New release. Fractured out now on Databloem (http://databloem.com/home/877-seren-ffordd-fractured.html) and Seren Ffordd Bandcamp page (https://serenffordd.bandcamp.com/album/fractured)
The first act of any musician is to break the silence. Rending the quiet by pouring sound into the waiting space, as savagely as a lightning strike or as gently as an unfolding rose. I was intrigued by this sense of breaking, of the Fracture where the front of the soundwave disturbs the silence, creating the ripples that transform the still surface of a pond, Scattering reflections like a Shattered mirror. This album came out of a wish to hear sound Split and Torn. What would a sound sound like if the frequencies were Peeled apart like light in a rainbow, if tones or sections come at different times or from different parts of the stereo image? What would they sound like if their edges were Blurred, Curdled, Sliced - Merging into and out of each other? The ideas, music, titles and art all grew from this seed. This Breaking of the silence emerged together, not as a whole - but as the infinite flashes of light reflecting off spinning shards of glass. ‘Fractured’, is a journey into Splitting, Melting and Tearing. Many of the sounds are unrecognisable. Some appear more than once, but Slivered, Hacked, Severed into different shapes and tones. A few are heard as they occurred, a contrast to the Broken edges around them. One track includes a severe recycling of a previously released piece of music – the only other non acoustic sound is heard at the end of the album. The music is at times Slow, Complex, Noisy, Harsh – it is in places Beautiful, Dense, Spiky. Sources include: bird wing, water, tin foil, drum, gongs, cardboard, bells, beads, dice, gourds, voice, glass, bone whistle and flute. Recorded in the StarWeb studio between 2008 and 2013 with Roland VS2480, Korg D16, Korg MR1, TC M3000, Sony and Tascam minidisc recorders, Sennheiser and AKG microphones, Sonar 5. Dedicated as ever to my wife, for her patience. Fractured: I – Near Silence – 10.00 II – A Heavy Bone – 10.00 III – Broken by the Desert Heat – 10.00 IV – In the Shadow of a Heron’s Wing V - Under the Stark and Dreaming Tress – 10.00 VI - Nothing is not No Thing – 10.00 Fractured was originally finished in 2012 and it has been a long journey to its release. Many Thanks to Dennis at Databloem for releasing the music on his label.
- pay what you want release that also includes all the original artwork for the intended but never materialised 3 disc limited edition.
The blurb: Fractured II – 7 Broken Mirrors Originally intended as the second part of the Fractured Trilogy, 7 broken Mirrors is a reworking of the first album into a long form piece. It takes ‘Fractured’ and turns it in on itself. The intention had been to create a Fractured limited edition 3 disc album with specific artwork for both the cover and cards detailing the thoughts behind each track. Similarly there had been a thought to create a number of versions of Fractured with all the same sounds, but mixed up in different places on the album, so listeners would be hearing different things to each other.... But it was some time trying to find a home for the first album (until Dennis at Databloem kindly picked up the release) and in the wait, life moved on and the momentum was unfortunately lost. 7 Broken Mirrors is offered as a free release with all the original artwork included.
It's been a little while since I released any music, life and everything....
Anyway, new release on Bandcamp:
I've got my recording equipment back up and running. Deleted almost all the unfinished projects and was looking at what I might want to create now...had intended to create simpler pieces than the most recent complex sounds, but found both were rising out of the mists - this is a piece of complex sounds....