Tickets available Now!

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Ecstatic drone and psychfolk noise descend on Aberystwyth. Tickets available in advance for this dream ticket from the pockets of the global DIY underground

I am so excited to have these people come and play at LVOF, more than a gig it’s growing network of likeminded audience and players, and on these two nights we have the pre-eminent avant aesthetes of recent years, esoteric hauntologists and melancholy folk tinges. If you are in Wales, West Wales, the borders, the back of beyond-this is your chance to catch these people, some of whom have never played in Wales and who are rightly beloved of Ptolemaic Terrascope, The Quietus, The Sound Projector, TQ, The Wire and more.

Tickets are £10 each night (with booking fee from Eventbrite), some are available on the night for £12 and I hope we can clear the hall before then. Come and meet your psychedelic noise drone heroes




Merry Christmas and Coming Soon——-

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Nadolig Llawen/Happy Christmas to all attendees and supporters for Listen to the Voice of Fire past, present and future!




It’s been an awesome year, every concert has been a pleasure to host and been a discovery.

Of course the project and performance with the great Toshimaru Nakamura visiting wet West Wales (DEBUT) was a long term ambition and came together in stupendous fashion.

It was humbling, touching, overpowering to be honest to see so many of you characters thronging to the Ceredigion Museum for the concert with Nakamura. I was blown away.I am working on the CD now and this should be available in the first quarter of 2019.

The music on the night-wow- Jenn Kirby amazed, Ed Wright dazzled, Barret’s Dottled Beauty transcended, Arai Tatsuru—stupefied, Andrew Leslie Hooker howled and the trio of Nakamura, Rhodri and Angharad Davies-smacked gobs with nuance, space and edge. Meeting up with the marvellous Ed Pinsent was another high point-thanks for coming Ed and for your sketches of us all

Yes-we have this night on audio and must do something with it in due course.

There are tooo many to thank but a few whilst I remember. John Whatling and Les Wilkins- you jumped into deal with issues whilst I crumbled-thanks both. And Ed Wright thanks too, as I faltered you were calm!

We’ve kept to this odd routine of March, July and November-and performances at all of these have made my year-thanks for coming, for creeping out of the woodwork and sharing my sort of music. Dear Duncan Chapman-a long term supporter of LVOF brought his collaborator Mike McInnerney (sp.,) along, and together they conjured deep layers of shakuhachi and electronic haze. It was a pleasure to meet you and for our dinner discussion at the Treehouse the day before. And we were joined by the rather excellent Richard Craig.

Richard’s whole approach has been personally very affecting. This was a subtle and understated performance which capitalized on attentive listening, space, speaker location intimacy and fractured tonalities. Good humour and intelligent insightful discussion, a good Indian meal was had before hand-thankyou Sir.

Steve Moyes destroyed his cello and the electroacoustic phase from Audiomulch wizzadry was fantastic. Steve-you have been a long term supporter of LVOF-it’s been great to hear you play and I am looking forward to more collaboration in the future. It was a hazy summer’s night in July and what can I say-thanks all.

For me this business of LVOF is a personal journey of reconnecting with myself-if that makes any sense., and I very much enjoyed meeting Richard and the discussions we had, at the Light of Asia and the Treehouse with Duncan and Mike-and of course the concert and approach. Thanks! And for those of you who did not make it, it was another blinder.

November seems a year ago. Ffrwd-dropped into my horizon I think thanks to Malcolm Gwyon, and I am so glad he did-this was-captured perfectly by Felix’s photos-overwhelming avant musique concrete with Cymric twists, we must have this fellow back-Nord, Power Tools, Welsh hymnody and Nord modular-what is not to like.

I knew we were going into modular heaven with Subversive Frequencies, encroaching on Hawkwind-ish levitational powers this tech heavy set was super saturated with psychedelic but unsettling visuals and imagery swirling and projected behind this troupe, with the silhouetted attendees in the stalls it made the whole evening very surreal, until Ffrwd appeared and twisted us off to another dimension. . Marc Snell manned this ship and also provided much technical solutions on the night-big thanks Marc.

Susan Mathews and Ian Holloway-thanks for bringing another dimension to what we try to do with LVOF. Dreamy piano Satie-esque impressionism, with drones and home made devices-kitchen bowls’ inharmonic frequencies never sounded so good. Their set was the perfect antidote and I hope we meet again soon.

So where does this leave us now, oh yes-Merry Christmas.

And set your diaries for the weekend of Friday 15th and Saturday 16th of March.

