‘there’s a light that enters houses with no other house in sight’

20.10.14: Permalink » ‘there’s a light that enters houses with no other house in sight’

Samadhisound is proud to announce the release of David Sylvian’s new long form composition; ‘there’s a light that enters houses with no other house in sight.’ A unique collaboration with American Pulitzer Prize winning poet Franz Wright, featuring contributions from Christian Fennesz and John Tilbury.

The release will be available in three editions: A limited deluxe edition – now sold out – in an embossed cloth bound book featuring selected poems from Kindertotenwald as read by Franz Wright with contributions from three renowned photographers assembled by Sylvian to illustrate the edition.

The second edition – still on sale – is a digipak showcasing photographic artwork by Nicholas Hughes. The third is a digital download with extensive digital booklet. All art directed by Sylvian and designed by Chris Bigg.

”In September 2011, at the time of its publication, I read Franz Wright's Kindertotenwald. I was familiar with Franz’s earlier work but something about the subject matter of this collection resonated with me as if my psyche had momentarily found an echo in tune with, but more eloquent than, its own internal voice. There’s a knowledge of the world in Wright’s work (not world weary but wary of the false note, pulsing with a current that comes from bearing witness to what's ‘real’ whilst remaining vigilant of the tide of delusion and vanity that threatens to engulf us) that omits neither light nor dark but embraces both. Here’s a man who’s been to the other side and returned or remained to tell of what he’d seen, not without sacrifice, nor a wonderfully dark vein of wry humour… On embracing the offer of a brief tour with friend and collaborator, Christian Fennesz, I came to the conclusion that it was better to find a focus for the work prior to touring than to attempt a form of free improvisation. The starting point in my mind was Franz and Kindertotenwald…

I composed the bulk of the material in transit on a laptop with no additional hardware. I thought of the piece more as a remix of many sampled soundbites, granulated and looped, carefully distilled elements drawn together to form ‘movements’ which worked in support of and/or complimented Wright’s readings. Christian and I took a rough form of this composition on tour with us in Sept-Oct 2013. Once I’d spent enough time away from the blueprint I returned with the intention of elaborating upon the initial composition for future release. Christian recorded some of the beautiful additions he’d refined on the tour, John Tilbury brought his superior talents to compliment my own piano contributions and, with the addition of some samples from prior sessions with Otomo (Yoshihide) and Toshimaru (Nakamura), as well as some electronics of my own, the work was mixed, again, in transit as my life continued, indeed continues, to take unforeseen twists and turns.

Franz Wright has defied expectations and all prior prognoses and has returned from the precipice that is terminal cancer to a precarious, but passionately lived and thoroughly exploited, state of grace. He has been treated for lung cancer for four years now, and both he and his wife, Beth, have been through some incredibly trying times “…(which) I can only describe as like nothing I could ever previously have imagined, not even in dreams. Is death the mother of beauty? How one loves such huge sayings when young, and how oddly self-conscious they seem, logic dressed up in poetry’s clothing and thus ultimately shallow, like discussions about the unconscious which naturally cause it to flee. I cannot depict in any way the appearance of things in light of death’s imminence—With regard to writing itself, never have I felt such a wildly enthusiastic freedom , a willingness to try anything, a surefooted confidence that there is a perfectly simple and clear way, in a very small space, for a language conscious of its limitations and—I think of Orwell’s remark comparing good prose—I would add poetry, in many cases, ought to be like a window, one I suppose of crystalline spotlessness—the way it renders other things visible, beyond itself, not just itself…” – David Sylvian, June 24 2014


Read the full essay here.
Purchase the digipak CD edition.
(Includes FLAC/MP3 download bundle.)

More info on Franz Wright.
Audio samples can be heard here.
Visit the microsite.



An Anomaly, remixed by Gilbert Nouno

17.12.13: Permalink » An Anomaly, remixed by Gilbert Nouno

‘An Anomaly’

Remix by Gilbert Nouno with gratitude to Dai. ‘Anomaly at Taw Head’ originally from the album Died in the Wool.



Do You Know Me Now?

06.08.13: Permalink » Do You Know Me Now?

A one-time pressing of a limited edition 10” vinyl release from David Sylvian and the samadhisound label.

Buy the limited 10” vinyl + flac + 320kbps mp3 instant download
Buy the limited 10” vinyl + 320kbps mp3 instant download

Earlier this year, David was invited to participate in an installation by the visual artist Phil Collins, entitled “My heart’s in my hand, and my hand is pierced, and my hand’s in the bag, and the bag is shut, and my heart is caught” (after Genet).

A number of musicians were given, with the consent of those using the phone, anonymously recorded telephone conversations from a booth housed in a homeless centre in the centre of Cologne, from which to construct a composition of their choosing incorporating the text either directly or indirectly as each participant saw fit.

The resulting work was played back in specially designed listening booths in the museum itself. The conversations that david received resulted in the song “Do You Know Me Now?”, released for the first time on the samadhisound label on 10” vinyl and as digital files.

The A-side is backed by a re-mastered version of the song “Where’s Your Gravity?”, which first appeared on the EMI compilation A Victim of Stars. The package is beautifully designed by Chris Bigg, and each mail ordered copy will be signed by David himself.

The installation was successfully housed in the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, from April 18 through to July 21 2013, and will travel further afield later in the year.

