The Christmas Variations @ Bara Menyn

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A collection of vinyl first shown in Oriel Blodau Bach earlier this year.

Born near Llandysul at Christmas in 1766, Christmas Evans grew up in Bwlchog, in the parish of Llanfihangel-ar-Arth and went on to become one of the most well known and influential preachers in Wales.

“Christmas Evans (1766-1838) was described by D. M. Lloyd-Jones as ‘the greatest preacher that the Baptists have ever had in Great Britain’. This remarkable one-eyed Welshman came from humble beginnings to exercise powerful preaching ministries throughout Wales..”(1)

The collection of sleeves with their different designs attest to his status and continued popularity as a preacher, receiving several re-issues on the Qualiton label.  The sermon itself was first delivered on July 1st 1835 in Bangor and the recording is of Rev. Jubilee Young some 118 years after Christmas Evans’ death.

As well as the covers on display there are a number of audio/video works using the records

 

(1) ‘Christmas Evans – No Ordinary Preacher’

https://www.dayone.co.uk/products/christmas-evans-no-ordinary-preacher

Afon

I will be performing some new work for this in a couple of weeks…

http://www.may-nard.org/afon

Looking at my vinyl record database and thinking of the years I spent over the valley from Abercych in Llechryd, watching the floods come and go…

I used to put all the pictures in a set on flickr – Sometimes I live by a Lake

Sometimes I Live by a Lake

I’m finding some interesting river songs and sleeves in my collection and putting a few out in Bara Menyn in the lead up to the festival.. starting with a the 3 locally themed albums
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The Christmas Variations

This new work for Oriel Blodau Bach is a collection of ‘Pregeth Christmas Evans’ vinyl record covers.  Born near Llandysul at Christmas in 1766, Christmas Evans grew up in Bwlchog, in the parish of Llanfihangel-ar-Arth and went on to become one of the most well known and influential preachers in Wales.

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Read more on the Oriel Blodau Bach website

Exhibition 24 August // Awst – 12 October // Hydref 2019

The Christmas Variations includes a playlist of videos

Wales Land of Song

Dechreuodd casgliad newydd yn Bara Menyn wythnos hwn i ddathlu Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant.  A new selection of records started in Bara Menyn this week to celebrate St David’s Day.

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Folk Songs of England Scotland and Wales

Cymanfa Ganu 1969

Tom Jones - Green Green grass of Home

A short film documenting a St Davids day excursion to the woods with a Decca Junior and “Hen Wlad fy Nhadau” and a Dulcetto playing “We’ll Keep a Welcome” amongst the daffodils in the ruins and grounds of the Holy Cross Church Llechryd. (2007)

Red Oktober

Photos by Kathryn Campbell Dodd

Many thanks to all the visitors to the installation at Punk Bikes in Cardiff last month.  Working together to create a musical soviet using a collection of themed vinyl records and found audio equipment, we covered and combined a range of musical genres and created a great deal of red noise!
The images below show a few of the visitors exploring the collection, you can listen to and download the full audio files through the links at the bottom of this post.

Visitors were introduced to the collection of old audio equipment and record players – a Dansette tempo found on the road in Carmarthen; an old Ultra from an attic near Carmarthen; a BSR from a recycling centre in Devon; a vintage Bush from a boot sale near Aberporth – all output into a Yamaha compact cassette 4 track from a distant teenage friend.  The 4 track then outputs to a battered Roclab 4 channel mixer (found in a skip in Bristol), along with a Sony PS-212A (given by a friend) and a Pioneer PL-111Z turntable (found on the street) running through a Numark 2 channel mixer (exchanged for a website). An old Sony PS-212 (with its own idea of what 33 or 45 is) and a vintage Technics SL-Q2 took the other channels.

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The box of records was selected from a database of over 4000 by searching for the terms Soviet, Russian, and Revolution (and also included some Punk and protest song records).  These were available to choose from and to play in any way visitors wished.

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Many of the record players had the tone arms tied with bits of wire so they found a loop point, the Sony PS-212A played normally and the Pioneer PL-111Z played backwards.

You can listen or download the full recordings of the event here – http://jacobwhittaker.co.uk/sounds/RedOktober_part1.mp3
http://jacobwhittaker.co.uk/sounds/RedOktober_part2.mp3

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A Peasant in Four Dimensions

28 Ninian Red

Sound objects in red theme for the centenary of the October revolution.
The reds are heading to a new installation in the garden of No28 Ninian rd with Rhôd and madeinroath.

The Red Army Choir; Red Light; Contact in Red Square; I see Red; The Red Flag; Red Guitar; Red River Valley; Blood Red Roses; Rise Red Sun; Simply Red; Red Red Wine; Red Maple Leaves; Little Red Rooster; Red Roses For A Blue Lady; Red Light; Red Box; Little Red Bus; Red Velvet Steering Wheel; Red Nichols; Girl In Red 99 Red Balloons;

The work for Rhôd in Roath 2017 will explore the collection through a red filter, gathering and ignoring eclectic musical references to popular culture and radiating red noise.