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Title: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on January 21, 2008, 12:58:15 PM
Getting Veils, Shadows released on the HSS imprint was a high point for me in 2007. It took a little while to get it together and Mike and Lena were very supportive all the way along. There was a flurry of activity in 2007 with 'Sounds of a Universe', 'Vapours and Magnetism', as well as a couple of tracks submitted for other compilations in other places. There has been some other music created that might see the light of day some time when I get a website sorted - and another full length release on Oophoi's Umbra label.

So all is quiet at the moment, new equipment to get into and explore and a couple of projects bubbling away under the surface waiting for the time to ripen and appear.



Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on January 21, 2008, 01:02:56 PM
New release on Umbra: The Quiet Labyrinth

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/TheQuietLabyrinth2s.jpg)

Front cover.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/TheQuietLabyrinthbacks.jpg)

Back cover.

Avaiable from www.deeplistenings.it
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: drone on on January 22, 2008, 05:54:52 PM
Hi,
I wanted to let people know who were not aware: Seren Ffordd is not the artist's real name, he's not a Scandinavian dude (a friend of mine calls him Seren Fjord, like those iceberg things!) He is from Wales and Seren Ffordd means "Star Road" in Welsh.  IMHO, this artist is on the cusp of true ambient greatness, his music being infused with an organic, otherworldly sound quality rarely heard these days. Indeed, I place him on the same pedestal as the great Oophoi.  I truly hope he will be recognized sometime soon with an official Hypnos release so as to get his music to a wider audience via radio programs like Stars End, HOS, etc.  I don't think they give CDR releases a chance, which is too bad considering there is so much great stuff on CDR like Seren Ffordd.  The new Umbra release cover is beautiful. Can't wait to hear it!!!
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: mgriffin on January 23, 2008, 11:54:25 AM
Hello drone on.  Thanks for your note here about Seren Ffordd.

I agree that this artist's music is very much worth watching, and you should see him appear on the Hypnos label again in the future, not just Veils, Shadows but also the recent compilation Sounds of a Universe Overheard, and also he will be contributing a "soundtrack" piece to the upcoming video DVD Vapors and Magnetism.

Beyond that, we have been in discussions even this week about a new Hypnos Secret Sounds release later this year, and beyond that, I would be receptive to further releases but we'll have to discuss it.  The one release that's currently under discussion actually has to be a CDR release due to the rather unusual nature of the concept, but I won't be the one to spill the beans about that here.

And we just received copies of The Quiet Labyrinth from Umbra to sell on the Hypnos store, as well.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: lena on January 23, 2008, 12:01:38 PM
I truly hope he will be recognized sometime soon with an official Hypnos release so as to get his music to a wider audience via radio programs like Stars End, HOS, etc.  I don't think they give CDR releases a chance, which is too bad considering there is so much great stuff on CDR like Seren Ffordd. 


Nah... I only have music on CDRs, & my songs have been played here & there...
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: drone on on January 31, 2008, 12:24:25 AM
The Quiet Labyrinth is a very spooky trip indeed.  It's not what I expected after the "outer space" journeys of previous Umbra releases "Stellar Nurseries" and "Realms Beyond the Stars and Light."  This one is some kind of inner space/terrestrial-based deep zoneworlds not for the faint of heart.  Another winner for Umbra and S. Ffordd...
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on November 20, 2008, 12:38:43 PM
Recently had a couple of enquiries as to any music on the horizon and realised it's been a year since The Quiet Labyrinth was being completed and almost a year since it's release.

I had a very difficult time at work from Christmas last year, doing lots of unpaid overtime and not sleeping much due to stress - which rather affected the creative process. I just kept checking in with my imagination to make sure it as keeping tab of the ideas and dreaming. Managed to get a new job, but the steep learning curve meant a little longer waiting for enough head and heart space to get going again in the way I wanted.

In the meantime had a couple of tracks released on the Ambientlive label compilations:

Awakenings 2008 volume 1.5 http://www.ambientlive.com/albums/awakenings2008v1.5.htm

Awakenings 2008 volume 2.5 (no webpage yet)

also a track called Incubus on the forthcoming EMPortal compilation 2 cd set. http://www.emportal.info/viewtopic.php?t=2975&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0


I am working on the disc possibility mentioned by Mike for the Secret Sounds imprint - titled 'Fractured'. It is taking some time as I am doing a lot of intricate sound manipulation, including cuts down to 1/10 of a second in a short part of it......Most of the base tracks are laid (and last one ringing in my head) and looking forward to the sounds evolving over the top. Hopefully Mike will like the end result.

Also working on two collaberations which I am very excited by, no idea of release dates as yet.

So many thanks to everyone who has expressed support and kept in touch.

Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on November 24, 2008, 06:59:36 AM
since my last post one of the collaberations I coyly mentioned has become more formal when Oophoi mentioned it on his new MySpace page. http://www.myspace.com/gianluigioophoigasparetti

So I am excited to say the album is called 'Martian Chronicles' and is inspired by the book of the same title by Ray Bradbury. Currently we are swapping sounds/music and seeing how our explorations take us into the uncertain, twisting and parallel story lines of the book.
 8)
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: drone on on November 24, 2008, 07:56:16 PM
Wow, I am definitely looking forward to Martian Chronicles, perhaps a "sequel" to Celestial Geometries(?) Would this be an Umbra release or on another label? I'll have to check out Oophoi's myspace page...
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: drone on on November 26, 2008, 01:24:23 PM
When I clicked the myspace link, got a message saying account deleted or no longer a user??
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Joe R on November 26, 2008, 02:35:58 PM
When I clicked the myspace link, got a message saying account deleted or no longer a user??

Same here. It seems that Gianluigi's myspace page is no longer there.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: petekelly on November 26, 2008, 02:42:49 PM
This link should work

http://www.myspace.com/oophoidrones

cheers
Pete
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on November 26, 2008, 05:05:27 PM
This link should work

http://www.myspace.com/oophoidrones

cheers
Pete

Just seen the last few posts - and this link works for me and the original one does not - but it looks the same......
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Campus Stellae on November 27, 2008, 12:44:12 AM
I confirm the new URL      http://www.myspace.com/oophoidrones,  we changed it yesterday for easier search, thanks for looking
Gigi
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Zyp on November 29, 2008, 09:35:14 AM
My introduction to the music of Seren Fforrd was the track "Strange Atrractor" on the "Sounds of a Universe..." compilation.   Immediately impressed by his offering on that album, I made a mental note to check out more of Andy's work.

I recently purchased "Veils, Shadows" and can honestly say that this is one of my favourite ambient albums of 2008.  The intricately crafted soundscapes on "Veils..." show an artist who is creatively on the ascendancy.  The ominous opening track "Slow Burning" is disconcerting yet compelling and extremely beautiful.  The rest of the album doesn't let up either in terms of maintaining the high quality.

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Andy at a UK electronic music festival and he comes across as an artist (and not to mention a thoroughly nice guy) who's extremely passionate yet very modest about what he does.  Personally, I can't wait to hear more from Seren Ffordd and am very much looking forward to any future releases that may be in the pipeline.   Hopefully in the future I too would love to see a Seren Ffordd release on the main Hypnos label.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: drone on on November 29, 2008, 05:00:15 PM
Zyp: I agree 100%, SF is something special. You should definitely check out the Hypnos store and go to the Umbra (labels) section, and pick up "Floating," "Realms Beyond the Stars and Light" (this is the translated Welsh title), "Quiet Labyrinth," and the Penumbra e.p's, all excellent and these may be the last copies around.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on April 05, 2009, 11:48:39 AM
I've been putting excerpt clips onto my Atmoworks page just click on http://atmoworks.ning.com/profile/Seren if you are interested
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: drone on on May 02, 2009, 11:44:31 AM
Seren, are you working on anything new these days?
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on May 02, 2009, 01:03:08 PM
Seren, are you working on anything new these days?

