Welcome to the new Farpoint Recordings website! We have been busy working away on an easier to navigate and to maintain version of the site. We have streamlined the shopping experience, now offering combined postage for multiple items and a credit card payment facility in addition to PayPal.
NEW EDITIONS COMING SOON!
Earth, Air, Water, Fire: A Poetry Soundscape
New double CD & DL by Paul Kane & Katie O’Looney with images by John Wolseley
A digital reissue of Victor Lazzarini's debut album including an unreleased bonus track
Always The Same, Never The Same
New CD & DL from ensemble 0 - Jean-François Brohée, Sylvain Chauveau & Florent Garnier
Limited edition CD & Book by Benjamin Dwyer & Alison Koehler
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New Release! Announcing Earth, Air, Water, Fire: A Poetry Soundscape - an ambitious new double CD
by Paul Kane & Katie O'Looney - available now from the Farpoint Recordings webshop
Paul Kane and Katie O'Looney present their ambitious collaborative double CD of composed soundscapes and poetry on the Farpoint Recordings label. Katie O’Looney’s soundscapes for Earth, Air, Water, Fire: A Poetry Soundscape are environmental in impulse and inspiration. The verse, while ‘philosophically serious’, is also ‘at times, witty and ludic in tone. Earth, Air, Water, Fire is an extended contemplation on not only the elements of our world—both outer and inner - but also on how that world is called into being and then lived most fully and skilfully. Similarly, the paintings of John Wolseley suggest an energetic spontaneity appropriate to a layering improvisation.
Physical release includes a double CD, 6 panel fold out ecopack with A4 size insert or poster option (let us know which you prefer); a digital version with full artwork pdf is available from the Farpoint Recordings Bandcamp outlet.
Copies available here from the Farpoint Recordings webshop
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Announcing - The return of Strange Attractor
Strange Attractor regroup for a four date tour starting in Berlin and various cities in Poland during November 2023 as part of Anima Mundi 3.
Strange Attractor : Irene Murphy, Mick O’Shea, Danny McCarthy, David Stalling, Anthony Kelly : Tour – Berlin, Szczecin, Gorzów & Poznań. 4 improvised durational performances as part of Anima Mundi 3, 2023 - Venues include Liebig12, Berlin (8.11); Trafo, Szczecin (9.11); Miejski Ośrodek, Gorzów (10.11) and Domie, Poznań (12.11).
More information from venue websites. Supported by Culture Ireland.
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Steve Roden 1964 - 2023
Farpoint Recordings are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Steve Roden. We have been great admirers of his work and were delighted to collaborate with him during 2011 as part of the ongoing Strange Attractor project. Steve contributed sound and writing to the project and we were thrilled to have him as our guest performer at the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland. We became friends over the years and it was our great pleasure to work with Steve developing and releasing the pcahuilcsaigmon album on Farpoint Recordings.
May Steve rest in peace. We offer our heartfelt condolences to his wife Sari, and his family and friends.
Photo by Patricia Klich, left to right - Irene Murphy, David Stalling, Anthony Kelly, Mick O'Shea, Steve Roden, Danny McCarthy; Strange Attractor with Steve Roden, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork 2011.
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New! Adventurous sounds for curious ears - a new limited edition Farpoint Recordings T-Shirt bundled with a free download from the Farpoint Recordings Bandcamp catalogue
Adventurous sounds for curious ears - a limited edition black T-Shirt with silkscreen design on 100% cotton Gildan soft style shirt. Designed by Doreen Kennedy and silkscreened by our friends at Monotype.
One size (Large) available for now, T-Shirt comes bundled with a randomly selected download from the Farpoint Recordings Bandcamp catalogue - all for just 19 euros!
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Sonic Vigil XI: In Your Own Time and Place
3 days of improvised music, film, sound art and movement
Cork Opera House & The Guesthouse, Cork, Ireland
14 - 16 September, 2023
Quiet Music Ensemble
Cork Opera House, 14th September, 8pm
Tickets 10 & 7 euros
The Quiet Club + Cathal Roche, Memory Echo (short film by Andrew Deutsch featuring Pauline Oliver’s)
The Guesthouse, 15th September, 6pm
Tickets 10 euro (including food)
Sonic Vigil with guest David Toop
Cork Opera House, 16th September, 12 - 6pm Free Entry
David Toop, The Quiet Club, Cathal Roche, Karen Power, Quiet Music Ensemble, Danny McCarthy, Mick O’Shea, Irene Murphy, John Godfrey, Imna Pavon, Harry Moore, Vicky Langan, Anthony Kelly, David Stalling, Robin Parmar, Tony Langlois, Seán Taylor, Eimaer Reidy, Katie O’Looney, Anne Marie Decay, Claudia Barton, Andy Ingamells, David Bremner, Billy Kemp, Pierre Berthet + Rie Nakajima
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- New Release! - Available now from the Farpoint Recordings webshop -
Drinking The Stars - an ambitious double CD by John McLachlan
Mary Dullea plays the solo piano music of John McLachlan on a new double CD entitled Drinking the Stars. Spanning his output from the 1990s to today, it showcases his compositional style and how it evolves over that time. The music ranges across splinteringly direct virtuosity, sinewy counterpoint, rich chordal meditation and much else besides; yet we hear unity in the artistic voice. The interplay of sets of terse miniatures, medium sized meditations, and lengthier immersive pieces gives a layered feeling when listened through as a programme. The selection of pieces includes nearly all of McLachlan’s piano compositions intended for the concert stage (as distinct from his pedagogical works).
Mary Dullea’s superb range of tone and mastery of timing are captured clearly and cleanly by Chris Corrigan’s expert engineering, in recordings made in Belfast and Kilkenny. This CD makes it possible to hear many works that have been heard only in live concerts before, by many pianists, scattered across many countries and years, and it is a great place to get an overview of this composer’s musical landscape.
The CD features detailed liner notes by McLachlan and beautiful images by renowned artist Joanna Kidney.
Special CD Bundle offer - Drinking The Stars & First
Take advantage of our special CD bundle offer and get Drinking The Stars along with John’s debut album First for only 25 euros. To avail of this offer please select Drinking The Stars + First under 'Bundle Option' in the Farpoint Recordings webshop.
Prefer Digital? The album is also available as a digital download (with a pdf booklet featuring full liner notes and images) and streaming via Bandcamp.
CD Copies of Drinking The Stars available to purchase here
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- New Release available now in the Farpoint Recordings webshop! -
According To the Moon by Sarah Album & Gayle Young
CD is now available from Farpoint Recordings & Ars Subtilior
Canadian artist Gayle Young's unusual and imaginative approach as composer and musician situates her within a long lineage of maverick experimentalists. Though Young's output does not shy away from more conventional modalities as well, since the 1970's she has variously embraced electronics, graphic/text scores, installation, sophisticated tuning systems outside of equal temperament, the sounds of found objects and natural environments, and - perhaps most notably - instruments of her own invention.
According To The Moon sees Young collaborating with Montréal-based vocalist Sarah Albu, one of Canada's most dedicated and curious performers of contemporary and experimental music. The disc follows another release from last year for Farpoint Recordings & Ars Subtilior As Trees Grow, which featured her piano music performed by Xenia Pestova Bennett and Ed Bennett.
