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Roger Doyle - The Thousand Year Old Boy

While listening to Nova on LyricFM, Bernard Clarke put on a track by Roger Doyle called Gyassa. A harmonically rich track, Gyassa reminds me of mortuos plango vivos voco by Jonathan Harvey. At the core of Gyassa is a single male voice which undergoes continual sonic transformation. The result of this manipulation is gripping, causing the voice to slide in and out of the supporting background drone. It's this continuous spectral evolution that delivers the main source of tension during the track. The entire album "The Thousand Year Old Boy" is a wonderful sonic experience, each track seems to introduce the next perfectly and the overall experience is cohesive and enjoyable.



2014-10-20 16:09:59

Lucy Duran's Traditional music of Madagascar

I really enjoyed this radio program by Lucy Duran. Lucy does a great job describing the world around her and Paddy Bush (her guide while in Madagascar) provides lots of interesting insight into the music played during the program.

P.S. It's well worth listening in stereo.  

2014-03-05 11:58:18

Baroness: The Red Album

This is a very enjoyable album, gritty and satisfying.

2013-12-06 12:57:11

Kangding Ray

I came across the artists Kangding Ray recently - on the Raster-Noton label. I've only had the time to listen to the album stabil but I'm already very impressed. 

2013-10-01 10:54:25

Colleen - The weighing of the heart

I first heard Colleen a few weeks back. Since then I've been listening to her latest album 'The weighing of the heart'. Initially I wasn't overly impressed but with time I've come to appreciate and enjoy the imprecision within the tracks. I get the impression that many of the instrumental parts were improvised over and over again until the artist was happy with the output. It doesn't sound like each note has been grafted securely to the click of a metronome or worse, quantised / warped to sound 'right'. It's free, and open to error.


2013-09-15 10:48:33

Audio Gluttony

Spotify is a good tool for discovering new music but it's very easy to over indulge. Tracks and albums that would have takes the artist hours, months even years to create can be ingested in a matter of minutes; very little is digested. 

In the last few years I've started to take my time when I'm presented with a new artist, album or track. It's very easy to be superficial, acting like a binary switch. Flipping quickly between 'I like it' or 'I don't like it' without actually thinking, why do I like it or why do I dislike it.

2013-09-15 10:31:12


I've been enjoying a duo from the Berlin based label Sonic Pieces called Dictaphone. Their album Poems From A Rooftop has given me a good few hours of enjoyment already.

2013-09-06 16:32:42

Installing Spotify on Debian linux

The Spotify preview requires an older version of libssl. I used this walkthrough to install it.

2013-08-30 08:40:56

Sommer by Klangwelt - A great album

I recently came across the group Klangwelt on Spotify. I love there album Sommer and recommend giving it a listen

Sommer by Klangwart

2013-08-19 12:12:28

The Knife: Shaking the Habitual

I'm a big fan of the Swedish electronic music duo, The Knife. Their album 'Silent Shout' is one of my favorites.

I'm just finished my first play through and I'm happy - which is nice.

Album cover for the knife

2013-05-10 12:00:03

Really nice fusion

This is great. I love the minor and diminished harmonies that are created here, captivating. I really like the way Ronan supports Corinne during this session. His accompaniment is simple, which helps keep the focus on singing.

2012-04-23 15:16:04

Amazing sean nós

I really like this piece. Sung beautifully by Róisín Elsafty.


2012-04-09 00:42:30

Eanach Dhúin

I recorded this air on the low whistle years ago. My recording equipment had just arrived from Thomann and this was the first thing I wanted to record.

I said I'd throw it up for others to enjoy.


2012-04-09 00:23:23