Dutch Uncles musician Robin Richards moonlights as a daring modern classical composer.
Working on the boundaries of contemporary music, his new solo EP 'Castel' is a remarkably body of work, and it lands on December 6th through PRAH Recordings.
New song 'Gefail Yr Ynys' is a wonderful example of his free-thinking artistry, constructed from found-sounds he recorded while visiting the eponymous forge in Caernarfon, Wales.
Heavy duty techno with a (literal) metallic feel, it's very much linked to the environment it was constructed in.
A testament both to Robin Richards' ingenuity and the landscape that surrounded him, it's a highly unique piece of music.
"When I first visited the Gefail Yr Ynys forge at the start of my artist residency in Caernarfon, I wanted to utilise the room’s sonic potential and craft rhythms out of the incidental sounds recorded while the blacksmiths were working."
"I spent a day recording Dylan Parry sculpting a Welsh dragon from iron in the forge. The initial rhythm heard is the sound of the blacksmith banging the metal dragon into shape and knocking ash off the hammer. I noticed that the blacksmith’s thudding had a natural 120bpm rhythm to it."
"It also features recordings of the boats docked in the harbour and a steam train, adding layers to a piece dedicated to the industrial heritage of the Welsh town and its people."
Tune in now.
Photo Credit: Guy Bolongaro
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