Copies of According To The Moon available to purchase here
For further information on their collaboration, you can read Sarah Albu's article for Musicworks magazine, Gayle Young's Gentle Interventions
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Forthcoming Farpoint Recordings editions for 2023 / 24 includes releases by
John McLachlan, Sarah Albu & Gayle Young, Ensemble 0 (featuring Sylvain Chaveau, Jean-François Brohée & Florent Garnier), Phil Maguire, Joseph Young, Danny McCarthy, Katie O'Looney & Paul Kane, Anthony Kelly & David Stalling, Mick O'Shea, Benjamin Dwyer & Alison Koehler, Harry Moore & Katie O'Looney, Karen Power, Victor Lazzarini.
Drop back soon for more updates!
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Farpoint Recordings wish all our kind supporters seasons greetings and a very happy 2023
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New Release Mixed Circuits by David Bremner - available now!
Rigorous and delicate treatment of four new works... excellently performed and documented... flavours that evoke the machine-like strand in the work of György Ligeti...
Michael Dervan, music critic and Irish Times contributor
David Bremner’s ambitious double CD Mixed Circuits is now available from Farpoint Recordings. Each of the four works on this double-album is a cycle of several short movements or panels, investigating a single impulse: the exploration of a minimal, drone aesthetic through an atonal harmonic fabric of continuous gradual unfolding. Gesture and rhetoric are avoided in favour of a flickering presence, with imperceptible transitions.
Get your copy priced at 16 euros from the Farpoint Recordings webshop
Mixed Circuits is available in CD and digital formats. The double CD version comes as a limited edition 6 panel fold-out eco pack sleeve and a 36 page booklet with extensive liner notes. It is published as a first edition of 500 copies.
The album is also available as a digital download (with a pdf booklet of the full album artwork featuring images, poems & liner notes) via Bandcamp, Apple Music and Spotify.
Album launch, The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, 12pm on Sunday December 11th, 2022
Mixed Circuits, David Bremner's portrait album will be launched at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin as part of the Sundays @ Noon series, at 12pm on Sunday December 11th, 2022.
The launch will consist of concert performances by Andreea Banciu (viola), Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano), Paul Roe (clarinet) and Izumi Kimura (piano) of some of the music from Mixed Circuits. This launch programme presents the world premiere of the most recent work on the album, Possible Vignettes, and an excerpt from Bremner’s 2014 song-cycle Logical Fallacies for soprano and viola on texts by Irish poet Billy Mills.
All are welcome to come along, hope to see some of you there!
Copies of the album are now available in the Farpoint Recordings webshop for just 16 euros
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New Release Amnestic Continuum by Arash Akbari - available now from Farpoint Recordings
Amnestic Continuum is a concept album and a multidisciplinary project that utilises data sonification, data visualisation, and literature to critique the hidden external effects of the increasing hegemony of computation and automation on life on earth.
Copies are now available from the Farpoint Recordings webshop for just 15 euros
Amnestic Continuum is available in CD and digital formats. The CD version comes as a limited edition 32 page book featuring a ten track CD, images by Arash Akbari and poems by Christopher Doherty-Ingram. It is published as a hand-numbered first edition of 300 copies and available from the Farpoint Recordings webshop
Amnestic Continuum is also available as a digital download (with audio & pdf booklet featuring images by Arash Akbari and poems by Christopher Doherty-Ingram) from the Farpoint Recordings Bandcamp page
Watch a short video work for the track No Life Worse Lived in the player above.
The video features ambisonic audio and can be experienced using headphones with or without VR headsets.
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- Coming soon from Farpoint Recordings -
Mixed Circuits by David Bremner - New double CD and album launch at Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin
On December 11th, 2022, David Bremner’s double album Mixed Circuits will be released through Farpoint Recordings. The double CD features various chamber music combinations of four stellar performers: Andreea Banciu (viola), Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano), Paul Roe (clarinet) and Izumi Kimura (piano). Included are two song-cycles, with texts by Bremner’s long-standing collaborator Billy Mills, and Rosmarie Waldrop.
The album will be launched at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin as part of the Sundays @ Noon series, at 12pm on Sunday December 11th, 2022. The launch will consist of concert performances of some of the music from the album. All are welcome to come along.
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Out Now - Invisible Resistances by Izumi Kimura & Cora Venus Lunny
It might not give itself up entirely easily, but the most interesting music rarely does... richly rewarding.
Ian Patterson, All About Jazz
The empathy between the pair is astounding, and the breadth of the exploration a delight.
Alan O'Riordan, The Irish Examiner
We are delighted to announce the latest release from Izumi Kimura & Cora Venus Lunny. Invisible Resistances is a new CD of improvised explorations featuring piano by Izumi Kimura and violin & viola by Cora Venus Lunny - nine dazzling improvisations that further push the dialogue between these two performers creating new sonic experiences that are intimate, yet bold and elemental.
Available now for only 14 euros from the Farpoint Recordings webshop
Published in a first edition of 500 copies, the Invisible Resistances CD comes as a full colour 4 panel eco-pack gatefold sleeve and insert sheet featuring photography by Doreen Kennedy and Anthony Kelly. The insert is available in two versions – folded and included inside the CD sleeve, or flat, as a limited edition A4 size poster.
Take advantage of our bundle offers and get the Invisible Resistances CD along with 2021’s critically acclaimed Folding album on CD or Vinyl. Options include Invisible Resistances CD & Folding Vinyl for €30.00 and Invisible Resistances CD & Folding CD for €26.00
You can purchase your bundle offer from the Farpoint Recordings webshop
Invisible Resistances is also available as a download from the Farpoint Recordings Bandcamp page
You can read Ian Patterson's (All About Jazz) review of Invisible Resistances here
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Out Now! As the quiet crow flies - The Quiet Club + crOw - new expanded edition
A digital reissue of The Quiet Club + crOw 2016 release As the quiet crow flies, now with a new 24 minute extra track along with redesigned and expanded artwork.
The confluence of one of 2015’s worst storms, a consequently stranded singer and postponed sound-check, and proximity to the home of Mr Roche resulted in the whiling away of an unexpectedly free evening in each other’s good company. Much listening and some making of sounds resulted in As the quiet crow flies.
Quietly...The Quiet Club + crOw reconvened and recorded a session at Library House, Dean Street, Cork on 15th October 2016 in advance of a national tour, now included in this expanded version of the original album. As the quiet crow flies is the result of a collaboration between two of Ireland’s most innovative duos – The Quiet Club (Danny McCarthy & Mick O'Shea) and crOw (Ian Wilson & Cathal Roche).
Digital - Available from the Farpoint Recordings Bandcamp page
Physical - Copies of the original CD version of this album are available from the Farpoint Recordings webshop
CD purchase includes a free download of this expanded digital edition!
... the quiet and understated music in these grooves ... is a slow and thoughtful exploration of sonic interplays and long tones…the listener can’t help but hear echoes of weather and oceans (and the cries of seagulls) in these abstract sounds. This may indicate that these players, unlike some more recondite EAI players, have not lost sight of some basic truths which help to root their work in the real world, and they’re not afraid to tell stories in their music. This is refreshing; one gets tired of all that non-associative music, which often ends up blank and empty, and As the quiet crow flies is bound to connect to any human being who has travelled overseas, gone for a solitary walk on the hills, or even simply gone outside.
Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector
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ARTISTS FOR PEACE
Farpoint Recordings has created a new twenty-four track digital album to help raise humanitarian aid for the people of Ukraine, bringing together artists associated with the Farpoint Recordings label. All proceeds from this unique twenty-four track digital album go to UNICEF and the Irish Red Cross.
Priced at just just 10 euros, the collection is now available
from the Farpoint Recordings Bandcamp page
The album features contributions from leading Irish and international artists including:
Christina Kubisch, The Quiet Club, Danny McCarthy, Mick O’Shea, John McLachlan, Rosa Arrutti aka Nad Spiro, Schirin Nowrousian, Anthony Kelly, David Stalling, Benjamin Dwyer, Karen Power, Harry Moore, Fergus Kelly, Quiet Music Ensemble, John Godfrey, Izumi Kimura, Cora Venus Lunny, Joseph Young, Greystones Orchestra, Ian Wilson, Jennifer Walshe aka Freya Birren, Viv Corringham, Katie O’Looney, Paul Kane, Linda O’Keeffe, David Toop, Strange Attractor, Stephen Vitiello, Doreen Kennedy and Seán McCrum
The audio is accompanied by a specially designed thirty-two page digital booklet containing track-listings, artist information, photography and a short essay about peace by Seán McCrum.
Help support those affected by the conflict in Ukraine by purchasing this unique collection of contemporary sound and music. The album costs just 10 euros from the Farpoint Recordings Bandcamp page
...a wonderful new 24 track digital compilation album from Dublin's Farpoint Recordings
Electronic Sound magazine
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Farpoint Recordings & Ars Subtilior are delighted to announce the release of As Trees Grow by Gayle Young. Microtonal recordings of frozen waterfalls, truffle mycelia, fruiting trees in Umbria, ephemeral spring wildflowers in Canada: join us on a journey across a rich tapestry of music for piano and electronics by the radical Canadian composer, instrument designer and sound artist Gayle Young.
Collaboration is at the heart of this recording. As Trees Grow was composed during a residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in 2014, where Young met fellow resident composer Ed Bennett and pianist Xenia Pestova Bennett. This fateful meeting resulted in Pestova Bennett’s premiere of As Trees Grow at Café Oto (London) with live-electronic treatments by Ed Bennett. Electronic processing was created by Bennett in collaboration with Young in the days before the premiere, as the three collaborators worked on enhancing the piano’s resonance in sections of the piece.
You can purchase your copy of As Trees Grow by Gayle Young by clicking here
As Trees Grow was launched at Sonorities Festival, Belfast, 6th April, 2022 with a special pre-concert talk at 5.30pm. Local wild food foraging expert Clare McQuillan (Feasting on Weeds) joined Bangor-based pianist Xenia Pestova Bennett and Canadian composer, instrument designer and sound artist Gayle Young in conversation about edible plants and our relationship with the environment.
A video stream of the As Trees Grow Sonorities Festival Concert and Talk event can be viewed here
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Concert Event! Quiet Music Ensemble and Karen Power
Quiet Music Ensemble are in the US for a tour with Karen Power's 'sonic pollinators'
Quiet Music Ensemble and Karen Power
Thurs 7 April, The Roulette Brooklyn NYC as part of the Interpretations Series
Irish composer Karen Power will preside over two recent works, the US premiere of sonic pollinators, a work pairing Irish pollinators with a unique trio from Quiet Music Ensemble; and loaded silence for piano and Arctic ice to be performed by pianist Isabelle O’Connell.
Quiet Music Ensemble and Karen Power
Tues 12 April, Other Minds San Francisco
Power will present her 14-channel sound installation sounds like the amazon… - a tapestry of field recordings from her trip to the Amazon rainforest in July of 2016. The installation brings the sounds, rhythms, and harmonies of the Amazon to a concert setting to explore how one reacts to those natural characteristics when they are presented in human-made spaces.
Also on the program, works from Power’s Human Nature Series (2020) performed by guitarist and founder of Ireland’s Quiet Music Ensemble, John Godfrey. Human Nature Series is a collection of 18 miniature duos between human-induced sound and un-processed field recordings captured by the composer over the past decade. Godfrey will be performing pieces Nos. 8 and 19, featuring field recordings of bats in Namibia and sea caves off the coast of Beara, Ireland respectively.
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New Release! SacrumProfanum by Benjamin Dwyer
CD with wraparound cover & 48 page book now available from the Farpoint Recordings webshop
...constantly reaches out to the listener...positively enthralling... James Camien McGuiggan, Journal Of Music
Farpoint Recordings are delighted to announce the release of SacrumProfanum, the new CD from Benjamin Dwyer.
Situating the Sheela-na-gig as witness to Ireland's colonial, religious and cultural histories, SacrumProfanum features Garth Knox, Siobhan Armstrong, Emma Coulthard and Benjamin Dwyer. A ten-year project finally comes into fruition. The album features Garth Knox (viola), Siobhán Armstrong (medieval Irish harp, voice, & narration), Emma Coulthard (flutes), Benjamin Dwyer (bowed guitar). The CD is presented in an A5 size wraparound sleeve along with a 48 page book containing an essay, drawings and photographs by Benjamin Dwyer.
The World Premiere of Benjamin Dwyers latest composition SacrumProfanum takes place in Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, on 20 February alongside the launch of the CD with Farpoint Recordings.
Special Bundle Offer! SacrumProfanum & KnowingUnknowing bundle
Take advantage of our special bundle offer and get Benjamin's previous Farpoint Recordings release, KnowingUnknowing (CD & DVD), and SacrumProfanum (CD & Book), for only 25 euros.
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Available now! Elemental Machinery coloured vinyl LP by David Stalling
We are delighted to announce the coloured 180gm LP vinyl version of Elemental Machinery by David Stalling is now available from the Farpoint Recordings webshop. Priced at 20 euros, the turquoise coloured transparent 180 gm Vinyl LP is housed in a heavy card cover featuring stunning star photography taken near the observatory by Antonio Martin Carillo. The full colour printed liner bag contains a sleeve note by EL Putnam. The LP comes with a Digital Download token. A CD version featuring a 6 panel eco pack with sleeve notes is also available for 14 euros. LP & CD bundle options available for 30 euros.
Bernard Clarke from RTE LyricFM has described the album as - sound design at its very best...meant to slip unnoticed into our subconscious until it turns us inside out, and we become this giant imaginative soundtrack streaming across the cosmos.
To purchase your copy please click here
Elemental Machinery is an album of new work by composer and sound artist David Stalling, featuring field recordings, string instruments and electronics. The carefully crafted music responds to a series of field recordings of telescopic machinery, taken by the artist during a residency at the Teide astrophysical observatory on the Canary Islands in 2017, offering a meditative encounter with the sound worlds of these technological sites.
The Elemental Machinery turquoise coloured transparent 180 gram Vinyl LP is housed in a heavy card cover featuring stunning star photography taken near the observatory by Antonio Martin Carillo. The printed liner bag contains a sleeve note by EL Putnam. The LP comes with a Digital Download token and the CD version is a fold-out 6 panel eco-pack format. LP & CD can be ordered separately, or as a bundle for just €30.