Yes, still managing to keep busy - 2 solo projects, 2 collaberations, working out how to do things live, looking how to get out more often to do feild recording and ...I'm sure there was something else...ah...Oh Yes - a life.....wedding anniversary on Monday and garden needs lots doing. Job takes up a lot of time and energy too of course.

The collaberation with Gigi is going well and we will let everyone know when it's ready. These things can take time and we have been planning it since 2006.....

I have found one of my own limitations, seen both at work and in music. I'm not very good at having lots of things on the go and doing little bits when I can. I have to focus on 2 things at most at a time or I just start making mistakes/bad music....

Thanks for the interest and I know it's been a while since The Quiet Labyrinth was released but new music will arrive, hopefully sooner than later.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Ein Sophistry on July 09, 2009, 09:20:34 PM
I'm eagerly trying to complete my Seren Ffordd discography.  Is there any chance recordings like Vajra Storm, Calling, and MooN will ever be made available (whatever the format)?
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: mgriffin on July 10, 2009, 08:03:28 AM
I had intended to type a full news update about the subject of Seren Ffordd, but Lena and i have been getting ready to go out of town for a few days and I haven't finished that update yet.

At any rate, I had hoped to make some sort of announcement about our plans to release a Seren Ffordd reissue series on Hypnos Secret Sounds, beginning very soon with Stellar Nurseries.

A few of these items are still available, in small quantities, in their Umbra or Penumbra editions, and we still have to nail down the specifics of the cover designs for some of these, but this reissue series will definitely happen and will begin quite soon.  It makes the most sense to me to release the reissues in chronological order, according to the sequence in which they were originally released.  The series will include at least one, and possibly more, previously unreleased full-length recording.

For now, here's the list, from the Hypnos Upcoming Releases page...

Seren Ffordd | Stellar Nurseries (Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Seren Ffordd | Floating (Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Seren Ffordd | Arhythmia (Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Seren Ffordd | The Quiet Labyrinth (Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Seren Ffordd | Aurora/Gateway/The Portal's Dreaming (Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Seren Ffordd | Ydd Hwnt y Seren a Llygedin (Hypnos Secret Sounds)
Seren Ffordd | Calling (Hypnos Secret Sounds)

Sorry to be unable to add sample cover artwork but that will come soon.  The above is subject to change, and I don't believe I have them in the right order above, but I have to go pack!  Andy aka Seren Ffordd will probably add more information to this over the weekend while Lena and I are gone.

This is a series we're very excited about and we think Hypnos listeners, as well as frustrated Umbra-hunters, will really enjoy it.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on July 10, 2009, 08:25:44 AM
Thanks Mike for making the announcement.

I am very excited about the plans Mike has detailed, to which Oophoi gave his blessings to.

In specific response to Ein Sophistry:

Vajra Storm is unlikely to be released due to copyright issues re some of the samples. Oophoi was originally keen to release it on Umbra and was confident at getting permission from some sources, but unfortunately, convinced that it would not come from others.

Calling has not yet been released. I am currently working on it for consideration by Mike but that is dependent upon him liking it.......fingers crossed.

MooN has had a little more colourful history in that it took me some time to get a 2 CDR set of sounds I was happy with. It is a very static but dreamy soundscape...However it was also the first sound swapped with Oophoi in our project The Martian Chronicles, at a point before I had finished my own exploration of it - so it seems to have developed two lives, like twins seperated at birth perhaps.....

Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Ein Sophistry on July 10, 2009, 11:09:36 AM
Thanks, Mike and Andy, for the info.  I'll be crossing my fingers for Calling as well.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: mgriffin on September 21, 2009, 02:44:37 PM
We are getting ready to start the Seren Ffordd reissue series soon, beginning with Stellar Nurseries.

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hss-sf-sn.jpg)

More news very, very soon!
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Scott M2 on September 21, 2009, 08:28:40 PM
Strong cover!
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: drone on on October 22, 2009, 02:04:08 AM
Trippeeeeee cover!!!
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: mgriffin on November 11, 2009, 11:34:34 AM
I'm pleased to announce that this disc has finally been released in the Hypnos store.  

http://hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=hss28 (http://hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=hss28)

We are also announcing a change to the price of all past and future Hypnos Secret Sounds releases, starting now, through at least the end of the year -- $9.99 per disc!
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on February 25, 2010, 01:30:12 PM
Review of Stellar Nurseries (and other Hypnos releases on Textura - http://textura.org/reviews/brand_ffordd_mystified_viridiansun.htm

Seren Ffordd's Stellar Nurseries, which is actually a reissue of a 2004 release (the first in a planned series of recordings previously issued on Umbra and Penumbra, Italy-based labels managed by Oophoi) he created using a Korg 016 and a Yamaha PSR 262 keyboard. It's an hour-long, single-movement work that the Wales-based Ffordd splits into four figurative sections: “Out of the Void,” “Storm Movement,” “Spiral Dance,” and “Floating, Dreaming.” By way of context, the artist's notes describe huge, drifting clouds of molecular gases that turn star-like, then gradually increase in heat and movement until ignition occurs, after which lighter and heavier elements are pushed and pulled by gravitational forces until planets form. There's a suspended and drifting quality to the material, with cloud-like washes and tones extending for minutes at a time like massive exhalations taking place thousands of kilometres above the earth or perhaps nebulae coming into focus in slow-motion. Shifts in emphasis alternate between the rumbling lower to ascendent higher tones, and wave-like surges in intensity occur too, lending the material an industrial character in the process. An undercurrent of controlled aggression and pressure dominates the first half, until an abrupt termination strips the material down to a sole, organ-like nucleus around which synthetic tones languorously congregate as the sound mass thickens. In contrast to the first, the mood of the second half is lambent, serene, and melancholy, rather requiem-like in spirit as if in mourning for the death of a star. Ultimately, the programmatic connections between the section titles and the work itself are easily drawn in Ffordd's beautifully sustained meditation.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on May 10, 2010, 12:32:33 AM
Hi everyone,
We announce the release of 'Lament of a Forgotten God' the debut album from Llunstorcarnay - the collaboration between Seren Ffordd (UK) and Gliese 614 (UK).
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/Lamentfront.jpg)
   Lament of a Forgotten God is inspired by the ancient poems such as the Song of Taliesyn and was recorded between August 2008 - March 2010. The album developed a life of it’s own, not quite going where we had intended but drawing us into it’s own sounds and direction - we are pleased at having given it a voice.
   Samples from the album can be heard at:
http://www.myspace.com/gliese614
http://atmoworks.ning.com/profile/Seren
   The album is on CDR, has a running time of 60:00 and costs £10 including p&p
If you are interested in purchasing the album, please pm me or contact Seren Ffordd at serenffordd@talktalk.net         edited - moved pictures to make viewing easier....
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on May 11, 2010, 12:32:08 AM
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/Lamentinner.jpg)
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on May 11, 2010, 12:33:22 AM
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/Lamentback.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/lamentCD.jpg)
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on May 11, 2010, 12:34:20 AM
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/Llunstorcarnaypostercopy.jpg)
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on June 11, 2010, 05:22:22 AM
Seren Ffordd has a track called 'Incubus' on the new EMPortal double compilation CD:

Joint Efforts|The Album.


http://emportal.info/viewtopic.php?t=4598

The album has a wide range of styles amongst the 20 musicians.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on June 20, 2010, 11:32:37 AM
Hi everyone,

realised a couple of days ago that the thread has had more than 10,000 views.

Thanks for the interest in the music.

Now that the two collaberations I've been working on for sometime are complete ('The Martian Chronicles' with Oophoi and 'Lament of a Forgotten God' with Gliese 614), I'll be getting back to some solo music - picking up 'Fractured' again and looking into something new.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: mgriffin on June 21, 2010, 09:50:03 AM
Yes, but 9,900 of those views are from you hitting "reload!"

