Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Voices Record 2

On a recent trip into Lynton/Lynmouth I found this rather wonderful album from 1968. This album is only part 2 of a 6 album anthology of music sound song and speech in association with Penguin publishing. Side one of this album features a version of John Cage's Amores, and Ewen MacColl sings Minorie. The Folkcatalogue blog has full track listings for all six albums. The Schools and children taking part in this project were Children of Archbishop Holgate’s Grammar School, York Children of Heslington Primary School, York Choir of Trinity School, Croydon.
“Briefly, Argo and Penguin Education have collaborated to produce a set of records to complement the latter’s threebook anthology of poetry and pictures entitled Voices. The anthology is edited by Geoffrey Summerfield, of the York University English and Education departments, costs 25s. 6d. for the three books and has been very well received. The books give the visual and literary side; each record deals with a special topic (heroes, winter, jealousy inter alia) and adds further dimensions through natural, musical and ‘prepared’ sounds. Bands of a disc enclose elements of the topic, so the inbuilt variety might give you some Kodaly, a Rumanian wedding dance, Hardy’s poem on a country fair, a folksong and a movement from Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music. On another side, a Balinese choir, sniffing hedgehogs, a John Clare poem and an Enigma variation will find common ground. The Gramophone Jan 1968.

Shameless Self-promoting.

Gosh! The debut album by Dolly Dolly is now available to pre-order HERE

How exciting!

Cumming soon...

America! America! America! 

Yes, folks for the whole month of November Mounds & Circles will devote every post to the land of the free. God Bless America! *Cough Cough*

Consider yourselves warned. 

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

New Music By Lord Gloom!

Grizwald? opens with a simple four note melody over which somebody, perhaps Lord Gloom himself, performs a muttered rendition of Shakin' Stevens's “Merry Christmas Everyone”. What follows is a moody 40 minutes of sludgy orchestration, local history, time travel, growling clowns, corn bins, backward bouzoukis, old Latin rhythms and an inexplicable hate figure called Bob God.

If you're looking for a queasy soundtrack to your hauntological/vaporware themed Halloween party, Lord Gloom might just have the answer.