Elemental Machinery LP's and CD's are available to purchase here
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Forthcoming Release! SacrumProfanum by Benjamin Dwyer
CD release and launch event - February 20th, 2022
Farpoint Recordings are delighted to announce the release of SacrumProfanum, the new CD from Benjamin Dwyer. The album features Garth Knox (viola), Siobhán Armstrong (medieval Irish harp, voice, & narration), Emma Coulthard (flutes), Benjamin Dwyer (bowed guitar). The CD is presented in an A5 size fold out sleeve along with a 48 page book containing an essay, drawings and photographs by Benjamin Dwyer.
For more information about the launch event please visit www.benjamindwyer.com
SacrumProfanum by Benjamin Dwyer will be available soon from the Farpoint Recordings webshop
Farpoint Recordings releases 2021
…two random sets of sounds delivers a most beautiful set of music Frans de Waard Vital Weekly Number 1308, Week 44 - The Telepathic Lockdown Tapes by The Quiet Club - Cassette tape and DL
...beautifully and tightly integrated, each blurring into the other, and we're quickly unaware as to where the music ends and this world of sound begins. David Stalling has matched the qualities of the music to the qualities of the space and light of the original installation Bernard Clarke, RTE LyricFM - Elemental Machinery, David Stalling - LP, CD & DL
...spectacularly imagined...performances of complete command Colin Clarke, Fanfare magazine - Echoes and Shadows by Ian Wilson - CD & DL
Startlingly beautiful...Folding is a record for open ears, an imaginative, expertly-crafted elision of free music and ambient recording that challenges conventional divisions between intended and unintended sound, and asks the listener to notice the beauty in the everyday Cormac Larkin, Irish Times - 4/5 An Irish Times album of the year 2021 - Folding by Izumi Kimura, Cora Venus Lunny & Anthony Kelly - LP, CD & DL
...[First] forms a persuasive calling card for a composer with a strong technique capable of sculpting a compelling argument from his chosen material... Mark Fitzgerald, Journal of Music First by John McLachlan - CD & DL
LP's, CD's and Cassette Tapes available from the Farpoint Recordings webshop!
Many thanks to Vital weekly & Frans de Waard for this review of The Quiet Club's recent release...
THE QUIET CLUB - THE TELEPATHIC LOCKDOWN TAPES (cassette by Farpoint Recordings)
For an improvising unit, such as The Quiet Club, the 2020 lockdown was a terrible thing (well, for all of us, I guess), and instead of breaking the rules and meeting up in secret, they also dispensed with the idea of using online programmes to chat and play music. Instead, they performed music in their studios, 20 kilometres apart at a given time of day. Each session was to be 20 minutes, and hence you have eight times 20 minutes of 'The Telepathic Lockdown Tapes'. You could opt for an all-Zen approach here and play these tapes in one long stretch. I'd recommend taking a similar Zen-like approach in listening; zone in and out, go with the flow of the music. Go inside without too many ideas about the music, just as the musicians go in without any preconceived plan. For their music, this always works fine, and as such, it is a delight to say that meeting up is no requirement to deliver the goods fully. It might very well be the nature of their music that allows them the freedom to explore sound and structures, but sticking together two random sets of sounds delivers a most beautiful set of music.
Frans de Waard Vital Weekly Number 1308, Week 44
You can read the full review here
To purchase your cassette tape (including 8 track download token) please click here
Album also available as an eight track download (including a pdf booklet) from Farpoint Recordings Bandcamp page
photo credit: The Quiet Club by Jessica Todd
New Arrival! Aerial/Sparks coloured vinyl LP now available from the Farpoint Recordings shop
Farpoint Recordings are pleased to make available this special limited edition blue vinyl 180 gram LP, gatefold sleeve, inner sleeve and printed insert commemorating the Aerial/Sparks project.
The Aerial/Sparks LP features nine tracks by the participating artists including Ailís Ní Ríain, Kevin Barry, David Stalling, Kennedy Browne, Robertina Šebjanič, Carol Anne Connolly, Magz Hall, Louise Manifold, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and a printed essay by Megs Morley.
Aerial/Sparks was developed and produced by artist Louise Manifold. Commissioned by Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, the project took place over six years, culminating in Spring 2021. The core concept, utilising sound to explore and connect with our relationship to the ocean, included an artist residency programme on board the Marine Institute’s RV Celtic Explorer, a multi-venue exhibition on Inis Oírr, a collection of conversations as part of the Ars Electronica Festival 2020, and a radio broadcast.
Limited stock available, you can purchase your copy here
New Release! The Telepathic Lockdown Tapes 1 - 8 by The Quiet Club is now available from our webshop
The package includes four twenty minute tracks on cassette tape, and all eight tracks via download token
: : : Congratulations to Danny McCarthy and Mick O'Shea / The Quiet Club on winning the IndieCork Music Award 2021! : : :
...it is fascinating how light both performers’ touches are. It would be easy to imagine a situation in which this work becomes a constant stream of sounds as each, performing by themselves, fill in imagined gaps. But yet both performers’ stream of consciousness occasionally share moments of stillness that can be really quite beautiful.
Anna Murray, Journal Of Music
Have you one hundred and sixty minutes of listening time available for The Quiet Club?
That's good. This release is just for you.
Sixteen solitary telepathic sonic visions - fused together in magnetic tape...
Making: Eight tracks at Twenty minutes each.
A folding box.
A metaphysical poem.
Some (Four) photographic cards with special messages.
Here then, Eight tracks presented to you via the audio magic of cassette tape
and digital download uncanniness:
Four on cassette tape, Four more to download at your pleasant convenience
- The Telepathic Lockdown Tapes by The Quiet Club -
To purchase your cassette tape (including 8 track download token) please click here
Album is also available as an eight track download (including a pdf booklet) from Farpoint Recordings on Bandcamp
Live Performance launch of The Telepathic Lockdown Tapes / IndieCork Festival
The Guesthouse, Cork, Ireland
Friday 24th September 7.30 pm
In the spirit of The Telepathic Lockdown Tapes, The Quiet Club (Danny McCarthy & Mick O'Shea) will perform live at the Guesthouse, Cork, each performer playing in a separate room. The piece will be filmed, recorded and mixed live, with the creative input of Eavan Aitkins, artist in residence, Guesthouse, Cork. The performance launch is featured as part of this years IndieCork Festival.
For more information please visit the IndieCork website
Out Now! Echoes and Shadows / music for violins by Ian Wilson is now available from our webshop!
spectacularly imagined...performances of complete command - Colin Clarke, Fanfare magazine
The violin has been central to Ian Wilson’s compositional output over the past 30 years – he has written four concertos, a violin quartet, a violin trio, a violin duo and many solos and duos with piano, as well as two substantial music theatre works for violinist. Echoes and Shadows, the new CD by Ian Wilson released through Farpoint Recordings features three works for violins from the past two decades: a quartet, a duo and a new solo. The quartet was recorded in The MAC, Belfast, and the duo and solo in the cellar of a Serbian winery which has a fantastic acoustic. Almost all of the performers on the album are long-time collaborators with the composer.
Copies of Echoes and Shadows are available for just 12 euros from the Farpoint Recordings webshop
Digital download including audio and artwork pdf booklet available from Farpoint Recordings Bandcamp
Sound Out with Ian McGlyn, RTE LyricFM
Many thanks to Ian McGlyn for featuring Folding by Izumi Kimura, Cora Venus Lunny & Anthony Kelly during his Sound Out programme on RTE LyricFM. This edition of Sound Out also features Mozart sonatas for violin and piano. You can listen here
Cormac Larkin reviews Folding in The Irish Times
Writing in the Irish Times, Cormac Larkin finds a record for open ears, asking the listener to notice the beauty in the everyday...
