HIDE and SEEK

Posted by Bea Cloke on Saturday Oct 31, 2020 Under Composition, Composition/Programming, Music, Recording

‘Messiaen meets Metallica in a sublime swirl of sound. Guitar band sonorities bend into orchestral shapes in these uncanny, transporting digressions’
Kevin Brew, RTÉ Sound Stories

Glorious
Dublin Digital Radio

Epic
Daily Star

tense… intricate… leaves you wanting more
Abstract Analogue

engine detail – third digression (Figgis)

Gerry Leonard: Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Ebow, Banjo, Drone Bass, Harmonium, Sonic Textures.

Produced by Daniel Figgis and Gerry Leonard.

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Gerry Leonard at Kyserike Station, New York, 2020.
Additional mixing by Paddy Hunt, Kettle Watch Remote, London, 2020.

Original painting “Daniel’s Clearing (detail)” by Donald Teskey.

© Daniel Figgis, 2020. ℗ Daniel Figgis, 2020.

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Volume 2

Posted by Bea Cloke on Friday May 1, 2020 Under Album, Composition, Music

Self Isolating Congregation

As the effects of the Covid 19 epidemic started to spread, leading eventually to an unprecedented global lockdown, Linear Obsessional asked musicians to send us up to three and a half minutes of them playing solo in isolation. When an extraordinary 85 tracks came in (and was released as >>>>Self Isolating Compilation<<<<, it was clear that the result was not only a testament to isolated creativity, but also an extraordinary resource. 85 pieces of music, building bricks, begging to be reassembled into new works.

Having assembled a cast of remixers I set about allocating 4 tracks each, using a random number generator to ensure no bias in the selections. Only one person (Peter Nagle) ended up getting themselves.

This album consists of twenty quartets and one trio.

The remixers have worked magic, pulling together disparate strands in startlingly original ways. All the original artists are represented and audible here, although sometimes you might have to listen hard for ghostly fragments!
Thanks to everybody who took part in this experiment…

Released May 1, 2020

Tracks allocated and compilation produced by Richard Sanderson for Linear Obsessional April 2020

The cover design is by Paula Garcia Stone

All the source music comes from >>>>>>Self Isolating Compilation<<<<<<

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Look! Beautiful Music!

Posted by Bea Cloke on Thursday Apr 2, 2020 Under Album, Composition, Music

Self Isolating Compilation

Musicians, sound makers and artists isolated and creating. Solo sound works all recorded at home.

Volume 2 will bring the artists together.

I started coming up with the idea for the >>>>Self Isolating Compilation<<<<< just before the full lockdowns started – we were all being told it would be a good idea to stay at home, but the Governmental edicts hadn’t started. By the time the last tracks came in we are all forced to stay in, and find new ways of working.

For musicians this enforced isolation seems especially cruel, as music is, possibly above all, a social activity that explores not just the interaction between musicians, but also between musicians and an audience.
Even if I avoid the cliche of the falling tree in an empty forest, the idea of making music in a void seems strange.

These 85 (Eighty Five!) tracks are an attempted answer to the conundrum, all recorded in isolation at home, and almost all solo (the exceptions being three improvising musicians who share a house, and a father and son duo) throughout the world. There are tracks from UK, USA, France, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Ireland and the Canary Islands. The result is a kaleidoscope…

Released April 2, 2020

>>>>>Self Isolating Compilation<<<<< was put together by Richard Sanderson for Linear Obsessional. March/April 2020

The cover art is by Joanna McCormick
Dedicated to the memory of Kassia Flux.

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FIGGIS vs BORAN

Posted by Bea Cloke on Wednesday Dec 11, 2019 Under Interview, Live events, Music

An audio-visually supported ‘interrogation’ into the spectacular forty-year career of composer, producer, curator and intermedia artist Daniel Figgis by fellow artist Michael Boran with an eye to what happens next for Daniel, incorporating archive recordings, followed by audience Q&A.

Daniel is a creative engine always pushing the boundaries of the field he engages in, drawing from all of the arts and harnessing it to his advantage.
– Gerry Leonard, Musical Director, David Bowie

Daniel Figgis was making post-classical/post-rock music years before either of those terms gained currency.
– John Schaefer, WNYC: NEW SOUNDS

Image: Daniel Figgis at THE BATTLE oF SPEEDS (2011).
Photo by and © Barney

Rua Red

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Electronic Sound features Daniel Figgis

Posted by Bea Cloke on Saturday May 26, 2018 Under Album, Interview, Music

Ben Wilmott interviews Daniel Figgis in Issue 41 of Electronic Sound magazine. Daniel discusses his career to date and his involvement in Heresy Record’s latest release A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland.