Speaking of the new album "Lament of a Forgotten God," I've been giving this one numerous repeated plays here, and enjoy it quite a bit.  It's definitely a departure for Seren Ffordd but in a good way.  Interesting, challenging, and strange!
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: SequenceC on June 22, 2010, 02:16:42 AM
Thanks Mike,

Glad you enjoy our album.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Ein Sophistry on June 22, 2010, 09:58:49 PM
Now that the two collaberations I've been working on for sometime are complete ('The Martian Chronicles' with Oophoi and 'Lament of a Forgotten God' with Gliese 614), I'll be getting back to some solo music - picking up 'Fractured' again and looking into something new.

Do tell, do tell.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on June 24, 2010, 01:32:24 PM
Now that the two collaberations I've been working on for sometime are complete ('The Martian Chronicles' with Oophoi and 'Lament of a Forgotten God' with Gliese 614), I'll be getting back to some solo music - picking up 'Fractured' again and looking into something new.

Do tell, do tell.

As 'The Martian Chronicles' is highlighted I assume you are asking about this Ein Sophistry. It is completed and currently with Mike for consideration for release as a Hypnos disc. 7 tracks inspired by the novel of the same name by Ray Bradbury which focusses more on the martian aspects of the book.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: mgriffin on June 24, 2010, 01:51:17 PM
The plan is to release The Martian Chronicles on Hypnos before too long -- it's great work.

Seren Ffordd and Oophoi recorded two albums worth of somewhat "connected" material but I think those will be treated as separate albums, rather than a 2-CD project.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on June 25, 2010, 04:38:42 AM
The plan is to release The Martian Chronicles on Hypnos before too long -- it's great work.

I'm glad Mike likes it. It's taken a while to complete - about 4 years from first idea to finished master and I think it marries nicely our different (if similar) styles.

For me there are places in the album where the music is strangely like us, but not like us either - quite in keeping with the sense of unreality in the book....hard to explain...

plus the shortest ambient track I've ever done......
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on July 05, 2010, 01:37:51 AM
I'd like to invite those of you that enjoy my music for some information/feedback.

I know that 'Floating' is used by a number of reflexology and similar therapists for the relaxed state and dreaminess it puts their clients into.

I know that 'Arhythmia' has had some unusual effects on some listeners (not good for listening before trying to sleep).

If you'd be willing to pm me  - or even go public here - I'm really interested in what you listen to and why? What happens when you do listen to certain tracks or albums? Where do you go? Do you dream? See anything? Feel anything?

I have no 'judgement' or 'expectation' about the responces being 'positive' - If a particular track gives you a headache or makes you feel 'uncomfortable' or 'creeped out' in some way that's part of what I'd like to know.

Thanks.....
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on August 01, 2010, 01:25:28 PM
Anyone else willing to pm me and let me know the answers to my questions above.

I really am interested in what you experience and it will help me continue to refine and explore what I do.

Since listening to Irrlicht as a youngster and having my first non drug induced out of body experience it has been an important part of what I do.

all responses or questions very much appreciated.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: mgriffin on September 07, 2010, 04:19:32 PM
Having listened to Arythmia at least ten times in the past week (getting it ready to release on Hypnos Secret Sounds this week), I'd say it would not seem like a great candidate for a sleep album.  It's hypnotic, and at times restful, yet often has an "edge" or a discordant quality.  It's more "active" than most other Seren Ffordd music, I think.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on October 12, 2010, 12:21:49 AM
Review of Lament of a Forgotten God by Steve Palmer:

Llunstorcarnay "Lament Of A Forgotten God"

Llunstorcarnay is a collaboration of two artists, Seren Ffordd and Gliese 614. The album "Lament Of A Forgotten God" was inspired by ancient works such as the Welsh poem the Song Of Taliesyn, but also (as noted in the atmospheric artwork) by the wild places of nature and by those ancient cultures whose stories were set in such environments.

The album is arranged into three tracks, one of ten minutes, one of twenty and one of thirty. Electronically distorted voices open the album, before ambient drones and washes emerge from the soundscape. As with the work of the individual artists - notably the recently reviewed "Serenty" by Gliese 614 and Seren Ffordd's "Calling" - this is ambient music with little hint of beats and none of melody. The change in tones and textures is small, slow, reflecting gradual change in the environments the artists seek to evoke. In this opening track the timbres hint at harsh places, with metallic tones overlaying bass drones and washes.

The second track opens with another distorted voice, before lighter, almost airy timbres emerge, hinting at lighter, brighter environments - perhaps atop cliffs or near water. Deeply reverberated sounds and tones suggest prehistoric gorges like those of the Dordogne in France. After a while the sounds increase in volume and complexity, some of them changing from bass to treble registers while maintaining the same timbre; the technique is used again at the end of the piece. This track is a good example of how apparently simple sounds, well chosen, can have a large cumulative effect.

The third track opens, as before, with distorted voices, before moving on into a more modern-sounding section that uses vocal-based pads and ringing, almost bell-like tones to present an aura of tranquility. Then the work mutates into less recognisable sounds and effects, before, after five minutes or so, a white noise rhythm overlaid with swirling synth tones begins. It's effective and atmospheric, but soon gone. As the track evolves new tones and timbres are brought in, reminding me of some of Klaus Schulze's work of the late 'seventies. The ending of the track is in the style of the opening; this track is for me the best of the three, not least because it has all the time it needs to evolve.

A very good album that listeners of ambient artists should check out.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on October 13, 2010, 12:23:49 AM
Visiting Berlin is a new cdr release on Ambientlive records in the UK:

click on http://www.ambientlive.com and scroll down to find -

(http://home.btconnect.com/Unsigned-Bands/ambientlive/albums/serenffordd_visitingberlin.jpg)

This is an album of rhythm and sequencer based music :o in the 'Berlin School' tradition.....It was recorded a couple of years back when I wanted to see if i could do this sort of sound.

I will post a couple more pictures soon.

My thanks to John at Ambientlive for liking it enough to release it

Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on October 13, 2010, 12:29:36 PM
Back Cover:
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/VisitingBerlinback.jpg?t=1286998557)


Disc:
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/VisitingBerlindisc.jpg)
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on October 20, 2010, 11:37:44 AM
Starting to put track extracts on soundcloud:

http://soundcloud.com/seren-ffordd/sets/seren-ffordd

plus started new profile page on relaxed machinery - as below
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on November 03, 2010, 02:08:10 PM
Lament of a Forgotten God now available on the Hypnos store

http://hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=HOS&Product_Code=misc77&Category_Code=misc
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: mgriffin on November 03, 2010, 02:17:33 PM
This shorter link will work the same way, if you're posting it around:

http://hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=misc77 (http://hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=misc77)

The extra code is extraneous.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: mgriffin on November 23, 2010, 10:13:00 AM
Nice review by Vital weekly of "Arhythmia" here:

http://bit.ly/fTjnMy (http://bit.ly/fTjnMy)
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on November 29, 2010, 03:37:47 PM
Nice review of Arhythmia posted on the Modulator ESP forum by Ross Baker (also known as Second Thought):