Kimura, Lunny and Kelly: Folding review – startlingly beautiful 4/5
Long after abstraction in visual culture has become mundane, music that has no formal or discernible structure remains alien and unsettling to all but the most open of ear. Folding is a record for those open ears, an imaginative, expertly-crafted elision of free music and ambient recording that challenges conventional divisions between intended and unintended sound, and asks the listener to notice the beauty in the everyday.
The album grew out of Izumi Kimura’s residency with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in 2019, in which the Japanese-born pianist, a long-time Irish resident, explored the relationship between her own music making and the everyday sounds of Dún Laoghaire. As collaborators, the restless, ever-curious Kimura called on her free improv partner, violinist Cora Venus Lunny, and sound artist Anthony Kelly, co-creator of the wonderful sound map of Dún Laoghaire.
For Kelly, there is music in the water lapping on Killiney beach, a fog horn blowing at the end of the east pier, even the roar of a jet passing over Deansgrange cemetery at night. Kimura and Lunny respond to these meticulously captured soundscapes with the sensitivity and inventiveness of musicians who are seasoned explorers of the less-visited uplands of improvisation, with the technical skills to follow where their ears lead, and the patience and humility to allow the music to unfold organically. The results are startlingly beautiful.
Cormac Larkin, Irish Times, 16th July 2021
Out Now! Folding, the new LP & CD by Izumi Kimura, Cora Venus Lunny & Anthony Kelly is available from the Farpoint Recordings webshop!
Folding, is the new Vinyl LP and CD of collective compositions featuring piano by Izumi Kimura, violin & viola by Cora Venus Lunny and field recordings by Anthony Kelly. The wonderfully nuanced music of Izumi Kimura and Cora Venus Lunny fold with immersive field recordings by sound artist Anthony Kelly to form a sonically rich response to the coastal townlands of Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland.
The Folding sepia tinted clear Vinyl LP is housed in a black liner bag and comes with a full colour four page booklet featuring photography and artist notes. Download token contains album tracks plus an extra track not included on the Vinyl LP. First edition of 300 copies.
To purchase your copy just click here
These new studio renderings offer vibrant, deeper explorations of ideas generated during the artists time on Kimura's DLR Musician in Residence scheme at dlr LexIcon, discovering connections between environmental and musical sounds through improvisation and composition. Song birds, snowstorms, bees, thunder and rain, a zephyr gently moving dried leaves, and other sounds feature prominently, reflecting the rich sonic environment of Dún Laoghaire. These new versions retain much of the rawness and absorbing qualities that audiences heard in live performances. With strong roots in improvised music, field recording and sound art, these collaborators play to their collective strengths in tracks such as Storm Emma and Dry Leaves.
While these collective compositions draw into the lived-experience and eco-acoustics of Dún Laoghaire, they also aim to evoke universally shared experiences. The listener is taken on a sonic journey of discovery, all the time building to a climactic end point, the notes suddenly fall away to a heightened experience of everyday sounds, as a clear new landscape opens out ahead.
The CD version of Folding is a special thing in itself. It comes as a 6 panel eco-pack format and includes an extra track not featured on the Vinyl LP. There is also a folded insert sheet with colour photography and artist notes to complete the package. First edition of 500 copies.
LP & CD can be ordered separately, or as a bundle for just €30. To place your order, just click here
This project has been made possible with kind support from Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, The Arts Council of Ireland and Music Network.
You can hear a preview track from the Folding LP and CD in the Listen section of our website
Ian Patterson reviews Folding for All About Jazz
Ian Patterson from All About Jazz discovers haunting narratives...folding into one another with inevitable, graceful gravity...
Inspired by environmental sounds in the townlands surrounding Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Folding brings together Irish sound artist Anthony Kelly and two of Ireland's preeminent contemporary musicians, Yokohama-born pianist Izumi Kimura and violinist Cora Venus Lunny, reunited here following their memorable performance at Improvised Music Company's Ban Bam festival in 2017. The song titles reflect the bucolic nature of this project, though there is plenty of passion in Kimura and Lunny's interplay. With his pristine recordings of the sea, wind, leaves, rain, thunder, bees and birds, Kelly constructs a vividly immersive experience that is lent wings by Kimura and Lunny's sympathetic and intuitive responses.
You can read the full review here
Farpoint Recordings Summer Sale!
We're running a flash sale with 25% off almost everything in our catalogue from now until midnight, Wednesday 30th June. It's a great opportunity to build your collection of LPs, CDs, & Books by Irish and International artists from the Farpoint Recordings label...
Simply use the code fpsummer25 at the till to avail of some great titles!
The Quiet Club : : : The Telepathic Lockdown Tapes 1 - 8 . . . new release coming soon
A new recording from The Quiet Club (Danny McCarthy and Mick O’Shea) has just gone out for manufacture and is scheduled for autumn release. The cassette tape album, titled The Telepathic Lockdown Tapes contains tracks 1- 4 plus a set of photo cards, while tracks 1 - 8 and an album artwork booklet will be available via a download token included with the cassette tape package. It will also be available from the Farpoint Recordings Bandcamp page.
Drop back soon for more information!
First by John McLachlan features on Geography of Sound - 03.05.2021
Tune in after midnight to broadcaster Luís Tinoco’s Geography of Sound programme and hear tracks from First, the new CD by John McLachlan...
Listen in here at 24h: https://www.rtp.pt/antena2/
Streaming afterwards: https://www.rtp.pt/play/p285/geografia-dos-sons
This edition of Geography of Sound is also dedicated to the work of Param Vir. Our thanks to Luis and his programme for his kind support.
Copies of First are now available for 12 euros from the Farpoint Recordings shop
Out Now! First, a new CD by John McLachlan is available from the Farpoint Recordings webshop
Farpoint Recordings are delighted to announce the release of First, a new CD of works by composer John McLachlan. First will launch alongside New Music Dublin where John is premiering a newly commissioned work.
Farpoint Recordings are delighted to announce the release of First, a new CD of works by composer John McLachlan. First will launch alongside New Music Dublin where John has a world premiere: Headland, for 7 players and tape, being performed by Evlana. It is a New Music Dublin commission.
First includes the compositions Incunabula, Aurora and Golden Circle amongst others, and is packaged in a heavy card gatefold sleeve with colour photography throughout. There is also a 12 page booklet featuring extensive notes on the pieces. First was produced with the support of Donegal County Council and a bursary from Creative Ireland.
John’s new work Headland will have its world premiere at 2.30 pm on Friday 23rd April at New Music Dublin. The festival continues until Monday 26th April 2021.
The festival is free and on-line this year. See https://www.newmusicdublin.ie/evlana-presents-constellations-1
Copies of First are now available for 12 euros from the Farpoint Recordings shop
Farpoint Spring Promotion!