Friday 15th: If all goes according to plan we shall have a 1 day symposium at the National Library of Wales “In a Strange Garden” addressing hermeticism, acoustic ecologies and sound process, with concert and exhibition of rare alchemical texts. Participants to be announced soon-expect some surprises!

Friday 15th: Evening a fantastic spread of essential psychedelic noise drone visits Aberystwyth. You cannot get these characters normally and here they are coming to visit, please tell your friends and do not miss out on this.

itdreamedtome—-legendary obscure haze ambient drone
Laura Netz——– harsh ambient experimenter
Bell Lungs——–Scottish psychedelic infused songstress
Sharron Krauss—–Folk horror legend

Saturday 16th:

Ashtray Navigations—–the premier DIY underground aesthetes, they’ve long been in my dreams to play at Aber, descend and expect to be thrilled, if you have any interest in independent minded and inspirational DIY underground legends beloved of The Wire and Thurston Moore-you must attend this.

Kitchen Cynics—-another legend, a marvellous singer of finely poised songs, who plays psychedelic and folk related compositions and has been a long time player on the DIY underground, pre internet tape swapping labels of yester year, but so what—his music remains direct, emotionally charged and spellbinding- you must not let opportunity this slip!

Hawthonn- a commanding and striking combo, whose deep astral folk and electronic esoterica will spin you to another place. Phil Legard you will know from his many releases and academic writing on occult matters is joined by Layla Legard, after last year’s Red Goddess release one of the Quietus’ albums of the year), this is the icing on the cake, for the curious and for those in the know, please come along and tell your friends, never to be repeated at these time space co-ordinates.

Tickets will be available on the door and for those attending the conference a batch deal., subject to me pulling my finger out.

So last year was awesome—-next year will be ultra, ultra—– draft poster attached to pass around to your friends. Blog to be updated soon, follow me on Twitter-it’s the easiest way for me!

Anyhow, rest up, don’t eat to much and see you on the flip side


Subversive Frequencies

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Someone described my music as like Hawkwind gone wrong-but in a good way, and the comment snuck away at the back of my mind for years…until last Thursday.  Subversive Frequencies descended on the Ceredigion Museum with a shed load of gizmos, audio and video processors and on more than a few occasions- the ether cleared.  This clip doesn’t capture the audio so well, its pulsating dystopian waves, nor does it get the visuals. You can thank me for the ad hoc camera work. Levitation levitation levitation- kept ringing through my mind, although really this was a mostly dark set, of throbbing electronica and irregular and textural improvisation, spiralling out of control in all the right ways. Just what we needed.We hope to see these back again!



Coming Soon…Thursday 1st November

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Musique concrete for toothbrushes Nord modular noise and drone…an evening with your new friends at LVOF. Tickets on the door, opens up at 7.30 for an approximate start thereafter.






Mike McInnerney

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Performing along with Duncan Chapman on 12th July 2018.

Mike McInerney plays shakuhachi and piano. Has studied mathematics and music at the University of York and has a Ph. D from Dartington College of Arts. He works with interactive technology, computer-generated sounds and live processing to create new music for Japanese shakuhachi flute, and other instruments. Mike has studied with the composer Frank Denyer, the shakuhachi player Yoshikazu Iwamoto, the pianist Jo Peach M. Phil. B. Mus LRAM, and the enlightened Zen calligraphy master, Tanchu Terayama.





Richard Craig

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Hailing from Clydebank, Scotland, Richard Craig has come to establish himself as one of the leading performers of new music. He has performed alongside ensembles such as MusikFabrik Köln, Klangforum Wien, and as a soloist he has been the dedicatee of many works for flute. As a composer/improviser he has been involved in an ongoing project with feedback called AMP/AL. His discography includes two monographs (INWARD and VALE both released on the métier label), and he has performed in numerous radio broadcasts for the BBC, WDR Köln, YLE Finland, Radio France, Radio Nacional de España, Swedish Radio, ARTE and Icelandic RUV. His own music is available on bandcamp.

From 2009-11 he was a Visiting Fellow in Performance at Aberdeen University, and since 2014, an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield. In 2015 Richard was appointed Head of Performance at Bangor University.
A recent performance, to whet your appetite:



The Sound Projector

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Very interesting review from the mighty Ed Pinsent of the last Listen to the Voice of Fire. See here:

Insightful comments regarding the split of noisy to introspective in the program as well as the reckoning of the (over) long AV piece, spell  binding but whatever happened to agreed fifteen minutes, some imbalance perhaps.