I'm a sucker for atmosphere conjured up by samples, so the rainy sounds at the start of Seren Ffordd's Arhythmia put me in a positive mood to get into the album. Not that positive is the most obvious word to describe this music - this is sinister stuff. The rain continues through the first track (simply titled I), its pattering slowly forming a quiet loop that causes a rhythm so slight it is most comparable to catching something out of the corner of your eye. Similarly, as the ever-descending moaning drones that appear as the album morphs into part II continue to fall into a dark ambient abyss, a feeling of endless repetition occurs, and the unnerving rattling that slowly fades in around the halfway mark acts to punctuate this looping feeling. This music truly delivers rhythm and pace without ever approaching beats or drive.
Bell chimes introduce the third movement and very slowly we begin to ascent from the mire into an open, airy sound that reflects the acoustic nature of the album (as with the best abstract works, all recordings are acoustic sounds electronically treated). Bell sounds reverberate all around, constantly suggesting rhythm and form but without ever succumbing to loops or repetition.
A slow, broad wind draws upon us and introduces the penultimate section of the album, drawing us back towards the darker aspects of the record's first half. Quiet, echoed sounds appear in the background, suggesting some sound far off being carried towards us on the wind. Sinister whispers swirl around and approaching a rhythmic nature but always suggesting a more formless, amorphous sound. Suddenly, rain reappears, announcing the final quarter of an hour, this time accompanied by what sounds like a loop of car swiftly passing by on the rain-soaked road; a loop which begins as a pedestrian sounding sample but becomes sinister and even intimidating after continual repetition. Another tapestry of dark droning and rumbling occurs somewhere in the background, adding a further sense of unease to the increasingly disturbing car loop. This texture fades away incredibly slowly, easing you back into reality.
Arhythmia is a fascinating and incredibly mature work of sound design and audio manipulation which flirts with isolationist drone and dark ambient but never submits to its clichés, instead following a path of its own; a path which is not necessarily easy to travel, but is ultimately incredible satisfactory.

http://modulatoresp.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=serenpublic&action=display&thread=1819
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on January 24, 2011, 02:08:33 PM
Another review of Arhythmia, this time from Textura:
As a follow-up to its earlier release of Seren Ffordd's Stellar Nurseries, Hypnos continues to re-issue work by the Wales-based ambient sound sculptor with the release of the out-of-print 2005 recording Arhythmia. It makes good on its wish to explore rhythms and movements that are heard and felt—though not of the dance-based but of the more fundamental kind, like those of the planets and tides and of the body's inner workings, that are threaded throughout our lives in ways of which we're often unaware. Ffordd could exploit such movements to create a relaxed and hypnotic dream-like work but instead opts for a much more unsettling one that features turbulent episodes as a counterweight to the expected calming ones. The sound sources (all acoustic) used for the seventy-one-minute piece include field recordings (rain and thunder) and singing bowls, voice, gourds, and chimes (effects and sound manipulations executed using a Korg D16 digital portastudio).

After rain drizzle and thunder introduces the five-part work, the rain sounds persist throughout the first part while the thunder recedes and is replaced by intermittent rumbles. Though the collective sound is pitched at a low level of intensity, there's nevertheless a wealth of detail on display at any given moment. The second part follows without interruption, the change signified by the disappearance of the rain and the advent of a series of downward spiraling tones that gradually swell in number and volume. Adding to that density, rippling percussive accents, wind-like swirls, and ghostly moans appear in turn as the intensity steadily builds throughout the part's fifteen minutes. In a move that echoes the transition between the opening tracks, the change from two to three occurs when the former's ominous sound mass is supplanted by bell strikes (the singing bowls and chimes, presumably) whose prolonged reverberations fill the spaces between them. The fourth initially focuses exclusively on natural sounds—rumbles and whooshes—before faint, wavering musical figures appear in the distance. Though the sonic design differs from part to part, there's similarity in the way each builds gradually, growing ever denser and fuller as the part in question unfolds, and the recording comes full circle when the final chapter reintroduces the rain drizzle and rumbles of the opening part.

January 2011
http://www.textura.org/reviews/ffordd_arhythmia.htm

Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on February 21, 2011, 02:57:39 PM
Strands – Seren Ffordd.

4 new guitar based tracks for free download.

Strands 1 came out of exploring a set up for live performances to play in a local club. Recorded straight to stereo using sounds manipulated on a Roland VP9000, an electric guitar and some sounds Oophoi kindly allowed me to recycle from music we had created together on another project.

Strands 2, 3 and 4 are just electric guitar, manipulated through various effects.

The music ranges from noisy to deep drones and even some rhythm....


edit - new link - Music available on http://www.soundcloud.com/seren-ffordd

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/Strandsinternet100.jpg)
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on February 21, 2011, 04:15:05 PM
Oops, just updated the souncloud link.... :)
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: SequenceC on March 16, 2011, 01:39:58 AM
Strands 1-4 is fantastic, a great variety of dark ambience. Highly recommended.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on April 13, 2011, 04:23:55 AM
New track 'I Nearly Saw Forever' on:
(http://home.btconnect.com/Unsigned-Bands/ambientlive/albums/awakenings2011v1.5.jpg)

Awakenings 2011 Vol1.5 (2CDR) compilation on Ambientlive label
www.ambientlive.com
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on May 14, 2011, 11:09:51 AM
Next reissue on Hypnos Secret Sounds, Floating:

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hss-sf-f.jpg)

http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=HOS&Product_Code=hss32

Phil Derby's original review in Electroambient Space:
"Not to be confused with the classic Klaus Schulze track of the same name, this 70-minute track is pure ambient. Those who think synths sound cold and calculating would do well to listen to this to correct that misperception. The sounds here are filled with warmth, depth, and nuance. Things develop quite slowly and deliberately. Melody is hinted at, as one might be able to say a note hanging in the air is a C or an F-sharp or whatever, but that’s as far as musical structure goes here. Completely devoid of rhythm, this truly is all about the floating. Though timbres are by and large bright and shimmering, the mood is somewhat subdued if not outright somber. Like Aurora, this disc has no liner notes whatsoever, so it is completely up to you to decide where your imagination will take you as you listen. I like that. This is a beautiful piece of music that will surely reward repeat listening to capture all the details."
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on July 08, 2011, 12:35:08 PM
review of Veils, Shadows by Ross Baker
http://electronicmusicreviews.wordpress.com

Seren Ffordd – Veils, Shadows (Hypnos Secret Sounds)

Anybody familiar with the work of Welsh sound artist and ambient fellow Seren Ffordd will find no surprise that Veils, Shadows begins with a slow moving, sinister drone. Like all of the sounds on this album, the opening track, fittingly titled Slow Passing, is sourced entirely from acoustic sounds and other instruments: horns, guitar, percussion, vocals, glass and so on. Seren Ffordd has a way of treating and manipulating these sounds that keeps the listener’s interest throughout his longform pieces, never subtmitting to dark ambient clichés. Slow Passing is reminiscent of Christoph Heeman, particularly his works with Current 93 (the book soundtrack In a Foreign Town, in a Foreign Land immediately springs to mind).
Elsewhere, the album works at a different pace. Far from taking the drone template and applying it to the whole record, Seren Ffordd introduces an array of rattling, shivering textures at the beginning of River of Souls, before warping them almost beyond recognition in its second half, joined by distant harmonies which add an increasing sense of unease; Distant Paths is based around spar.se percussive loops which give a feeling of a procession passing by somewhere just out of sight, tribal and almost ritualistic in its primitive sound.
Things return to a more drone based sound for the title track, although a cacophany of disembodied voices drives this final track rather than the softer tones of the album’s opener.
Despite its relative variety, Veils, Shadows is a work of a singular vision, and is not for the faint of heart. This is lonely listening for secluded locations, and all the better for it. Drawing to mind hints of imagery lost behind fog and beneath shadows, its abstract sounds make this ambient album essential listening.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on August 20, 2011, 04:28:42 PM
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/Melancholyback1copy2.jpg)

http://soundcloud.com/seren-ffordd/a-melancholy-light

Hypnos have been reissuing many of my releases on the Umbra/Penumbra label - but not everything fits in with the series of albums so I have put A Melancholy Light (320KbsMP3) for download on Soundcloud - link above.

