steady the nerves, though-don’t leave it too late!
What better way to show you’re in with the in crowd than to don the Listen to the Voice of Fire T shirt!
Proceeds will help keep me able to pull more psyche noise improv together, and you will look cool about town too.
I’ll add a PayPal button pretty soon, there are only a handful of these so it would be ultracool to see swathes of your bodies in Aber clad in this 100% Organic Cotton Waterbased ink Screen Printed Etthically Printed unisex T (S,M,L), postage to the back of beyond will be added.
Here’s a snip from my phone, let me know if you fancy, where you are in UK (or o’er seas) and with some luck can be yours before we convene on Friday 15th!
Five weeks countdown to 2 evenings of excellent experimental music in Aberystwyth. Multiple tech issues-my incompetence have delayed and frustrated and it seems time is slipping. Key Message-plan ahead, and Key Message two-this is going to be two great nights and any of you characters in the Mid Wales, borders DIY scene should trek out to stay awhile amidst the rakish charm of Aberystwyth and tune into these exceptional acts. Heck, wherever you are it’s going to be worth it to see these acts wrapped up in one beautiful shimmering haze.
Anyhow, we have been busy in other capacities….finishing off the CD/booklet with Toshimaru Nakamura, from last years visit and project -I’m hoping copies may be available just in time for March and it would be super if you wanted to bag a copy then, all goes into the coffers to try and make more of this experimental stuff happen in our part of the world!
For the fashion conscious I believe that the latest on point garment is the Listen to the Voice of Fire T-shirt! A limited edition, details to follow….