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The Wire reviews A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland

Posted by Bea Cloke on Friday May 25, 2018 Under Album, Music

The WIRe

“Echoing the interests of Heresy’s founder… Eric Fraad, many of the contributors here are active across disciplinary borders… Nevertheless, Fraad is a tour guide with an agenda, and on his map most roads lead to Daniel Figgis… credited as composer, musician or producer on seven of these tracks…”

“…Timothy Cream’s Crown of Wines, with Vincent Doherty, (is) an 11 minute dream-waltz that brushes listeners’ faces with feathery mellotron, flute and owl hoots before spiriting their subconscious into more absurdist realms of lurching chords and half-heard speech.”

“…2003’s Avant Garde Your Grille sees Deep Burial’s George Brennan and Richard Howard rework Figgis’s recordings… all jutting edges and cloudy, churning surfaces.”

The WIRE

A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland & On The Nature Of Electricity & Acoustics CD Bundle

A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland is Heresy Records’ sequel to the album On the Nature of Electricity & Acoustics curated by Daniel Figgis and released in 2013 to international critical acclaim.

Both albums are currently available from the Heresy shop as a CD bundle.

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New Sounds interview

Posted by Bea Cloke on Friday Mar 16, 2018 Under Album, Interview, Music

New Sounds

John Schaefer catches up with Daniel on New York Public Radio’s New Sounds to discuss, amongst other things, his involvement in Heresy Records’ latest compilation of Irish electro-acoustic music A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland.

The show features several tracks from the new compilation alongside some previously unheard material, including sound installation, a Skipper outtake Angel In The House, and On C from the upcoming solo album.

“Daniel Figgis was making post-classical/post-rock music years before either of those terms gained currency; his work continues to be a singular blend of the experimental and the engaging – purposeful, idea-driven, but always direct in its communicative ability.” – John Schaefer

LISTEN TO NEW SOUNDS #4092

Daniel Figgis New SoundsOptica The Buckley Partnership  

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Press for A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland

Posted by Bea Cloke on Thursday Mar 15, 2018 Under Album, Music

A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland

“Figgis’s own 11-minute Timothy Cream’s Crown of Wines is a dazzling exercise in atmospheric fantasy…” – Michael Quinn, Classical Ear

“It is Daniel Figgis’ piece, Timothy Cream’s Crown of Wines, which really gets into a more freeform composition, referencing avant-garde music and perhaps Krautrock.” – Rudy Carrera, A Miscellany of Tasteful…

“A 1997 piece from Daniel Figgis, ‘Timothy Cream’s Crown of Wines’ is an absolute stunner.” – Karl Paloucek, Spill Magazine

“From the beatific dance-pop of Tóirse Ó Ríordáin to the avant garde bleeps and swirl of Daniel Figgis and the Kevin Ayers-inspired prog-rock meanderings of the supergroup GREETINGS, there’s much to immerse yourself in here.” – Duncan Seaman, The Yorkshire Post

“… the 11-minute ‘Timothy Cream’s Crown Of Wines’ is a thing of beauty.” – Electronic Sound

“It’s always great to hear a new track from Daniel Figgis and with ‘Timothy Cream’s Crown of Wines’ you get three! – Daniel’s best work, after just a few listens, has a wonderful familiarity and homemade feel about it.” – Stephen Rennicks, Abstract Analogue

A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland & On The Nature Of Electricity & Acoustics CD Bundle

A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland is Heresy Records’ sequel to the album On the Nature of Electricity & Acoustics curated by Daniel Figgis and released in 2013 to international critical acclaim.

Both albums are currently available from the Heresy shop as a CD bundle.

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A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland

Posted by Bea Cloke on Monday Oct 9, 2017 Under Album, Music

A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland

Compiled by label boss Eric Fraad, three years in the making, A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland is an extraordinary new compendium following in the wake of On The Nature of Electricity & Acoustics. It combines vital archival recordings with projections into what awaits this group of familiar, and some not so familiar, Irish musicians.

A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland features 9 world premiere recordings and will be released internationally on Heresy Records through Naxos on February 23 2018.

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GREETINGS & Leabhar na hAiseirghe

Posted by Bea Cloke on Monday Jun 6, 2016 Under Composition, Leabhar na hAiseirghe, Music

Leabhar na hAiséirghe (Book of the Resurrection) is an astonishing artefact, housed in the National Museum of Ireland (Collins Barracks in Dublin). Its creator, Art O’Murnaghan, is recognised as the greatest Artist-Scribe of 20th Century Ireland.

The recent RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta programme Art Ó Mornacháin agus Leabhar na hAiséirghe previews the first new music you have heard from his great-grandson in some time: a glimpse at Daniel’s soon to be unveiled ‘supergroup’: GREETINGS. Their “handsinmyhead” is described as an intoxication in 3 parts. This excerpt (Part 3) features Gerry Leonard  on electric guitar and Daniel on 12 string acoustic.

Recorded at Kettle Watch minor, Pussycat Row, and The Surgery
Produced by DF
Engineared by Paddy Hunt

The Power of the Rising...

The Proclaiming a Republic: the 1916 Rising exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, contains a section dedicated to Art Ó Murnaghan and his creation of Leabhar na hAiséirghe / Book of the Resurrection.

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta The National Museum of Ireland

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