Thanks for listening.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on September 25, 2011, 09:34:07 AM
(http://www.archive.org/download/JOAT036/1hazefront.png)

New download release - Haze, now out on the Jerky Oats Label:
http://www.secondthought.co.uk/jerkyoats/joat036.htm

3 tracks of unreleased music and a longer version of another track from the Umbra compilation 'Foglands'.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on September 28, 2011, 02:49:46 PM
http://youtu.be/u8ZXOLiCCl8

recently got some video software - so this is my first attempt called ICE....all pictures are my own.....

any feedback appreciated.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: phobos on September 28, 2011, 03:07:27 PM
Thats a really good first video Andy, some beautiful pictures and nicely timed crossfades. I think the video and music match perfectly. Excellent :)
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Antdude on September 28, 2011, 07:20:11 PM
Very nice. I like this a lot. More please.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on September 28, 2011, 11:55:31 PM
Glad you like it.

It's taking a bit of time to work out what I can do without struggling and what might take a bit of effort or time to learn and understand.

The original on a flatscreen looks stunning..... ???if I say so myself ???....

gives me more things to think about - which is good
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Ein Sophistry on September 30, 2011, 11:36:57 AM
Awesome vid. Loving the Haze release as well. Lots of tasty darkness there.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on October 01, 2011, 03:03:53 AM
ICE (http://www.vimeo.com/29872660)

trying this out...
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on December 24, 2011, 01:07:11 PM
Hi everyone,

life's been a bit hectic recently - but thought I'd give you all a little christmas present:

Silver Wheel - long form, very static soundworld - was the first piece of music I sent Oophoi for what became The Martian Chronicles album.

Downloadable .wav file 76 minutes.

http://www.soundcloud.com/seren-ffordd (http://www.soundcloud.com/seren-ffordd)

Merry Christmas
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on January 22, 2012, 11:24:07 AM
MooN - short video using Silver Wheel

MooN (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OjXI6vRFco#ws)
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on October 25, 2012, 12:30:51 AM
Just discovered a review of The Martian Chronicles on Hypnagogue:

Drone masters Seren Fford and Oöphoi interface with the spirit of Ray Bradbury on the long-form ambient work The Martian Chronicles. This is an impressionistic work, the sounds and drones carving images of the Martian landscape in your mind. And that landscape evolves across time. At the outset, the scene is sparse, windswept red dust issuing over cold ground. A sense of loneliness gnaws through the sound. Late in the first track, “The Long Years,” the feeling is so stripped down it becomes almost unnerving. The duo carry the unease straight into “Dead Cities,” where low funereal drones moan under a quiet, freezing hush. As the piece goes along it slowly grows in vibrancy and light, moving us into a more inviting landscape. It’s the first sense of forward motion, of narrative discovery. We understand that we’re on the cusp of something, and it arrives in “Blue Fire” with some unexpected percussion. We’re taken through a brief passage with tribal overtones, like a look into some lost civilization’s past or the finding of some indigenous culture’s outpost. It’s a great touch, even as slight as it is, after such a long ambient stretch. This is where the tone of the disc begins to shift toward the optimistic and organic. Water is discovered in “Canals,” the sound quietly burbling over warm ambient cloud formations. Again, the tone here is warmer and more welcoming than in earlier tracks. We’ve arrived somehow at a different, hospitable Mars. More signs of life come with “Flamebirds Waiting for the Storm.” The chittering of a thousand electronic Martian avians bounce and dance over a virtually unchanging drone. Thunder begins to roll in the background. The simplicity of the undercurrent tone is amazingly effective, a straight-line constant against the chaos laid over it. The disc closes with the prayer-like chant of “Unremembered,” a quite straightforward ambient piece, meditative and reverent.

Throughout The Martian Chronicles, the layering of sounds is incredible. Even in the most still-wind moments there’s motion and depth and interplay. This is the kind of disc where you pop on the headphones, lay in the dark, and let your mind start building scenery. The sensations that Seren Fford and Oöphoi are able to convey through their sounds are quite visceral and moving. In addition, the movement of the disc, start to finish, is one of the best examples of creating a sonic narrative that I’ve heard in a while. There is an arc here, and it’s fully developed and completely realized. This is a truly masterful piece of work.

Thanks for the kind words John.

Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on October 25, 2012, 12:41:00 AM
and a general update - this has been a year when life sort of takes over, music fitting in between everything.......

I've been healthy but a number of family and close friends have not, a new grandson and a car that has beenin the garage almost more than it has been out.....

I nearly did a live gig - but in the end was expected to do a 6 hour piece with a weeks notice. Decided it was too tight a call and then the festival was rained off.

Have been working on an album since 2008 called Fractured, finally completed - I intend to release a Ltd edition 3 disc set (CDR) just trying to sort out artwork and stuff. 2 of the discs may be available individually via label releases will let you know if these occur.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on October 30, 2012, 02:40:36 PM
http://www.soundcloud.com/seren-ffordd (http://www.soundcloud.com/seren-ffordd)

It's my birthday today - and here is a present.

Gottwood - 1 Hr 47Mins long - Wav file.

I used the sounds gathered for the festival appearance I mentioned before - because i did not get there I've put this together.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Scott M2 on October 30, 2012, 06:34:18 PM

Have been working on an album since 2008 called Fractured, finally completed - I intend to release a Ltd edition 3 disc set (CDR) just trying to sort out artwork and stuff. 2 of the discs may be available individually via label releases will let you know if these occur.

If you release them in jewel cases, you can personally crack each one instead of leaving it to the post office.  ;)
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Ein Sophistry on October 30, 2012, 07:44:29 PM
Happy birthday, Andy!  8)

Loving Gottwood so far (only about 20 min in as of this typing); cheers for that.

Can't wait for Fractured.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Scott M2 on October 30, 2012, 08:22:21 PM
Listened through to the end of Gottwood. Dark beauty, perfect for this time of year, with lots of thunder!
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: hdibrell on October 30, 2012, 08:42:23 PM
 8)
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: ffcal on October 31, 2012, 12:13:24 PM
Happy belated birthday, Andy.  Had your Gottwood oiece on low volume at work this morning.  Sounds very swampy and tropical.  8)

Forrest
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on October 31, 2012, 02:24:12 PM

Have been working on an album since 2008 called Fractured, finally completed - I intend to release a Ltd edition 3 disc set (CDR) just trying to sort out artwork and stuff. 2 of the discs may be available individually via label releases will let you know if these occur.

If you release them in jewel cases, you can personally crack each one instead of leaving it to the post office.  ;)

 ;D 8) ;D
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on October 31, 2012, 02:30:52 PM
Thanks for the positive feedback on Gottwood guys. No synths, choirs, birds or other animals were harmed or hired in the making of the music.....

How did you find listening to an almost 2 hour piece?
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: ffcal on October 31, 2012, 03:35:59 PM
How did you find listening to an almost 2 hour piece?

It was a piece of cake.  As a environment, it could have gone on for even longer.

Forrest
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on December 13, 2012, 10:10:04 AM
Another nice review of The Martian Chronicles:

http://pingthings.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/the-martian-chronicles-by-seren-ffordd.html# (http://pingthings.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/the-martian-chronicles-by-seren-ffordd.html#)!/2012/10/the-martian-chronicles-by-seren-ffordd.html

The passing of Ray Bradbury earlier this year hit me really hard. I was a big fan of his work growing up, and the thought that his voice had been silenced really struck me as a tragedy. Certainly he'd left an incredible body of work behind, novels and short stories that will assuredly go down as some of the best literature of our time, but the idea that we would never read another new short story, or hear his thoughts on life in the future again? That his voice had been silenced seemed almost too cruel to imagine. But as horrible as it might be to imagine a world without one of our greatest writers, I am reminded of all of the people that Bradbury influenced through his work, and of all of the people who's own work has been inspired and informed by him. And while we may never read a new book by Bradbury again, we will surely continue to hear his influence for many years to come.

Recently I've been listening to an album by two artists who are no doubt very influenced by Bradbury's work and have joined forces on an impressive new release from the Hypnos label. "The Martian Chronicles" by Seren Ffordd and Oöphoi is a welcome supplement to the seminal collection of the same name, and the duo have done an admirable job of capturing the tone and feel of Bradbury's book. "The Martian Chronicles" is an excellent musical companion to the languid beauty of Bradbury's writing, and a welcome opportunity to rediscover one of Bradbury's most beloved works in a brand new light.