During the months of March and April we are offering a Buy-2-Get-1-Free sales promotion on almost all of our of catalogue. Just enter the following promo code when checking out your purchase: farpoint-spring-2021
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Folding by Izumi Kimura, Cora Venus Lunny, Anthony Kelly
Available 1st July 2021 from farpointrecordings.com
Announcing Folding, a new vinyl LP and CD of collective compositions featuring piano by Izumi Kimura, violin by Cora Venus Lunny and field recordings by Anthony Kelly. The wonderfully nuanced playing of Izumi Kimura & Cora Venus Lunny and immersive field recordings by Anthony Kelly form a sonically rich response to the coastal townlands of Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland.
Folding will be available in a number of formats including coloured Vinyl LP with a full colour booklet and download, a 6 panel eco-pack CD with extra track and insert sheet, and various digital platforms including Bandcamp and iTunes.
Project supported by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, The Arts Council of Ireland and Music Network.
Finding a Voice 2021 - fourth edition
Izumi & Cora will perform as a duo on Sunday, 7th March, 1.00pm, as part of this year's concert series.
For further details and booking, visit www.findingavoice.ie
Out Now! Memorialising the Sacred - sound recordings from Loutró and Anópoli, Crete
by Anthony Kelly and David Stalling
Memorialising the Sacred is a special edition CD by artists Anthony Kelly & David Stalling featuring sound recordings from Sfakiá, south-west Crete. The hour-long audio composition is interspersed with recordings of short descriptive passages by Greek culture expert Paddy Sammon. The packaging features black and white images by curator and photographer Seán McCrum and an insert featuring notes on the sound recordings by the artists.
This special edition CD of Memorialising the Sacred is available from the Farpoint Recordings webshop
There is also a book and CD version of Memorialising the Sacred available here
New editions from Farpoint Recordings during 2021
We have a number of new releases planned for 2021 including Elemental Machinery by David Stalling; The Telepathic Lockdown Tapes by The Quiet Club (Danny McCarthy & Mick O’Shea); First by John McLachlan; Folding by Izumi Kimura, Cora Venus Lunny & Anthony Kelly; Echoes and Shadows by Ian Wilson; Memorialising the Sacred by Anthony Kelly, Seán McCrum, Paddy Sammon and David Stalling; Amnestic Continuum by Arash Akbari and more to be announced. Formats include cassette tape, CD, Download and Vinyl.
Please drop back soon for more updates…
Voices Inside by Victor Lazzarini
Every now and then we enjoy a dive into the Farpoint Recordings back catalogue highlighting one of our previous releases...
Voices Inside comprises the debut CD release of electroacoustic and live-electronic works by Irish based Brazillian composer Victor Lazzarini published through Farpoint Recordings. The album contains a variety of music, ranging from vocal explorations to a jazz-inspired eulogy to John Coltrane. These works portray, mosaic-like, the eclectic nature of Lazzarini's compositions, a meeting point of various musical streams and interests; the contemporary and the ancient, the technological and the primeval.
The album was launched back in 2006 at an event in the Goethe-Institut, Dublin when Victor Lazzarini gave an introductory talk about the project. This was followed by a well received short multi-channel sound diffusion concert showcasing versions of a number of tracks on the album. The CD packaging comprises a refreshingly direct four page booklet design for clear jewel case featuring black and white photography by Doreen Kennedy.
Copies of Voices Inside are available from the Farpoint Recordings shop
Over the last couple of years we have published numerous soft cover and hardback books. These include Beyond Silence: A Bell Rings in an Empty Sky and Listen hEar by Danny McCarthy; Strange Attractor with contributions from David Toop, Claire Healy, Steve Roden & Dawn Williams; Unknown Point by David Stalling & Anthony Kelly; On Reading & A Quiet Zone (Toronto & Fitchburg) by Jed Speare; Ziryabs Gnu by Schirin Nowrousian; Temple Hill Burial Ground by Sean McCrum, Doreen Kennedy & Anthony Kelly and many other books & pamphlets. We also distribute titles including Site of Sound (Errant Bodies Press) and Performance Art in Ireland (Intellect & LADA).
These publications and many others are available from the Farpoint Recordings shop
THE QUIET CLUB & STEPHEN VITIELLO - BLACK IRIS (CD by Farpoint Recordings)
Frans de Waard of Vital Weekly finds a refreshingly 'direct in your face approach' to Black Iris by The Quiet Club and Stephen Vitiello, resulting in a fine disc with just the right running time...
The Irish duo of Danny McCarthy and Mick O'Shea, also known as The Quiet Club did a residency at the Rauschenberg Foundation in 2016. The first release from that was 'No Meat No Bone' (Vital Weekly 1128) and now there is a release they recorded in concert with Stephen Vitiello towards the end of the residency at the Black Iris Gallery and Studio; hence the title. There is a picture of the concert on the inside of the cover and although not a very clear picture, I would think this is something that involves lots of small objects being amplified, electronics, guitars and the odd laptop. I believe this is a recording made with a microphone in the gallery and there is some additional hiss in this recording. It gives some more edge to the recording. Over the course of thirty-five minutes the three men improvise, not so quietly I must say, with all that is at their disposal. It is, perhaps, not your usual improvisational music. There are small synthesizers used, bumping on objects and guitars being processed on the spot. There is a fine interaction between these players and they can go for a bit of quiet introspection if they want to. Just as easily they up the volume and add a bit of a noise element to the music. The addition of spoken word (from shortwave radio, I assume) is an unexpected but fine addition to this. Overall there is a direct in your face approach here, both in the way the material is played by them as well as with the recording itself. That results in a fine disc, but also one that at this length is just enough for me.
(FdW) Vital Weekly, Number 1218, Week 5, 2020
Black Iris is available in two different artwork formats from the Farpoint Recordings shop
Have you checked out the new Listen section on the Farpoint Recordings website yet?
It’s a great way to hear and sample tracks from our artist releases. We’ll be adding more tracks for you to hear as we continue our release schedule over the next while.
The Listen section includes works by Danny McCarthy, Viv Corringham, Benjamin Dwyer, Paul Hegarty and Mick O’Shea, Stephen Vitiello, Pat Collins and Tadhg O’Sullivan, Christina Kubisch, Fergus Kelly, The Quiet Club, Steve Roden, Paul Kane and Katie O’Looney, Jennifer Walshe and Strange Attractor amongst many others.
John Eyles, writing for All About Jazz commends Benjamin Dwyer, Pete Gomes & Helen Kindred; Farpoint Recordings and graphic designer Nathan Somers of We Make Visual in his review of KnowingUnknowing...
The Dublin-based label Farpoint Recordings always takes great pride in its releases, lavishing time and love on their artwork, packaging, documentation and quality control. Never has that been truer than on KnowingUnknowing by guitarist-composer-writer Benjamin Dwyer, dancer Helen Kindred and film-maker Pete Gomes. In addition to its impressive artwork by graphic designer Nathan Somers, the sleeve also contains a thirteen-page academic paper by Dwyer as well as two pages each from Kindred and Gomes, all three being linked academically to Middlesex University London. While these writings are certainly enlightening about the work, some music enthusiasts may find slightly more documentation here than they are used to.
However, inside the sleeve there are also two discs, a seventy-five-minute CD of Dwyer acoustic guitar performances of seven pieces by other composers and three by himself, and a twenty-eight-minute monochrome DVD of Kindred dancing to an improvised Dwyer performance of his "KnowingUnknowing" composition, filmed by Gomes; an excerpt from the film can be seen on YouTube.
