Looking forward to exploring my collection of 70s records for this event in Oriel Myrddin Gallery on the 29th November.
I made this Aphex Twin inspired extra graphic for it from a 70s toy record player box…
Photo by Kathryn Campbell Dodd
Despite a few technical hitches I really enjoyed playing with records at the Glynn Vivian for the End of Empire preview. My audio recorder failed unfortunately so I decided to continue working with the selection of records in the studio and post some recordings of them as I go. This first mix from the studio uses 3 Swansea based Welsh Teledisc records and ‘Freedom Fanfare’ by the Band of the Nigeria Police, recorded to celebrate Nigerian independence.
Time wasn’t on my side and I didn’t get to play a number of things that I’d hoped, one was this Vistasound postcard record with a view of Snowdon from Llyn Llydaw.
On the balcony above where I was situated in the atrium is a series of landscape paintings by Sir Kyffin Williams, including views of Snowdon. I had planned to play this on a portable record player with them, here it is playing in the studio instead..
Used to be based at 139 Walter rd, Swansea. It was home to a credit union last time the google streetview car went by…
Swansea recordings include this one by Horizon Recordings ltd, Dylan Thomas House, 32 Alexandra rd
This from Swan Records Limited, Swansea. No mention of whereabouts in Swansea they were based…a fine figure of a hound though!
and these from Recordiau Mynydd Mawr, who were at 381 Gors Avenue, Cockett, Swansea
Dylan Thomas House on Alexandra rd was where the BBC recorded the 1963 version of Under Milk Wood with Richard Burton apparently. I don’t seem to have that one but found this one from 1954. (BBC article about the 1954 version)