21.01.13: Permalink » Wandermude and Amplified Gesture released today, 21st January
These two new Samadhisound editions are released today (Monday 21st January 2013). They are both available in the Samadhisound shop.
10.12.12: Permalink » Wandermüde and Amplified Gesture
As of today, both Wandermüde and Amplified Gesture may be pre-ordered from the samadhisound shop. Anyone pre-ordering Wandermüde from the samadhisound shop, will receive a free download of the entire album as 320kbps mp3s (a download link will be found in the email confirmation from the store after purchase). For those wishing to purchase Wandermüde as either MP3s or FLAC files, these are also available as of now.
David Sylvian’s experimental breakthrough Blemish sees a new interpretation in the album Wandermüde, by the remarkable electroacoustic musician Stephan Mathieu. Working from the instrumental source material, Mathieu brings us a new experience of the most stirring textures and darkest thoughts from this pivotal album.
Mathieu first collaborated with Sylvian at 2011’s Punkt festival in Kristiansand, Norway, when he performed a live remix of Sylvian’s ambient classic Plight and Premonition. Sylvian recently began work on an iOS application to display a collection of his digital photography. He invited Mathieu to develop an ambient score for the application, using material from 2003’s Blemish.
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.
03.09.12: Permalink » David contributes a vocal to L A N D
The debut album by L A N D, entitled Night Within, is available now on CD and limited edition vinyl and features david as guest vocalist on the track 'nothing is happening everywhere'.
"This is easily one of the most intriguing and enigmatic debuts to surface this year, as two musicians that I am completely unfamiliar with have managed to assemble a killer noir jazz ensemble and enlist collaborators as impressive as Ben Frost and David Sylvian." Brainwashed
For more info click here
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.
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.
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.
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.
27.02.12: Permalink » 'Glowing Enigmas' exhibition, Tokyo Japan.
The Impossible Project will be exhibiting a unique series of polaroids by david sylvian. The show, entitled 'Glowing Enigmas', will open on April 20th 2012 and remain on display for one month. The exhibit contains 141 new photographs and was commissioned by the Tokyo based 'Impossible Project'.
for more information: www.the-impossible-project
21.02.12: Permalink » David Sylvian - "A Victim of Stars 1982-2012"
A Victim Of Stars 1982-2012 brings together the last 30 years of David Sylvian's solo career, encompassing material released with Virgin Records, along with more recent work released on his own label Samadhisound, including a new recording 'Where's Your Gravity?' which is exclusive to this compilation.
The Ink In The Well
Taking The Veil
Let The Happiness In
Every Colour You Are
Heartbeat (Tainai Kaiki II)
Jean The Birdman
A Fire In The Forest
The Only Daughter
Late Night Shopping
The Banality Of Evil
Snow White in Appalachia
Small Metal Gods
I Should Not Dare
Where's Your Gravity?
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Died in the Wool artwork: George Bolster. David Sylvian portrait and related drawings: Atsushi Fukui. Woodland imagery: Ruud Van Empel, study in green nos 1, 5, 8 (2003) study in green no 16 (2004), courtesy Flatland Gallery, Utrecht, The Netherlands.