Altogether, the CD tracks and DVD show Dwyer to be an outstanding and inventive guitarist; whether playing another composer's score, improvising on another's piece or on his own, his fluid playing breathes life into his instrument so it produces a full rich sound which makes the music come alive and sing. Dwyer's occasional use of preparations and extended playing techniques, exemplified on the clip, are integrated with his conventional playing so they never feel like bolt-ons but a natural part of the whole. It is not difficult to hear why renowned bassist Barry Guy recruited Dwyer to his large international ensemble Blue Shroud Band, with whom he has recorded three albums.
The combination of Dwyer's music and Kindred's dance, both improvised, is firmly in the tradition of such innovative work as that by British guitarist Derek Bailey and Japanese dancer Min Tanaka in 1993 (which is still viewable on YouTube). However, in terms of combining music with dance, Dwyer and Kindred are undoubtedly at the cutting edge; the three-part "KnowingUnknowing," which they began developing in 2016, is a quantum leap up from anything that Bailey and Tanaka produced or envisaged.
Particularly fascinating is the enthralling nine-minute opening piece on the DVD, in which Dwyer and Kindred both perform blindfolded, thus underlining how in touch he is with his guitar, and she with her body and the performance space. Throughout, he is clearly mindful of her, as he noticeably ensures there is some form of pulse present in his guitar playing. Together, Dwyer and Kindred make the combination of music and dance seem unavoidably obvious, as each enhances the other in a perfect symbiosis. After repeatedly enjoying the contents of both discs here, only one reaction is possible: More soon, please!
Vist the Listen section on the Farpoint Recordings website to hear tracks from this release
KnowingUnknowing is available from the Farpoint Recordings shop
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)
You can hear tracks from this CD in the Listen section of the Farpoint Recordings website
Easy Perfection Salad is available from the Farpoint Recordings shop now!
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RECORD LABELS OF IRELAND (NARLI)
RECORD FAIR AND ANNUAL GENERAL MUSIC (AGM) 2019
Friday 11th October - Record Fair 6pm, Live Performance 7.30pm
IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2, Ireland
Free Admission, all welcome to come along
The National Association of Record Labels of Ireland (NARLI) was formed in 2016 with the aim of furthering independent music in Ireland and forging cooperation between the labels involved in its production.
The Annual General Music (AGM) is a yearly sonic meeting of all partner labels, now open to the public, taking the form of a record fair followed by a collaborative live performance from artists represented across the combined catalogues - the ‘Minutes’ of the meeting.
The labels involved include Diatribe Records, Dot Dot Dot Music, Ergodos, Farpoint Recordings, Heresy Records and Raelach Records, who collectively are leading figures working to sustain and further new Irish music at home and representing their country on the international stage.
SEJF & DYM - now stocking Farpoint Recordings releases
Jagiełły 11 / Łaźnia Miejska
Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland
We are pleased to announce that SEJF & DYM, Gorzów, Poland are now stocking a selection of Farpoint Recordings titles in their shop. You can find CD's, Books, Cassette Tapes and Vinyl Records by Farpoint Recordings artists including Nad Spiro, The Quiet Club, Stephen Vitiello, Fergus Kelly, Steve Roden, Quiet Music Ensemble, Anthony Kelly & David Stalling, Jennifer Walshe, Danny McCarthy, Karen Power, Paul Kane & Katie O'Looney and Viv Corringham amongst others.
SEJF is a creative space that includes a record shop and is run by Mateusz Rosiński & Fabian Błauciak. Do call by for a browse and a friendly chat - it's well worth a visit if you are in the Gorzów area.
SEJF & DYM opening hours: Tues - Thurs 17:00 - 21, Fri & Sat 18:00 - 02:00, Sound 17:00 - 21, Closed Mondays.
Remember to always check ahead before visiting - email@example.com / +48 531 452 382
Paul Hegarty and Mick O'Shea - Easy Perfection Salad reviewed by Duncan Simpson for Musique Machine
Duncan Simpson finds a 'balanced diet of avant-garde sonics...'
Farpoint Recordings have since their inception in the mid 2000s quietly been releasing a series of quality records pirouetting through the hinterlands of improvisation, electronic experimentation and performance. Paul Hegarty is better known as a writer an academic working in aesthetics, and has authored books on modern French philosophy as well as the history of noise music. He puts theory into practice as a member of both SAFE and Maginot. Here he collaborates on a suite of live recordings made on Sherkin island and the city of Cork with Mick O'Shea, who is predominantly known for his live homemade electronics.
There is an immediate mystery afoot regarding the relationship between the numerous photographs of the wooden shell of a hut, built upon scrub land, which adorn the A2 fold out poster which comes with the CD. Two men - presumably the artists - are milling around, collecting and modifying objects around the building's skeletal frame. Since the only other clue is that according to the notes the artists "found and prepared all materials herein", we can perhaps assume that the occasion for the record is linked to the notion of construction using found objects, or some other naturalistic or scavenger type procedure. Certainly the music within is of a highly improvised and spontaneous kind. Vegetables 1 kicks off the record on a surreal note, as against a backdrop of buzzing analogue electronics a distant voice speaks - fearfully to these ears - of liking "pickles, not piccalilli. Just pickles". It's not easy to pick out the words, but as the synthesiser noise modulates around unidentifiable found percussive sound the repeated phrases take on a quotidian mantra like quality. The second in the Vegetables series of tracks maintains the sound pallet of the first but loses the surreal spoken word. There's a heavy reverb on all the bowing, clanking, scraping sounds that seems to float over the gentle LFO throb of synthesiser drones.
After this opening salvo the remainder of the record is taken up by three extended tracks; the longest MEAT render at over 21 minutes. Before the render, however, we have the MEAT trimmings, nearly eighteen minutes of slowly evolving free noise and industrial dread, set well back within a cavernous reverb. There's fewer electronic interventions on show here, with the much of the sound coming from bowed and scraped metal of various kinds, reminiscent of early Organum or even Nurse With Wound's 1980s foray into the live arena. In truth the range of sounds is thin on the ground and any interplay between the players is difficult to detect. An occasional phrase or repeated gesture arises from the gloom only to fall back again rather than being developed. MEAT render adds delay effects and electronics to the mix with more success. There's a greater sense of intention in the layering and counterpoint between the synthesised and acoustic elements which suggests more interplay between Hegarty and O'Shea. There's also more light and shade (well different shades of shade anyway!) as busier passages of strained electronics give way to quieter moments combining subtle feedback drones, light static and strange rustling and creaking deep in the mix.
Finally The Shed drops much of the cavernous reverb and we can hear some of those acoustic sources up close and personal. After the large spaces implied in the previous productions it's almost jarring to the hear the players working so close and relatively unclothed in effects. The approach yields benefits though, as the creepiness of all those crackling, unidentifiable sounds is lifted in favour of more obvious cooperation and creative use of the material available. Contact microphones on wooden objects tingle the ear ASMR style, while a range of bowed and struck objects circle around. Another comparison one might draw is with the output of fellow Ireland based improviser Aranos who has at times also favoured a minimal and "found" selection of sound sources. The record however does suffer the same disconnect that afflicts much sound art and free improvisation; that between the sound of the thing and the images or ideas that purportedly accompany it. On the face of it, this a dark sounding record, and yet the amusing agrarian photographs that make up the double sided poster, and the modus operandi of the pair of improvisers, would suggest a more playful approach. Nevertheless Easy Perfect Salad still provides a balanced diet of avant-garde sonics.