Ed came all the way up to back of beyond Aberystwyth, well as did many of you, and suffered the regular as clockwork hitches on Arriva Trains Wales.  But, what a pleasant fellow and we all enjoyed the Light of Asia on the night before. Great company and surprisingly tasty food.

Ahh, let’s do it all again…


Toshimaru Nakamura

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Toshimaru Nakamura is probably one of the most important electronic composers of the 21st century. His instrument is the no-input mixing board, which describes a way of using a standard mixing board as an electronic music instrument, producing sound without any external audio input. The use of the mixing board in this manner is not only innovative in that the sounds it can create but, more importantly, in the approach this method of working with the mixer demands. The unpredictability of the instrument requires an attitude of obedience and resignation to the system and the sounds it produces, bringing a high level of indeterminacy and surprise to the music. Nakamura pioneered this approach to the use of the mixing board in the mid-1990’s and has since then appeared on over one hundred audio publications, including nine solo CD’s.
He has performed throughout Europe, North America, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, Korea, China, Singapore and Malaysia, performing and recording both as a soloist and in collaboration with numerous other musicians.
As an active organizer of concerts in Tokyo, Nakamura has helped many musicians coming to Japan find places to perform, both with himself and with others. From 1998 to 2003 Nakamura and Tetuzi Akiyama ran the concert series Improvisation Series at Bar Aoyama and then later the Meeting at Off Site series of concerts. Both these concert series were crucially important in exposing a new manner to improvised music (referred to as Electro Acoustic Improvisation) to the Japanese public and to foreign musicians visiting Japan, making Tokyo one of the global hotspots for this new approach to music.
This is a rare opportunity to listen to an exciting blend of leading experimental musicians from Japan, Berlin and Wales. Also  playing:  Arai Tatsuru, Rhodri Davies, Jenn Kirby, Dafydd Roberts & Andrew Leslie Hooker.

Rhodri Davies

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Rhodri Davies was born in 1971 and lives in Swansea, South Wales. He plays harp, electric harp, live-electronics and builds wind, water, ice, dry ice and fire harp installations. He has released four solo albums: Trem, Over Shadows, Wound Response and An Air Swept Clean of All Distance. His regular groups include: HEN OGLEDD, Cranc, a duo with John Butcher, The Sealed Knot, Common Objects and a trio with John Tilbury and Michael Duch. He has worked with the following artists: David Sylvian, Jenny Hval, Derek Bailey, Mark Fell, Kahimi Karie, Laura Cannell, Lina Lapelyte, Sachiko M, Bill Orcutt, Jim O’Rourke, Christian Marclay and David Toop.
In 2008 he collaborated with the visual artist Gustav Metzger on ‘Self-cancellation’, a large-scale audio-visual collaboration in London and Glasgow. New pieces for solo harp have been composed for him by: Eliane Radigue, Philip Corner, Phill Niblock, Ben Patterson, Christian Wolff, Alison Knowles, Mieko Shiomi and Yasunao Tone. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Grants to Artists Award, since 2016 he is a Chapter Associate Artist and in 2017 he received a Creative Wales Award.

Angharad Davies

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Angharad Davies is a violinist, one at ease in both improvising and composition, with a wide discography as part of varied range of ensembles and groups. She’s a specialist in the art of ‘preparing’ her violin, adding objects or materials to it to extend its sound making properties. Her sensitivity to the sonic possibilities of musical situations and attentiveness to their shape and direction make her one of contemporary music’s most fascinating figures. She has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Tate Modern, the Proms, Music We’d Like to Hear new music series, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, El Nicho festival in Mexico where she premiered Eliane Radigue’s Occam XXI for solo violin.

She is an associate artist at Cafe Oto, is a member of Cranc, Common Objects and Apartment House, been artist in residence at Q-02, and played live with Tony Conrad in the Turbine Room at the Tate Modern. Other collaborations have featured the likes of John Butcher, Steve Beresford, Laura Cannell, Daniela Cascella, Anat Ben David, Rhodri Davies, Matt Davis, Richard Dawson, Julia Eckhardt, Kazuko Hohki, Roberta Jean, Lina Lapelyte, Dominic Lash, Tisha Mukarji, Andrea Neumann, Rie Nakajima, Anie O’Dwyer, Okkuyng Lee, Tim Parkinson, J.G.Thirlwell, Silvia Tarozzi, Stefan Thut, Deborah Walker, Paul Whitty, Manfred Werder, Birgit Ulher, Taku Unami and she’s released records on Absinth Records, Another Timbre, Potlatch and Confrontrecords.
Angharad Davies recent work included as Radio 3 Late Junction album of the year: