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Silence / Sound by Pat Collins and Tadhg O'Sullivan features in
A Closer Listen's Best Field Recording Albums of the Decade
We are delighted to learn that Silence / Sound has been named one of A Closer Listen's field recording & soundscape works of the decade. The list features works by Chris Watson, Kate Carr, Lawrence English and Daniel Blinkhorn amongst others.
Silence / Sound is a collaboration between film-maker Pat Collins and sound designer Tadhg O’Sullivan that presents a unique sonic version of Collins’s 2012 feature film Silence. Paring back what was already a sparse, meditative work, Silence / Sound is an immersive journey through the sonic geography of Eoghan’s route and into the sonic memories that emerge from it. Congratulations to Pat and Tadhg!
You can read the full article here
Silence / Sound is available from the Farpoint Recordings shop
Season's greetings from Farpoint Recordings
A great big thank you all our kind label supporters who purchased our releases and came along to our launch events during 2019. Looking forward to seeing you all again in 2020.
PAUL HEGARTY & MICK O'SHEA - EASY PERFECTION SALAD (CD by Farpoint Recordings)
Reviewing Easy Salad Perfection for Vital Weekly number 1212, Frans de Waard discovers a rewarding listening experience with delicate crossovers between electro-acoustic music and improvisation, with greatly refined interaction between players...
Looking at the large fold-out poster that is cover of the release here, I had the notion of the music being created as part of building the shed-like construction that two men are engaged in. Rumbling with tools, iron objects, mortar and such. Listening to the disc, I would think there are also small synthesizers used in this construction. From Hegarty, we recently encountered a release with Romain Perrot, under the guise of Maginot (and who is a member of Safe) and Mick O'Shea is a member of the Quiet Club (see Vital Weekly 1128) and Strange Attractor. On this CD we find five lengthy pieces, from six to twenty-one minutes in duration, of carefully played improvisations, all recorded at the Cork Artists Collective, Sherkin Island and The Guesthouse in Cork.The instruments are the aforementioned small synthesizers in combination with found objects on the various locations where they recorded their work. At least that's what I assume based on what I heard. In 'Vegetables 1' there is also a bit of voice, and it's perhaps the only piece with more or less continuous sounds, along with 'Vegetables 2'. The other pieces seem to deal with a freer play of sounds, hitting, scratching and plucking along the surface. Sometimes the sound veers towards an inaudible level. Since the whole release is some seventy minutes long it is quite a long ride here. For me, it worked best if I took it in a piece by piece, with the two parts of 'Vegetables' perhaps counting as one piece, also looking at the similarities there. Overall, it is quite demanding on the listener and one needs to exercise full concentration, but it turns out to be quite a rewarding experience, I thought. It is a delicate crossover between electro-acoustic music and improvisation and it is done with great-refined interaction between both players. (FdW)
Easy Perfection Salad is available from the Farpoint Recordings shop now!
A Sound Map of Dún Laoghaire - New Sound and Essay entries on project website
We are pleased to announce new entries to the Field Recordings, Sound Journal and Guest Recordists sections including recordings by Alan Meaney, Diane Barker, Anthony Kelly and a new essay written by Paddy Sammon about James Joyce’s guitar playing. This Sound Journal entry also features live recordings of John Feeley playing Joyce’s restored guitar and Dr. Fran O’Rourke singing Joyce-related songs 'The Lass of Aughrim' and 'Slán le Máigh'.
You can hear and read these new entries at
Viv Corringham - On The Hour In The Woods CD, Wire magazine (Issue 421, March 2019) review
Writing in the March 2019 issue of Wire magazine, Clive Bell finds a musically impressive work ‘that is a fascinating sketchbook of instant responses to a rich sonic environment’
On The Hour In The Woods is available from the Farpoint Recordings shop now!
Easy Perfection Salad
New CD & Launch Event by Paul Hegarty and Mick O’Shea
Plug'd Record Shop, Cork, Sunday 10th March, 7.30pm
Easy Perfection Salad, a new full length CD from Paul Hegarty (Trace, SAFE) and Mick O’Shea (The Quiet Club & Strange Attractor) featuring five tracks recorded live at Sherkin island, The Cork Artists Collective and The Guesthouse, Cork. The CD packaging is presented as a full colour A2 sized fold-out with colour photography by Irene Murphy. First Edition of 500 copies.
CD launch event at Plug'd Records, Cork on Sunday 10th March, 2019 with live sets from Paul Hegarty, Mick O’Shea & Solamh Kelly and with support Suzanne Walsh.
Easy Perfection Salad is available from the Farpoint Recordings shop now!
Christina Kubisch - Voices Of Memory CD, Wire magazine (Issue 421, March 2019) review
Writing in the current issue of Wire magazine, Julien Cowley finds a work that is 'Incantatory and variably accented'...
Voices of Memory is available from the Farpoint Recordings shop now!
sound-art-festival, Gorzów, Poland / 22-24.02.2019
Anthony Kelly and David Stalling will be exhibiting new collaborative sound and video works at Terminal 08 gallery & giving a short presentation about their sound art label, Farpoint Recordings on Friday 22nd February. They will also be doing a live improvised sound performance as part of the festival Performance Night, Saturday 23rd February. All of this happens as part of the Brimborium Sound Art Festival, Gorzów, Poland.
Friday, 22nd February
19:00 – Anthony Kelly i David Stalling – Channel 0 exhibition opening
Terminal08 gallery, ul. Grobla 15 - All welcome to come along
21:00 - Farpoint Recordings presentation (Dublin)
Sejf, ul. Jagiełły 11 / Łaźnia Miejska - All welcome to come along
Saturday, 23rd February
11:00-14:00 - Jo FRGMNT Grys - workshops
15:00-18:00 – Radek Sirko - workshops
MOS, ul. Pomorska 73
16:00-17:00 Farpoint Recordings (Dublin) webcast live DJ set, tracks from recent label releases, Sejf, ul. Jagiełły 11 / Łaźnia Miejska
20:00 – Performace Night - Andrea Lange, Anthony Kelly & David Stalling, Seamus O’Donnell, Jo FRGMNT Grys, Michael Schmacke, Radek Sirko, Mikołaj Tkacz
CKN Centrala, ul. Spichrzowa 1
Sunday, 24th February
11:00-14:00 - Andrea Lange - workshops
15:00-18:00 - Mikołaj Tkacz - workshops
MOS, ul. Pomorska 73
Festival organised with financial support from the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation and Culture Ireland.
Announcing UK and Irish launches of KnowingUnknowing -
a new CD & DVD by Benjamin Dwyer, Helen Kindred and Pete Gomes
Middlesex University, London - January 17th, 2019, 7 - 9pm
Dance Ireland, Dublin - January 25th, 2019, 6 - 8pm
All welcome to come along, hope to see some of you there!
Farpoint Recordings are delighted to announce two launches of KnowingUnknowing, the new CD & DVD by Benjamin Dwyer. The release features music by Benjamin Dwyer, guitar/prepared guitar; Pete Gomes, film; and Helen Kindred, dance. The cover art packaging is a two colour heavy card A5 trifold, printed with metallic ink and containing a twenty page booklet insert with new essays by Dwyer, Gomes and Kindred. The CD & DVD's are mounted to the inside covers. KnowUnknowing marks the first collaboration between Farpoint Recordings and Nathan Somers of Wicklow based graphic design company We Make Visual.
The first launch event in Middlesex University, London will be opened Professor Carole-Anne Upton (Deputy Vice-Chancellor) and includes a Q&A hosted by Paul Cobley. The Dublin launch will be opened by Bernard Clarke from RTÉ lyric fm with a Q&A hosted by Evonne Ferguson from Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin. Both launches will feature a full programme including live performance and film screenings.
CD & DVD available now from the Farpoint shop
New editions for 2019 in the Farpoint Recordings web shop:
On The Hour In The Woods by Viv Corringham
That summer I stayed in a cabin in the woods. Every day, at a different hour, I went outside to record and sing with the sounds I heard there. After 24 days I had covered every hour of day and night and so I stopped.
We are delighted to announce the release of On The Hour In The Woods, a new CD by British singer and soundscape artist Viv Corringham. Viv's work includes performances, installations, radio works and soundwalks. She is interested in exploring people's special relationship with familiar places and how that links to personal history and memory.
This new 24 track CD is presented in trifold eco-pack format with colour photography throughout. There is also a foldout insert with a short note by the artist.
Season's greetings from Farpoint Recordings. We wish to thank all our kind label supporters who purchased our releases and came along to our launch events during 2018. Looking forward to seeing you all again in 2019.
Temple Hill Burial Ground, Blackrock, Co. Dublin: from 1860 to 2018 - Book Launch
Sean McCrum, Doreen Kennedy & Anthony Kelly
Saturday 15th December - 3PM
The Reading Room
48 Main St., Blackrock, Co. Dublin
All are welcome to come along
Temple Hill Burial Ground combines a book and two CDs to explore the unique environment and history of Temple Hill Burial Ground through text, colour photography and sound recording. It features essays and related articles by Sean McCrum. These include an interview with Christopher Nuzum who has worked on revitalising the burial ground for over many years. Doreen Kennedy, photographer, has contributed a series of atmospheric images, reproduced here in full colour. Artist Anthony Kelly visited the burial ground over a three year period exploring its rich sensory environment through sound recording. There are two CDs which are part of the publication. The first features a detailed conversation between Christopher Nuzum and Sean McCrum. The second CD features a composition interweaving voices (including stonemason Michael Roe and Christopher Nuzum) with an evocative series of nature recordings made by Anthony Kelly over a three year period in Temple Hill. This project has been made possible by grants from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Arts Office and Quakers Ireland.
The launch will include a short introduction to the project by Sean McCrum followed by an audio playback by Anthony Kelly featuring some of the sound recordings from the two CDs included in the book.
Book and CDs available now from the Farpoint shop
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RECORD LABELS OF IRELAND (NARLI) RECORD FAIR AND ANNUAL GENERAL MUSIC (AGM) 2018
5PM at IMRO
FRIDAY 7th DECEMBER 2018
All very welcome and admission is free
Call into IMRO Ireland HQ on December 7th from 5pm to see/hear live and recorded work from Diatribe Records, Ergodos, Heresy Records, Raelach Records, DotDotDotMusic, Improvised Music Company, IMRO Ireland and our good selves - Farpoint Recordings. It would be great to see some of you there.
The NARLI Annual General Music brings to the table Ireland's leading independent record labels for a real-time musical discourse about where music is at in Ireland. Right now.
Preceded by a record fair from 5pm showcasing some of the tastiest new Irish releases, the AGM at 7pm will be conducted in sonic form, with speech relegated to the footnotes and the aftershock. Each record company will be represented in live performance, with their music and their images speaking on their behalf, in a discussion chaired by Kenneth Killeen, artistic director of the Improvised Music Company.
The minutes of the meeting will be streamed live and recorded for subsequent release by the NARLI umbrella organisation.
The Quiet Zone - a concert and book launch by Strange Attractor & Farpoint Recordings
in honour of Jed Speare at Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
Boston, Massachusetts, 9th November 2018
Danny McCarthy, Mick O’Shea, Irene Murphy, David Stalling, Anthony Kelly
with guests including EL Putnam, Ernst Karel and Morgan Evans-Weiler.
Farpoint Recordings are proud to be launching re-issues of several of Jed Spears’ artist books at Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Boston this November. The books include On Reading, A Quiet Zone (Toronto), A Quiet Zone (Fitchburg), I Call You and Crushed Buckets. There is also a new essay by David Miller about Speares’ artist books published in booklet format. Produced in an edition of 250 copies these booklets will be given free with purchases of the artist books. Available from the Farpoint Recordings shop soon.
The Quiet Zone is a concert at the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Boston by Irish sound art collective, Strange Attractor, in honour of the late Boston based experimental musician and artist, Jed Speare. The concert is organised by prominent music promoter Non-Event, and coincides with the launch of a posthumous publication of Speare’s work by leading Irish sound art label, Farpoint Recordings. This project is supported by Culture Ireland, Mobius and Non-Event.
The Wounds of Returning - Sound Works II 1974-1983 by Jed Speare is available now from the Farpoint Recordings webshop.
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