Duncan Simpson / Musique Machine www.musiquemachine.com
You can hear tracks from this CD in the Listen section of the Farpoint Recordings website
Easy Perfection Salad is available from the Farpoint Recordings shop
Listening Lab with Anthony Kelly / Heritage Week Edition
A Sound Map Of Dún Laoghaire
The Reading Room, Blackrock Library, Main Street, County Dublin
6.30 - 7.30pm, Tuesday 20th August - All welcome
The first edition in a series of short listening events at Blackrock Library drawing on audio material from the growing sound archive of A Sound Map Of Dún Laoghaire. Listeners are invited to sit and listen to both old and new recordings from nature, stories and poetry all relating to the rich heritage of Dún Laoghaire Borough. This free event is part of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Heritage Week and all are welcome to come along. All that is needed is a curious ear!
Come along at 6.30pm on Tuesday and you can hear sounds from the harbour at Dún Laoghaire, snow falling during Storm Emma, Blackrock Market and poems by David Butler, a fox at night, Booterstown strand at dusk, Chris Nuzum describing some of the nature and wildlife found at Temple Hill Burial Ground, Blackbird song, a car wash at Newtownpark Avenue by Sound Map guest recordist Barry O’Mahony and many more field recordings. Further editions of Listening Lab are planned for September 19th and October 24th 2019 at Blackrock Library.
Kindly supported by Blackrock Library & Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
Meanwhile, you can visit the Sound Map project website at www.dunlaoghairesoundmap.com
image: Anthony Kelly and David Stalling, Gorzów, Poland, 2019
Independents Day, a documentary radio series by Alan Meaney
Episode 8, RTE 2XM, 7th June 2019
The latest edition of Independent's Day by Alan Meaney puts the spotlight on Farpoint Recordings. Alan interviews Anthony Kelly and David Stalling about their approach to running a small independent label and how for them it's a creative project allowing connections and dialogues with artists who are creating sound art and new music works. They discuss the process that has lead to many unique releases on the label. Alan also talks to label artists Danny McCarthy and Viv Corringham about their artistic practices and their experiences working with and releasing a project through Farpoint Recordings.
You can listen to Independent’s Day, Episode 8 here:
A Sound Map of Dún Laoghaire - New Field Recordings and Sound Journal Essay entries to 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 www.dunlaoghairesoundmap.com
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’...
Visit the Listen section of the Farpoint Recordings website to hear tracks from this CD
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.
KnowingUnknowing 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.
Temple Hill Burial Ground book and CDs available now from the Farpoint Recordings 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.
NAD SPIRO – SIRIUS SIGNALS reviewed by Massimo Ricci
Writing for Touching Extremes, Massimo Ricci discovers a release that 'opens up perceptive dimensions' and 'one of the finest outings from Nad Spiro to date...'
Reporting on the never enough sung activities of Rosa Arruti, the Basque sound artist known as Nad Spiro, is always a pleasure. For starters, she has stayed in contact – on and off – across the near-entirety of Touching Extremes’ history. Furthermore, and most importantly, her type of creative research is independent from the hustling and the purchased coverage defining many of today’s presumed geniuses fighting for overnight popularity. Arruti is a woman who, to steal a commonplace, really “works at the margins”. Either one understands what she does or not, our inkling is that her craft will not be sold to masses fed by the fatuous propagandas of selected channels of “information” (which – let’s all remember – is not knowledge, as The Philosopher used to say).
Sirius Signals is the compendium of a residency in Cork, Ireland. While there, Arruti gathered a considerable quantity of acoustic materials of miscellaneous origin (as usual, the work’s genesis can be learned by clicking the label link). Subsequently she assembled them in six five-minute compositions of mainly electronic temperament (of abstract typology) bordering with acousmatic territories. This means that a pinch of just everything was thrown in there. Buzzing drones, quasi-techno pulses, Guglielmo Marconi’s voice on an ancient tape, radiophonic junk, pitch-transposed ship horns, synthetic ricochets, low-frequency undercurrents, lo-fi semi-alien singing. You name it, Arruti probably included it.
Still, it’s not a random mishmash of uncanny sonorities; a specific scheme is deduced whenever lending an attentive ear. And yet, some of the most unrealistic manifestations taste like morsels of Nurse With Wound and/or Zoviet France. This seem to indicate Arruti’s willingness to amalgamate the exact and the amorphous in order to invite the audience not to remain stiffened inside their listening habits, attempting instead to open up perceptive dimensions beyond the false securities of “yes, I do know what this is”. According to that logic, mission accomplished.
This is both another intriguing release from Farpoint Recordings, and one of the finest outings from Nad Spiro to date.
Massimo Ricci / Touching Extremes / 31.05.18
Sirius Signals by Nad Spiro is available from the Farpoint Recordings webshop
NAD SPIRO – SIRIUS SIGNALS reviewed by Joseph Stannard
Writing for issue 405 of Wire magazine, Joseph Stannard charts 'a soundtrack for shipwreck cartography...'
Sirius Signals by Nad Spiro is available from the Farpoint Recordings webshop
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 from the Farpoint Recordings shop
From time to time we like to unearth a review from the archives. "Camouflaged nuances and tremendous underground plunges" - here's Massimo Ricci's from Touching Extremes take on Fergus Kelly's A Congregation of Vapours CD...
FERGUS KELLY – A Congregation Of Vapours / Farpoint Recordings
BY MASSIMO RICCI DECEMBER 2, 2012
Fergus Kelly: speaker feedback, no-input mixing board, DIY electronics, amplified metals, field recordings, processing.
Add to the above instrumentation a quick glance at this link and you will need no explanation whatsoever about how this marvelous record was conceived and performed.
Eight tracks that drone, buzz, rattle, quake and hum like the good times where there was still a word behind this category of proposal: research. Unquestionably, Kelly did a lot of that, adding to the process a pair of discriminating ears. There’s a profusion of harmonic substance in A Congregation Of Vapours that satisfies the ear in near-carnal fashion. I believe that no better way of receiving the goods from this CD exists than enjoying it via top-class dynamic headphones, for there are camouflaged nuances and tremendous underground plunges inside the vibrational matter which demand superior means to be authentically received in the physical manner that should peculiarize this brand of inner education.
The agile exercising of the single components in the audible fabric – in conjunction with a cyclical sense of wholeness in the compositional formation – pushed me to return to the disc over and over during a week’s span. Each time I ended with having nothing to communicate in writing, yet highly delighted. When that happens, it is commonly an encouraging sign – except for the fact that my conviction of the impossibility of conveying words to depict the unequivocal corporeal consequences of certain sounds is by now total.
Without actual similarities, let me just recommend this release to those who support artists such as Jim Haynes, Seth Nehil, Olivia Block, Jgrzinich, Mnortham, Jonathan Coleclough. It’s definitely one of the best works treading the “repeat and reprocess” path that I’ve heard of late, evocatively palpitating and forbiddingly solitary at once. Practically flawless.
Massimo Ricci / Touching Extremes
A Congregation of Vapours by Fergus Kelly is available from the Farpoint Recordings webshop
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