Lit faintly by candlelight and by whatever remaining daylight could penetrate the opening, we recorded the various sections of The Boleigh Working live within the depths of Boleigh fogou itself. Ankle deep in mud and cold water, we played and listened as the fogou listened and played with us. The structure seemed to be alive, even if it was hard to forget that Boleigh means ‘the place of slaughter’.
The listener might hear odd noises in this recording which neither of us was responsible for producing: strange subterranean knockings and unexplained whirrings and whinings. It’s for the best, no doubt, that the voice of the woman (if that’s what she was) we both were convinced we’d heard down there, in the dark and the damp, whose spectral whispering caused the hairs on the back of our necks to stand up, wasn’t captured in any recognisable sense by the recording equipment.
So, be warned: this is Fougou ‘unplugged’, without effects or processing of any description; without even the comforting spark of mains electricity to light our way. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed the immersive experience of the invocation.
You can download the album here.
I’ve released a new, longform piece today for free download, or pay what you want, if you’re so inclined. It’s entitled Prelapsarian and you can get it here.
This is a mediation on the lumbering, sneering bulk of Time; and on forgotten places, occluded spaces, in days past I choose to recall as more innocent. It is for Jill, with love.
The piece was recorded in earlier this Spring 2014 and mixed and mastered this month, in Edinburgh. A small, private, physical edition for friends is contemplated.
Let me know what you think of it.
Firstly, a happy new year to everyone. I’ve decided to create a more manageable mailing list and you can subscribe from the link on the right hand side. The messages on this list will be fairly infrequent and should supplement the material on this site. Equally, not everything on here will make its way onto the mailing list, or at least not immediately.
I’m planning on there being a lot more music from me in 2014. I’m currently working on a long-form piece, Sew the Blue Sail, which should be finished shortly. This will be released as a limited CD and download on Dust, Unsettled, and I’m currently exploring options for the packaging. More on that soon.
Finally, I’m hoping there will be releases from other artists on Dust, Unsettled this year too. I’m not accepting demos at the moment, but expect some more news on future releases soon. I’ve set up a separate mailing list for the label here. There are quite a few on my own mailing list who aren’t on the DU list, so please feel free to sign up to both.
All the best for 2014!
Available from today, and for free, gratis, whatever, if you so choose, is a new work 56 Revealings which was destined for release on cassette but the label ceased operations. The two events are surely unconnected. Anyway, here’s 50 new minutes of music from me across two sides of abstraction. I hope you enjoy it.
Separately, I thought I would resurrect some old material and so here–in all its millenarian glory–is fault/r, my ‘dance music’ album from the year 2000. Some people seem to like it. More information about it on the release page.