"The Long Years" is a piece that's divided into three distinct movements (much like the book), which bring to mind the possibility of space, the fear of the new, and the realization of self.  I'm sure I'm projecting my own thoughts about the book onto the music, but there's a very clear narrative thread here that works really nicely in my mind. Admittedly it's a subtle thing, something I have to imagine and balance in my head, but overall it works very nicely for me, and I appreciate the musical and literary symmetry that comes about as a result of that balancing.

Track two, "Dead Cities", is an excellent example of how titles influence the way I listen to music. I can't help but imagine the empty homes of Martians who have passed away due to human carelessness, a feeling of overwhelming sadness at the loss of a rich culture that we will never have the chance to connect with again.  Throughout the track there are a number of underlying themes and passages, all of which suggest a music beyond our understanding and experience, something below the surface that escapes us, and I feel a sense of regret for not having the chance or capacity to hear these themes in their full context. An emotional and evocative piece to say the least.

"Blue Fire" is a subtle piece, the sound of slowly burning embers that give off the barest of heat, but contain the memory of a raging fire that had existed before. Within the context of the book, the Blue Fire represents a Martian ascension beyond the material world, and that sense of evolution and development is implied in the track through slowly drifting pads and rising tones that take shape as time passes.  An impressive piece of music that quite appeals to this listener.

"End of a Changeling" is a shorter track clocking in at under three minutes, but in that short time it captures all of the imagery and visuals to match the catclysmic nuclear war on the Earth that ushers in the third section of the book. An evocative piece of music.

While the title would suggest the geography of Mars that Bradbury describes, the sounds of rain that usher in "Canals" reminds me more of the robot house that attends to it's family long after they've died in the war.  There's a sense of haunting beauty and forlorn wonder here, a feeling of sadness and loss that really resonates. Another great track that particularly stands out for me.

"Flamebirds Waiting for the Storm" has an eerie metallic feel to it, paired with the sound of a flock of birds. It's an odd pairing, but a surprisingly successful one that works really well within the context of the alien world that's being presented.  A very nice example of a fully realized aural landscape.

"Unremembered" ends the disc, an appropriate finish that echoes the sound of empty homes, empty spaces, and empty dreams.  There's a sense of finality and closure that's quite striking here, something that translates really well sonically and complements Bradbury's words. If you were to ask me what a deserted Martian town sounded like, this would definitely be the sound I would imagine.


Clearly Seren Ffordd and Oöphoi have a strong appreciation and admiration for Bradbury's work, and that appreciation is readily apparent in their ability to create such an excellent musical accompaniment.  As I listened to the tracks on the album I was transported to Mars in much the same wondrous way that I was when I first read "The Martian Chronicles" all those years ago, and the ability to revisit that same sense of awe and discovery is a true testament to the skill and talent of these two artists.  A great album that gets an enthusiastic round of praise from me!
 
 "The Martian Chronicles" by Seren Ffordd and Oöphoi is available from the Hypnos Website.


rik - ping things

Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on January 16, 2013, 04:04:32 PM
a bit of a left field posting.... 8)

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/martianchronicles/quiz.html (http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/martianchronicles/quiz.html)

a reviewing quiz on the book.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Antdude on January 17, 2013, 02:19:12 PM
Somehow, I've missed the cool things in this thread. That seems to be happening a lot lately. Anyway, love Gottwood mix. Downloading it now. I think I could listen to an 8-hour mix of this.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on January 21, 2013, 05:17:46 AM
Somehow, I've missed the cool things in this thread. That seems to be happening a lot lately. Anyway, love Gottwood mix. Downloading it now. I think I could listen to an 8-hour mix of this.

Glad your enjoying it. The original idea was for 8 hours or longer - I had other sounds recorded and was going to mix them very slowly over each other.

If anyone can tell us what some of the sounds in the first part are they will get a big smile......
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on August 20, 2013, 12:52:33 AM
New music available on soundcloud - http://www.soundcloud.com/seren-ffordd (http://www.soundcloud.com/seren-ffordd) - .wav file.

Halo: Umbra - Penumbra.
Halo was a work in progress when Gigi (Oophoi) sadly passed away.
Numerous artists have since released music dedicated to him and this is my addition to the wave of remembrancing to the significance that he holds in both ambient music and the hearts of those inspired by him in many ways.
Similar to others experience of his friendship, Gigi encouraged and supported my music and creativity.
Halo represents the light that surrounds each of us and it’s.
Halo was created almost entirely with recording the sound of a wine glass in various ways and then transforming the sound with effects and processes.

Please feel free to download and burn to disc - artwork for jewel cases in next posts:

Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on August 20, 2013, 12:53:51 AM
Halo Front cover -
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/Halofront.jpg)

Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on August 20, 2013, 12:54:43 AM
HALO back cover -
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/haloback.jpg)
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Earth_Orbit on August 25, 2013, 01:29:42 PM
Thank you for posting this!

I'm a big fan of Gigi the artist and the person, very excited to hear this.

Also, I recently picked up Stellar Nurseries during the Hypnos sale.  It was the first record of yours that I had heard and was really impressed with the engineering and the composition.  Some of the most textured, powerful and controlled low-frequency I've ever heard.

Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: judd stephens on August 25, 2013, 07:57:53 PM
Magestic.  8)
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on August 27, 2013, 12:30:17 AM
Thank you for posting this!

I'm a big fan of Gigi the artist and the person, very excited to hear this.

Also, I recently picked up Stellar Nurseries during the Hypnos sale.  It was the first record of yours that I had heard and was really impressed with the engineering and the composition.  Some of the most textured, powerful and controlled low-frequency I've ever heard.

Thanks for the compliments on Stellar Nurseries - sometimes I look back on the early releases and wonder about them - are they any good?, would I do it like that again? - so your comments are good to hear.

Glad you enjoyed Halo too.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on August 27, 2013, 12:30:46 AM
Magestic.  8)

 8) 8)
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: phobos on August 29, 2013, 04:48:45 AM
Downloaded this the other day, and looking forward to giving it my full attention over the coming weekend. Thanks Andy :) 8)
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on December 20, 2013, 01:53:01 AM
I've started putting music onto bandcamp - http://serenffordd.bandcamp.com (http://serenffordd.bandcamp.com) - no longer putting much on Soundcloud....will update if and when i do.

Also some new additions to my studio:

Stagg Electric fretless bass
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/IMG_1735.jpg)

Current rack set up including new Electrix Repeater and TC Fireworx
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/IMG_1753.jpg)

and overall picture
(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc98/SerenFfordd/IMG_1751.jpg)

Hoping to get some time over the hoildays to play around and explore
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Castleview on December 23, 2013, 01:42:24 PM
I started listening to Strands and I love it so far. I need to listen to more of your music.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on December 24, 2013, 03:10:13 AM
thanks for the thumbs up - glad you are enjoying Strands.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Castleview on December 25, 2013, 04:05:06 PM
No problem.

Also, you might be interested in my newest release:

http://castleview.bandcamp.com/album/artifacts (http://castleview.bandcamp.com/album/artifacts)

If you have the time, feel free to give it a chance.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on February 17, 2014, 03:00:16 PM
New album out on bandcamp - free download

(https://f0.bcbits.com/img/a4276477153_2.jpg)

https://serenffordd.bandcamp.com/album/strands-v

recorded only with electric guitar and fretless electric bass.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: hdibrell on February 22, 2014, 06:27:58 PM
I downloaded this recently and am really enjoying it. I prefer the final mix version although the quiet version is nice also. Great job, Andy!
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on February 23, 2014, 10:31:24 AM
Thanks Harry, glad you like the music.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Castleview on February 23, 2014, 10:58:25 AM
Great album.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on February 24, 2014, 09:58:34 AM
Great album.

