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Salt Garden 2

Ltd Edition Presale exclusively through Headphone Dust

NOTE :: The standard editions will be available to order from Omnempathy in June.

The new EP from Fovea Hex THE SALT GARDEN 2 will be released on 21st June, 2017 on Steven Wilson’s Headphone Dust label. Steven has long been a fan of Fovea Hex, who also count David Lynch, Brian Eno and Underworld amongst their admirers.

The Salt Garden 2 is the follow up to the critically lauded The Salt Garden 1,’s Single of the Year 2016. Issued in 3 standard editions; 10 inch vinyl + CD, CD only, Digital Download. There will also be a limited edition release featuring a bonus remix CD by our special guest, the mysterious Serbian soundscape composer Abul Mogard. This ltd edition will only be available online via Headphone Dust, Die Stadt, Janet Records, ICR and Omnempathy.

The core ensemble of Clodagh Simonds, Michael Begg, Colin Potter, Laura Sheeran, Cora Venus Lunny and Kate Ellis is joined by special guests Brian Eno and Justin Grounds.
Critical Reaction to The Salt Garden 1

Brainwashed (Readers Poll Winner, Single of the Year, 2016)
“Another beautiful piece in a flawless catalog… The first installment of a new series of Fovea Hex EPs is reason enough for 2016 to exist”

A Closer Listen
“The group tends to fall off the radar every few years, only to resurface with a quiet vengeance… Fovea Hex makes music when it’s good and ready, and now is the time.”

Vital Weekly, Frans de Waard
“This music elevates to an entirely different atmosphere, not of this world. This is twenty-one minutes of heavenly bliss.”

Heathen Harvest
“The Salt Garden I is a box of delicate mysteries with no resolutions, and it’s all the better for it. As brief as it is beautiful, it leaves the listener simultaneously reeling with the emotions it draws forth, and awaiting further installments to come.”

“The superlatives left to describe this unique chamber ensemble are fast running out… It is always an unmitigated pleasure to enter this house and warm oneself by its smoldering sod fire.”

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A Moon That Lights Itself

New release by
Michael Begg

CD / Digital (Bandcamp)

Release Date – 14th November 2016

Early in 2016 Michael Begg was commissioned by Scottish National Galleries to compose a new musical work based around the 19th century painter Charles François Daubigny. Daubigny has in recent times been recognised as one of the principal figures contributing towards the emergence of the impressionist movement.

The resulting work, A Moon That Lights Itself, was premiered at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh on September 16th 2016, with Begg being accompanied by cellist Clea Friend.

this studio recording of the work was completed by Michael Begg immediately following the performance.


During the 1870s, Charles François Daubigny, in the last years of his life, took increasingly to painting nocturnal scenes en plain air from his boat studio, Le Bottin. This was a period in time when the idea of the musical nocturne had progressed from being an indication of what point during the evening a particular piece of music should be played, towards becoming an articulation of the unique atmosphere and emotion occasioned by moonlight.

At this time, elsewhere in France, Edouard-Lean Scott de Martinville conceived and produced the phonautogragh. This device, appearing years before Edison’s phonograph, enabled sound, for the first time, to be captured. Unlike Edison, however, de Martinville neglected – or saw no need – to provide the means to playback the recording. Rather, a visual representation was captured on a lamp black cylinder.

It wasn’t until 2008 when researchers at Berkeley University used digital technology to recover the audio. The recording, the first ever made, was of a human voice singing Au Clair De La Lune.

For further background on the context of this recording the National Galleries blog published an article by Begg in which he discusses his approach to the commission:

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9 new tracks by Michael Begg | Human Greed:

The Garden
Da Pacem (apres Arvo)
Psalom (Live dans l’église Ste. Kasey, Samoens)
Pastorale (apres Schnittke)
Once More In The Fortress
Ameland et Amsterdam

Michael Begg :
After releasing World Fair (Omnempathy, 2014) I became a sketchbook. I had a few creases and the best way of smoothing them out was to take a swift, light touch and make marks on paper. I documented the landscape in East Lothian, and the watercolours were nothing more than the evidence of time spent looking. And that was enough. I sketched notes about silence, about space and place, music and recording. I took one step to the side and listened to the time rush by. I applied the same light touch to the studio. I sketched. It was enough. I somehow, briefly, removed ambition and purpose and found, in the winter, a moment of repose.
I now feel like some little winter animal, a hivernant, arising from sleep.
Like Dirt On Earth, Hivernant is, I think, a political statement, albeit one that I cannot yet articulate in terms other than of itself. It may have something to do with retreat, with acknowledging one’s influences, with abdication of the self, with producing work as something other than a reaction. It is another Pocket Of Resistance
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World Fair In Landscape

The paperback edition of Michael Begg’s World Fair In Landscape is now available on demand from Lulu…

The book features text from the album World Fair accompanied with Begg’s  black and white photography from locations in Scotland, Ireland, France and the Netherlands.

