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two eyes of wood

Posted by Chris on November 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm  

Anne Briggs, heavyweight vocalist of the 60s/70s English folk revival sings an acapella rendition of ‘young tambling’, a song about a woman who is ravaged by a mysterious man in the woods and left pregnant. Later, as she ventures out again to the woods to pick a herb which will abort the baby, the man reappears and reveals he has been trapped in the wood by the vicious and capricious queen of elves. However, tonight being Halloween the elfin horde will ride out across the countryside. If the lady can pass a test then she can win the mysterious man’s freedom.

Damp, mossy darkness in northwest Europe… The song shows a series of supernatural threats on the body. Whether it be Tambling (the man)’s sexual attack on Margaret (the lady), where “he never once asked her leave” or the queen’s imprisonment (and accompanying disembodiment) of Tambling and her final curse which concludes the song: “I should have torn out your eyes Tambling, and put in two eyes of wood”.

I gave the vocal a new body of signals in this remix, adding frequency and re-supporting it away from absence and air onto new shifting material. In other words, I took the vocal, reverbed it out and put a load of synth and bass elements underneath it.

Here are the original and remix:

Anne Briggs – Young Tambling (original)

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posting sneeze

Posted by Chris on November 5, 2009 at 1:28 pm  

forgive the fractured nature of this post – it’s a bit of a digest/clearout/enema………


friendsound recently posted most of the chain reaction back catalogue. the links are here. and here’s a track from the ‘…complied’ record from 1998 and another from Fluxion’s Vibrant Froms 2 (2000).

Ridis – Foto

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Fluxion – Bipolar Defect

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if i wasn’t on the wrong side of russia, i’d be going to the plateaux festival in Poland. 30euro fro 4 days of audio/visual performance from 19-22nd november. many are playing including ghostly international, SND, byetone, fennesz, simon scott and lawrence english, and specific audio-visual works presentations include mark fell (stream an excerpt of his ‘attack on silence’ here), Claudia D’Alonzo (review of Quando l’occhio trema. (When the eye shakes) can be found here) & RÜTS (trailer for MeaKusma embedded below)

RÜTS DVD Trailer – meakusma 2009 from meakusma on Vimeo.

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YT has had a record out for too long to call it new. before we reach another calendar and it becomes old here’s a (auto)tune from it, full record to download here.

yt – champion sound (f million stylez, blackout JA & mr williamz prod curtis lynch)

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elsewhere leaving records offer a tape of jamaican radio from septermber 1988. much digital. post here.

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the lickets (whose website is a lot) have been sending stuff for a bit now. it’s taken me a while to turn it around but here’s a track from their album ‘they turned our desert into fire’.

The Lickets – Endless Migration

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and on a similarly folked route here’s a version of ‘hares on the mountain by shirley collins accompanied on guitar by davy graham. you can hear a version with just shirley and a banjo here.

Shirley Collins & Davy Graham – Hares On The Mountain

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topic

Posted by Chris on September 10, 2009 at 10:16 am  

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english folk label topic records is 70 years old. late junction ran a program profiling the label this week – you have about a week to listen to it here. topic was started in 1939 as an offshoot of the communist led Workers’ Music Association to sell mail order Soviet and leftist political music. after the war it became one of the first British labels to issue blues recordings before it subsequently moved into English, Irish and Scottish folk music. singer, writer and activist Ewan McColl was involved with the label from the 50s onwards. Ewan McColl would later become well known for his series of radio ballads for the BBC. these were broadcast in the late 50s and early 60s. they had a variety of themes including the construction of the M1 (Britain’s first motorway), the fishing industry and the psychology of pain. they weaved together interviews, traditional and original songs and field recordings. crucially, McColl, Charles Parker (pictured above) and Peggy Seeger used the original interviews rather than actors’ voices, making the broadcast of these programs one of the first times regional and working class accents were heard on the BBC. I wrote a bit more about the radio ballads back here and this mix drew heavily on ‘singing the fishing’. topic issued the radio ballads on CD in 1999.

in the same year they issued a 20 CD collection called voice of the people which thematically collected many of the early recordings from their catalogue. here’s a tune from volume 2 themed around the sea.

Mary Ann Carolan – In London So Fair

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here’s a song from Anne Briggs’s topic-released self titled debut record. She was active in the late 60s and early 70s during a period where folk english folk music was enjoying a resurgence in popularity. You can nab the record from these fine people along with her excellent ‘the time has come’ issued on CBS.

Anne Briggs – Willie O Winsbury

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one of the more famous figures from this period is Martin Carthy who, together with his partner Norma Waterson, her family and their daughter Eliza Carthy would be staples of both topic and the english folk scene from the 60s to the present day. this is from his 1976 album ‘crown of horn’ on topic.

Martin Carthy – Locks and Bolts

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finally Shirley Collins only had two records on topic, one of which was her first record, ‘sweet england’, a collection of british and american songs from 1959. as such it’s a nice representation of the topic records of the 50s in a transitional phase. unfortunately i don’t have it. so just because it’s great here’s a song from her 1969 record ‘anthems in eden’ with her sister Dolly. the full record is here.

shirley and dolly collins – ca the yowes

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