Thanks for the thumbs up  8)
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on June 19, 2014, 12:41:09 AM
BBC radio 4 on saturday 21st June at 14.30 is broadcasting a recording of Ray bradbury's book 'The Martian Chronicles'....

If you've not read it you can hear a version of it here.

They did 'The Illustrated Man' last week which was quite good.

I suspect they haven't used any music from the album.....
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Analoguekid on June 21, 2014, 03:30:56 PM
BBC radio 4 on saturday 21st June at 14.30 is broadcasting a recording of Ray bradbury's book 'The Martian Chronicles'....

If you've not read it you can hear a version of it here.

They did 'The Illustrated Man' last week which was quite good.

I suspect they haven't used any music from the album.....

Did they use any of your music Andy?
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Post by: Seren on June 23, 2014, 02:41:00 AM
Have not listened to it yet - but they did not ask for any of our music - so i suspect the amatuers at the BBC radiophonic workshop did it all :o ;) 8)
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Analoguekid on June 23, 2014, 12:33:01 PM
Have not listened to it yet - but they did not ask for any of our music - so i suspect the amatuers at the BBC radiophonic workshop did it all :o ;) 8)

 ;) ;) 8)
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on July 07, 2014, 12:36:35 AM
Slowly putting up the Umbra/HSS releases on Bandcamp - currently Stellar Nurseries, Arhythmia and Floating.

Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Analoguekid on July 07, 2014, 01:05:53 PM
Slowly putting up the Umbra/HSS releases on Bandcamp - currently Stellar Nurseries, Arhythmia and Floating.

:-) :-)
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Post by: Seren on August 14, 2014, 06:54:52 AM
New release coming out on relaxed Machinery:

http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/rm-seren-ffordd-fractured-iii-shards-coming-aug-22 (http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/rm-seren-ffordd-fractured-iii-shards-coming-aug-22)

(http://api.ning.com/files/pXWI1kxUZH6YhMs5DQcTvT9rxBCRMpd7QDYvvme9gv3VggIwxzoX7-KEZgTO-X3GxXPU*N7CrLl1L8G5K3idr0c0PMnRePvS/rM_0045_SerenFfordd_FracturedIII_1400x1400.jpg?width=750)

Will be available as a download from Bandcamp.

Shards is the 3rd album in the Fractured trilogy.
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Post by: Analoguekid on August 14, 2014, 07:19:06 AM
New release coming out on relaxed Machinery:

http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/rm-seren-ffordd-fractured-iii-shards-coming-aug-22 (http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/rm-seren-ffordd-fractured-iii-shards-coming-aug-22)

(http://api.ning.com/files/pXWI1kxUZH6YhMs5DQcTvT9rxBCRMpd7QDYvvme9gv3VggIwxzoX7-KEZgTO-X3GxXPU*N7CrLl1L8G5K3idr0c0PMnRePvS/rM_0045_SerenFfordd_FracturedIII_1400x1400.jpg?width=750)

Will be available as a download from Bandcamp.

Shards is the 3rd album in the Fractured trilogy.

All the very best with this one Andy and its a great cover :-)
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on August 14, 2014, 07:32:36 AM
Thanks Martyn, it took a little work in photoshop to get it like that.

The photo was a sunrise from the base of an iron age fort in south wales - Llancayo.
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Post by: phobos on August 14, 2014, 11:40:43 AM
Good luck with this Andy, and yes artwork is very nice.
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Post by: thirdsystem on August 15, 2014, 02:25:05 PM
mmhh........... Iron Age Fort as inspiration perhaps? I am right into all that ancient ( Pictish ;) ) history btw.

Will look out on bandcamp on the 22ndish August.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on August 16, 2014, 05:37:09 AM
I'd been to the fort on a number of times previously so the fort itself was not the inspiration -but I was looking for a particular quality of light for the artwork (before I started messing with it).

You may find 'The Keys to Avalon' a very interesting book if you are interested in that aspect of history and getting a more accurate picture of what did and did not happen.....if you read it Id be interested in your thoughts....
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Post by: thirdsystem on August 16, 2014, 07:42:48 AM
That sounds an interesting read right enough.

I have recently bought 3 books ; The Picts A History, Before Scotland, Archaeology and Early History of Angus. Currently researching this era of the start of civilisation  ;) Loads of ancient Pictish stones, forts etc round about my area.

Have some musical ideas kicking about on this theme also if I ever get my finger out and get back into recording again.

Looking forward to hearing your new release.
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Post by: Seren on August 16, 2014, 10:12:26 AM
That sounds an interesting read right enough.

I have recently bought 3 books ; The Picts A History, Before Scotland, Archaeology and Early History of Angus. Currently researching this era of the start of civilisation  ;) Loads of ancient Pictish stones, forts etc round about my area.

Have some musical ideas kicking about on this theme also if I ever get my finger out and get back into recording again.

Looking forward to hearing your new release.

You might enjoy listening to 'Lament of a Forgotten God' on my bandcamp page too - I think there are images of the cover somewhere back in this thread...
added - page 2
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Post by: jkn on August 20, 2014, 05:54:39 AM
I'm very glad to help put this album out there... it's drone... sometimes darker.  I like it.  :-)
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Post by: Antdude on August 21, 2014, 04:53:30 PM
Listening to Shards right now. I like the dark droning in this one. I'm hearing shades of Wendy Carlos' "Sonic Seasonings" here. Very nice.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on August 22, 2014, 12:03:42 AM
Thanks Antdude.

Here is the link to the album

https://serenffordd.bandcamp.com/album/shards-of-ashen-light-and-burning-dark

Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on August 23, 2014, 04:01:29 AM
On rM I was asked if I could say more about the Fractured trilogy and why the use of acoustic sound sources:

The Fractured trilogy developed over a number of years from the initial inspiration – the moment of ‘fracture’ when a musician pours the first sound into the waiting space, breaking the silence.


Initially I hoped it would be a single release. I was going to record an album where I fractured sound in a variety of ways, but with an extra twist….I wanted to keep the foundation of each track in the same order, but shift the later additions around creating 4 versions of the album – so if people were commenting about the music even the feedback would be fractured as people tried to understand why they were hearing the same things but in different places…..


Unfortunately it sounded like crap – the tracks had their own integrity and cohesion, despite the concept and sound processing, they could not be broken in that way.


Over time I found a variety of ways of ‘playing’ with the music – out of which Fractured II arose, as I continued to record and explored other sounds ‘Shards’ started to materialise.


Fractured I is on the way to release – and I like the way it is coming after the third part, continuing the concept in yet another way.


Fractured II (7 Broken Mirrors) will appear last, self released on Bandcamp. It will include a bunch of artwork images that I originally designed for a very limited 3 disc set.


As for the acoustic aspect – a bit of background – I love being in wild places where there are little or no sound of human activity. I had the pleasure of living and working in a large ancient forest in North Wales for about 5 years. Many people could not understand why I did not take a walkman….But I loved the ‘silence’ and by merging into it I met some very interesting beings in the woods, like a snake that always shed it’s skin in the same place, like birds of prey that came really close because I was not noisy or ‘separate’.


I find acoustic sounds more subtle, complex etc than a guitar or even a synth. The susurrations of tree leaves in the wind, the complex interplay of quiet sounds in a gentle stream. Listening to these I find myself drifting through the sounds, drawn to this, then called by that. Given my history of laying in Motorhead bass bins as a youngster……


I used field recorder to capture sounds from all sorts of places – such as wine glass for Shards, bird wing for Fractured etc. Then I started playing with them in a number of ways including separating out frequencies in a single sound and then shifting them in time so they shifted through each other. I might pass a sound through a number of effects, then back again, then pull out certain frequencies or textures – finding aspects of the sound not usually heard. Often I layered different treatments of the same sound together, creating new and shifting textures.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Analoguekid on August 23, 2014, 12:12:41 PM
That's a great write up Andy :-)
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Post by: Ein Sophistry on August 31, 2014, 09:22:29 PM
Really enjoying this.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Castleview on September 02, 2014, 07:46:18 PM
I was listening to the new album yesterday or the day before and I liked it. I like the fact that you used acoustic sources only.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on September 03, 2014, 03:05:46 AM
Thanks for the thumbs up on the music.