For further information and sound samples, please visit www.davidsylvian.com/doyouknowmenow



David Sylvian: Abandon/Hope

03.06.13: Permalink » David Sylvian: Abandon/Hope

In Japan this summer there will be two, simultaneously held, photographic exhibitions by David Sylvian. Abandon will open in Tokyo on the July 22nd at Spiral Garden. The second, Hope, opens on July 20th in an abandoned building located in the port town of Uno (Okayama) as part of the Setouchi International Art festival 2013.

The current details are as follows:

Abandon/Hope
from 22nd July - 29th July
Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan

Abandon/Hope
from 20th July - 1st September
Uno (Okayama), Japan. Commissioned by the Setouchi International Art festival 2013 (Setouchi Triennale).

The project Abandon/Hope also incorporates two especially commissioned sound installations, curated by David, as part of the Setouchi Art Festival 2013.

The sound installation is divided into two sections: 1) a composition by Taylor Deupree, entitled 'Too Close To Being Far Away From Everything'. This can be heard via a playbutton (MP3 player) for rent or purchase from the mobile Kiosk in Uno. 2) A reading of various quotations by several famous philosophers broadcast by loudspeaker from the mobile KIOSK.

For further information contact: contact@eyesencia.com



Amplified Gesture

10.12.12: Permalink » Amplified Gesture

As of today, Amplified Gesture may be pre-ordered from the samadhisound shop.

Amplified Gesture, the deluxe edition of David Sylvian’s groundbreaking album Manafon, explores the journeys and philosophies of a select group of experimental musicians including Keith Rowe, Evan Parker, Eddie Prevost, Otomo Yoshihide, Toshimaru Nakamura and Christian Fennesz. It's an intimate, eloquent, captivating document of a thriving and endlessly renewable music scene.

Revised and re-visited, this DVD release features a new chapter, entitled ‘The Collective’, plus numerous extras including outtakes from interviews plus artist biographies. Also included on the disc is a short introductory film, written, directed and narrated by David Sylvian. ‘A Man of No Significance’ documents the journey and modus operandi of the Manafon recording sessions and the creative rationale for the production of the film.

More information on the Amplified Gesture microsite
Purchase in the Samadhisound Shop



Uncommon Deities

13.08.12: Permalink » Uncommon Deities

Samadhisound will be releasing Uncommon Deities on the 24th September 2012. Last year's Punkt Festival played host to Uncommon Deities, an unusual confluence of talents and media. Walking into the gallery’s large space, visitors were greeted by a series of paintings by Atsushi Fukui that culminated in the striking, hermaphroditic figure in “The Botanist.” An audio installation by David Sylvian filled the space, and the opening night celebration brought poets and musicians into the mix: the acclaimed Norwegian poets Paal-Helge Haugen and Nils Christian Moe Repstad read alongside Evan Parker and Arve Henriksen, and their works were read in English by Sylvian, whose recorded voice was accompanied by John Tilbury, Philip Jeck, and Sidsel Endresen.

The CD release of Uncommon Deities isn’t a document of the installation, but a reinvention: the poems and Sylvian’s readings are placed in new settings by Jan Bang and Erik Honoré.

The cofounders of the Punkt festival and close collaborators on the original installation, Bang and Honoré draw on new performances by the deeply sympathetic trumpeter Arve Henriksen and the startling, elemental singer Sidsel Endresen. These improvisations join live material captured at last year’s Punkt events, in a production that’s spacious and atmospheric, somber and escapist, light-hearted and steeped in history—a recording as rich as the ancestry of the work that inspired it.

There will be two editions made available for pre-order from today. These will ship as soon as stock arrives into the warehouse (likely to be before the 24th Sep).


Standard Edition ($15.99)

Presented in a 6 panel digipak (with a matte laminate finish) featuring artwork by Hannah Bertram, art direction by David Sylvian, designed by Chris Bigg, the standard edition CD comes with a credit sheet folded and inserted into the digipak itself. This is limited to a pressing of 3000 units.

Purchase in the Samadhisound Shop.


Limited Edition Deluxe Version ($40.00)

Limited to a print run of 1000 units, this deluxe version of Uncommon Deities is A5 in size (150mm x 210mm), and comes with a rigid hardback cover, with matte laminate finish. This is inserted into a half size 150mm x 105mm O-Card belly band, which is made of grey back board with blind embossed typography.

The book itself is 44 pages in length, 4 colour with special 5th colour gold print, and contains the album's poetry in both English and the original Norwegian with the CD housed in a pocketed sleeve.

The package features artwork by Hannah Bertram, art direction by David Sylvian, and was designed by Chris Bigg.

Purchase in the Samadhisound Shop.


Please click here to be taken to the Uncommon Deities microsite.

Please click here to visit the Samadhisound Shop.

Please click here to see a film by Marc Atkins and Chris Bigg for the track "The God of Single Cell Organisms".



Limited Edition Poster

17.04.12: Permalink » Limited Edition Poster

Available as of today, a limited edition poster of the iconic image of David Sylvian, taken by Yuka Fujii on Mont Blanc in 1984, as featured on the cover of the recently released 'a victim of stars' compilation. this is the first occasion on which samadhisound have produced a poster of any kind and, in this instance, with the cooperation of the somewhat reticent photographer whose permission for use of her work in this capacity is rarely granted.

Measuring 24" x 36", and printed on 216 gsm quality paper, the poster, designed by Chris Bigg and strictly limited to just 500 units, will be packaged in a sturdy triangular poster tube for immediate dispatch.

This item is priced at $30.00 (plus postage and packing). Please click here to be taken to the shop.




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