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Sounds from an Empty House-Starts Tomorrow

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This starts tomorrow! Good luck everyone who is taking part-can’t wait to hear what comes forth
about the project : Sounds created by the Plas Bodfa itself and its immediate surroundings will be live-mixed, augmented and manipulated by 24 invited, local sound artists, groups and creatives.
Livestreaming to Youtube and Facebook Live:
Saturday, 26 June, beginning at sunrise (05:00)
live for 24 hours until
Sunday, 27 June, ending at sunrise (05:00)
The lineup:
Chaparral Andy Hodges, Katherine Betteridge, Ynyr Pritchard, etchasketch, Angela Davies, Mark Albrow, Bev Craddock, Zöe Skoulding & Alan Holmes, Super Group, Carl Osaki Richardson, ANOIKIS (Melissa Pasut & Andrew Leslie Hooker), Glyn Roberts – FFRWD, ACCRETION ENTROPY, tom.m, Hopewell Ink, Lisa Heledd Jones, Amy Sterly, Charles Gershom, Ed Wright, j Milo Taylor, Graham Hembrough
 

On the passing of Embla Quickbeam

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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.

 

 

2 Reissues available now: Our glassie Azoth & Euterpe Sequence

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A couple of re-issues to melt your brain, and/or cool your worries by harsh ambience, scree flute haze, and primitive gliss guitar dronery from Ciliau Aeron, West Wales -one of these is 27 years old!
According to Forced Exposure-way back:
“Excellent debut album by two mysterious musicians from Wales/UK. Their music sounds like they have adapted parts of ‘Sternklang’ by Karlheinz Stockhausen for ten distorted guitars. Their focus is upon pure noise with an intent to locate, draw out and revel in it’s hitherto hidden harmonies. Using the rough sound of variegated tape-manipulations with some acoustic instruments such as flutes and woodblocks they enjoy to produce feedback drenched drone chaos that flutters and filters into a transmutary experience. Entirely conceived in an isolated part of Wales, their environment is both actually and musically expansive and/or desolate at turns characterized by the cyclical coloration of Nature.”
& Ed Pinsent of The Sound Projector in 1998  wrote:
“Further minimalist excursions into terror and strangeness, this one (originally) released by Tony Dale in Victoria; four long abstract tracks, including Gammae from their first single. The longest and best is the 20 minute ‘Insist upon the Way’, an astonishing meditation of noise that indeed suggests Dr John Dee at work in his reverbatory, amazed and terrified by the unstoppable power he has unleashed. A beautiful package, all sleeve components printed on textured cream art paper decorated with mad alchemical images and a lengthy quote from Eugenius Philalethes’s Lumen de Lumine, an impenetrable 17th century text.”

Johann Wlight, The Surface of Past Time & Moths & much more

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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.

Like Hyanthe All Teares

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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 Shining Pyramid at The British Music Collection

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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.

 

The Shining Pyramid is released!

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Essays about the Welsh literary occulture of Arthur Machen, John Cowper Powys, Thomas Vaughan & more accompany a full colour Maltese cross encased cassette, limited to 50 with new hermetic sound from: Embla Quickbeam, Facing the Ocean (founder members of the Oroonies), Tristan Rhys Williams, John Harvey, Leona Jones & itdreamedtome, presented in handsewn booklet on Medieval laid paper, with original line art illustration by Brian Lucas (Angel Archer/Old Million Eye), a letterpress cover and letterpress card token, a button badge and digital 12 page supplementary photo/text/links pdf.

Includes unlimited streaming of The Shining Pyramid via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

shipping out on or around October 31, 2020
edition of 50

 

Supranature field research

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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.

Good Newes from Now(here)

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