I also like that I can't remember how made some of the sounds, so they are unique to the album as i can't reproduce them.
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Post by: thirdsystem on September 03, 2014, 04:02:08 AM
Had a listen to the Bandcamp stream last week Andy, before other events took over my existence  ::)

Liked it a lot, the originality stands out, will get the download imminently.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on September 03, 2014, 04:46:32 AM
Had a listen to the Bandcamp stream last week Andy, before other events took over my existence  ::)

Liked it a lot, the originality stands out, will get the download imminently.

Thanks for the support and interest everyone.

I know it is unfasionable but I am interested in what people experience when listening to the sounds/music and any thoughts or comments - either public or message are much appreciated.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Poaalpina on September 04, 2014, 01:43:27 AM
Seren Ffordd & Oophoi | Dreaming Waters (201?)  :o
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Post by: jkn on September 04, 2014, 05:31:39 AM
Rusty at SomaFM is adding tracks from Andy's Fractured III - Shards to the rotation on Drone Zone and possibly other stations.  I'm pretty happy about that!   http://somafm.com/ (http://somafm.com/)

John
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Castleview on September 04, 2014, 07:21:35 PM
Thanks for the thumbs up on the music.

I also like that I can't remember how made some of the sounds, so they are unique to the album as i can't reproduce them.

That happens to me quite a bit too.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on November 01, 2015, 07:45:40 AM
(http://databloem.com/928-thickbox_default/seren-ffordd-fractured.jpg)

New release.
Fractured out now on Databloem (http://databloem.com/home/877-seren-ffordd-fractured.html) and Seren Ffordd Bandcamp page (https://serenffordd.bandcamp.com/album/fractured)

The first act of any musician is to break the silence.
Rending the quiet by pouring sound into the waiting space, as savagely as a lightning strike or as gently as an unfolding rose.
I was intrigued by this sense of breaking, of the Fracture where the front of the soundwave disturbs the silence, creating the ripples that transform the still surface of a pond, Scattering reflections like a Shattered mirror. This album came out of a wish to hear sound Split and Torn.
What would a sound sound like if the frequencies were Peeled apart like light in a rainbow, if tones or sections come at different times or from different parts of the stereo image? What would they sound like if their edges were Blurred, Curdled, Sliced - Merging into and out of each other?
The ideas, music, titles and art all grew from this seed. This Breaking of the silence emerged together, not as a whole - but as the infinite flashes of light reflecting off spinning shards of glass.
‘Fractured’, is a journey into Splitting, Melting and Tearing. Many of the sounds are unrecognisable. Some appear more than once, but Slivered, Hacked, Severed into different shapes and tones.
A few are heard as they occurred, a contrast to the Broken edges around them.
One track includes a severe recycling of a previously released piece of music – the only other non acoustic sound is heard at the end of the album.
The music is at times Slow, Complex, Noisy, Harsh – it is in places Beautiful, Dense, Spiky.
Sources include: bird wing, water, tin foil, drum, gongs, cardboard, bells, beads, dice, gourds, voice, glass, bone whistle and flute.
Recorded in the StarWeb studio between 2008 and 2013 with Roland VS2480, Korg D16, Korg MR1, TC M3000, Sony and Tascam minidisc recorders, Sennheiser and AKG microphones, Sonar 5.
Dedicated as ever to my wife, for her patience.
Fractured:
I – Near Silence – 10.00
II – A Heavy Bone – 10.00
III – Broken by the Desert Heat – 10.00
IV – In the Shadow of a Heron’s Wing
V - Under the Stark and Dreaming Tress – 10.00
VI - Nothing is not No Thing – 10.00
Fractured was originally finished in 2012 and it has been a long journey to its release. Many Thanks to Dennis at Databloem for releasing the music on his label.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: phobos on November 01, 2015, 08:28:37 AM
Congratulations Andy on finally getting it out there. Hope it does well for you.   :)
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Post by: Antdude on November 01, 2015, 12:06:43 PM
Just picked this up. Quite a dense, swirling maze of cool stuff. Many long headphone journeys in here.
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Post by: Analoguekid on November 01, 2015, 12:48:08 PM
well done Andy and very best of luck with this -)
 :) :) :)
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Post by: Seren on January 06, 2016, 03:52:15 PM
(https://f1.bcbits.com/img/a2933221325_16.jpg)

Hi everyone,

Fractured II - 7 Broken Mirrors is now out on bandcamp, finally completing the trilogy.

https://serenffordd.bandcamp.com/album/fractured-ii-7-broken-mirrors

- pay what you want release that also includes all the original artwork for the intended but never materialised 3 disc limited edition.

The blurb:
Fractured II – 7 Broken Mirrors
Originally intended as the second part of the Fractured Trilogy, 7 broken Mirrors is a reworking of the first album into a long form piece.
It takes ‘Fractured’ and turns it in on itself.
The intention had been to create a Fractured limited edition 3 disc album with specific artwork for both the cover and cards detailing the thoughts behind each track. Similarly there had been a thought to create a number of versions of Fractured with all the same sounds, but mixed up in different places on the album, so listeners would be hearing different things to each other....
But it was some time trying to find a home for the first album (until Dennis at Databloem kindly picked up the release) and in the wait, life moved on and the momentum was unfortunately lost.
7 Broken Mirrors is offered as a free release with all the original artwork included.
If you do decide to have a go at printing it all off – I’d like to see any photos of it -  serenffordd@hypnos.com
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on April 26, 2017, 01:50:40 PM
Wow, over a year.....

It's been a year of change - what with moving house and friends dying it's been busy - lots of things I've been involved in have also changed...and I am just getting things back into gear for recording again.

Studio has been set up for a while and I've been tinkering with a piece that was on the go when we started looking for houses....uncertain what else I'll pick back up or whether to start with completely fresh.

I am working on getting some out of print and unreleased music onto Bandcamp
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on April 26, 2017, 01:55:30 PM
and the first is

(https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a1439382965_16.jpg)

https://serenffordd.bandcamp.com/album/aurora

music from two releases on Oophoi's Penumbra label in 2005 and 2006.

Recorded on very basic equipment - Aurora on a borrowed kids keyboard and Korg D-16 - no effects units or anything.
   Gateway and The Portal's Dreaming was on a technics keyboard and the same D-16.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on April 27, 2017, 12:33:48 PM
(https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3429085430_16.jpg)

now out on bandcamp

https://serenffordd.bandcamp.com/album/calling
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on April 29, 2017, 11:32:47 AM
(https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a1289582890_16.jpg)

Now available on Bandcamp

https://serenffordd.bandcamp.com/album/ydd-hwnt-y-seren-a-llygedin

Synth only album, first released on Oophoi's Umbra label in 2006.
   I bought the Novation from Gigi and it was used in various of his releases including The Dreaming of Shells.
Title: Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
Post by: Seren on May 05, 2017, 02:19:55 PM
and the last in this little batch

(https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a1395257395_16.jpg)

https://serenffordd.bandcamp.com/album/the-quiet-labyrinth (https://serenffordd.bandcamp.com/album/the-quiet-labyrinth)

Originally released by Gigi on his Umbra label
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Post by: Seren on June 10, 2017, 03:33:34 PM
New release on Bandcamp

(https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3941965163_16.jpg)

Inspired by the following BBC image - particularly at 20,000,000,000 years in the future....

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140105-timeline-of-the-far-future

(I did try to attach the image but too wide....)