Golau Coch Aberteifi / Cardigan’s Red Light

In the 18th and 19th century Cardigan was a busy port town, bringing trade and commerce of all kinds.  I have been told that as a connecting street between the busy port and trading area of Lower Mwldan and High Street, Eben’s lane became the place for a very particular kind of trade.

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The Police - Roxanne

A circle in 12 parts: Aries

March was to be the start of a year long series of improvisations exploring parallels between creative and ritual practice, the symbolic power of the circle, the zodiac, repetition and magic.  Working with musician friend Jay, we were planning a monthly live webcast performance from my studio, me playing records, Jay taking a feed from the desk, sampling and treating with Ableton and sending it back into the mix.

We have been talking about this for a while now and rehearsing since January.
It’s been a fantastic listening exercise, trying to find balance between the analogue and digital and working out ways of creating structure within the performances based on some fundamental astrological ideas i.e signs, houses, modes, elements and decans.

In choosing records, I was inspired to seek out spoken word astrology ones having found a copy of ‘Tetley take you Stargazing with Maurice Woodruff: Aries’, in the Ty Hafan charity shop in Cardigan some time ago.  Thanks to Ebay and Discogs I almost have the whole zodiac by a number of different astrologers.  2020-03-20 11.29.08

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There are also a number of musical interpetations of the zodiac signs and several copies of Holst’s planets.

Mixing in with those are a few tracks refering to magic in different ways.  So far the only one thats made it into the mix has been A Kind of Magic by Queen, I have a few others in mind which will no doubt make later mixes.

Given the current Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to start the project as planned and im still not quite sure what this will mean for it.  While we are finding a few extracts from our Aries rehearsals to post soon and work out how to proceed, I am posting this video of a vinyl only mix to be going on with.
The overlay is a sketch created in After Effects exploring wrapping a few circular images around a sphere.  The images are photos of my mother’s crystal ball in the sunset light from the studio window and a version of my birthchart drawn by my mother back in 1996.

More Party Leftovers

A mix of records leftover from a Zoom party where people chose vinyl from my databases and I played their requests – like a slow, unreliable, shit jukebox.

Ambrose & his Orchestra; 5000 Welsh Voices; Frankie Laine; Blondie; The Pentangle; Bois Y Felin; The Maple Leaf Four; The Dubliners; Max Boyce; Neal Hefti; Dire Straits; Dean Martin

The Maple Leaf Four - Home on the Range

Ambrose and His Orchestra - Champagne Cocktail

The Pentangle - Pentangling

Blondie - Parallel lines

Dire Straits - Money for Nothing

Neal Hefti - Batman Theme

Bois y Felin

A Nation Sings - 5000 Voices

The Best of Frankie Laine

Dean Martin - Dean of Music

It's the Dubliners