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World Fair – now shipping

“This latest album is astonishing even by the high standards I would have held Michael Begg to… World Fair is a formidable work… they have made manifest an album of rare power.”
Brainwashed (USA)

“A peerless masterpiece”
Caleidoscope (Netherlands)

“World Fair is a devastatingly beautiful release from a much under-appreciated group… At the hands of Human Greed obliteration has never sounded so enticing”
Compulsion (UK)

“World Fair is an incredible achievement… Human Greed are criminally undervalued; Begg is one of our most significant contemporary experimental composers. The scale that he has imagined and created with World Fair is testament to this. It is a masterwork.”
Active Listener (UK)

World Fair, charged by both the music of faith and science, is perhaps the most sublimely saddest of all their work to date”
Quietus (UK)

“An excellent release”
Vital Weekly (Netherlands)

Ahead of the retail release date of October 27th, World Fair is shipping direct from Omnempathy Mail Order…

NOTE – the extra Ltd “Heat Death” edition is sold out.

The “Singularity” edition, including a ltd edition additional disk of material by Michael Begg, Deryk Thomas and Colin Potter is still in stock, as is the standard “Entropy” digipak CD edition.

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Spem In Alium – 30 minute erosion arrangement by Michael Begg – 5 days only


Click Here to download Spem In Alium by Michael Begg


30 minute long arrangement and erosion of Thomas Tallis’s Spem In Alium by Michael Begg (Human Greed / Fovea Hex) This download will be removed on December 26th 2013.

“This work should be regarded as *in-progress* as it was originally intended to comprise a bonus disk for the forthcoming Human Greed recording, World Fair.

“But even as it stands it sounds just so right for the end of the year. I hope you will consider it as an aural Christmas Card. I do hope that at least for some of you the snow begins to fall when you play this track. Its the one element in the mix I could not control.” MB, 20th Dec 2013

Cover Art – The cover image is Slave Ship, by J. M. W. turner.


released 20 December 2013
Music by Thomas Tallis
Arrangement, Production and Erosion by Michael Begg
Strings by Soho Strings Attached (Millington and Richmond)
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“An absolute WTF of an album that provided the bowel-loosening soundtrack to a disturbing Russian circus at Glastonbury and Edinburgh festival. This one must have destroyed any young conservative on acid who got to close at Pilton”
WAS IST DAS, albums of the year 2013


Sound wizard Michael Begg offers breathtaking sound collages… a dazzling, intriguing whole. Even after 10 spins this reviewer had goosebumps on his arms and a cold shiver running up the spine… indicating Begg as a fucking master of his craft. After listening, your perception of music and the apocalypse may never be the same

Beautiful and extraordinary physical performance by Marcella Soltan

Driven by the three-way powerhouse of soundtrack, lighting design, and physical action, what looks to be burlesque romp dissolves into something far more dangerous. Omega is a truly total theatre… thrilling, uncomfortable, scary.

You will emerge blinking into the daylight shaken and stirred. Be warned.

“Omega is a very welcome reminder of just how high [the] bar has been set… it is often impossible to believe that human beings can actually move like this. It is also rare to see a production as technically polished… Far more than a show: this is a true theatrical experience.”

This Pandora’s box of bizarre and sinister images takes place at the rather un-cabaret-friendly hour of 2.35pm, and may leave you wondering what exactly it was you consumed for lunch.

a circus of horrors series of vignettes that vamp up their disturbing qualities to hysterical proportions… the cast demonstrate mesmerising nuance and skill… Flashes of arresting innovation.

There are unforgettable moments – the spiders that weave reality, the manic energy of the two chorus girls and
the final image of a lurking, sinister entity… A tableau of the Biblical story of Holofernes and Judith is erotic and disturbing.

Exhilaratingly gripping… a must see… but be warned, even the most intrepid fan of the gothic may find the characters stay with them a little later into the night than they would like.

A black, bleak mash-up of turns set to a full-on score by electronic composer Michael Begg. There’s smoke and contortions, a two-headed crooner, a dancing skeleton, and a frenetic nutcase with a feather on his head. Think Tod Browning’s Freaks crossed with David Lynch’s Eraserhead. I bet Madonna will put some of these tricks into her next tour.

OMEGA Only a Russian company (blackSKYwhite) would offer such apocalyptic cabaret pleasures. Dark, unsettling and stunning.

At their best, the Russian bogey-clowns can corkscrew into your brain with impossible images, needling rhythms and enervating repetitions. Their tonal control is exceptional, their physical skill quite astonishing and their grasp of image and illusion world-class.

We were intoxicated, mesmerized and in awe

I have never seen a show with a more palpable hostility towards its audience… agonizingly loud (half the audience left; the other half cowered with fingers in their ears), grim and grotesque, intentionally obscure to the point of contempt… The production conveys nothing but sheer hatred for its audience.

An introduction to the recording by Michael Begg:

OMEGA:ost by Michael Begg | Human Greed is the result of an extraordinary collaboration I have had the pleasure of cultivating with Moscow’s blackSKYwhite Theatre Company. The company first came to my attention in 2000 when they visited Edinburgh with a show called Bertrand’s Toys. It was the darkest, loudest, most terrifying, magical, breathtaking piece of physical theatre I had ever experienced. They quietly picked up Fringe First and Total Theatre awards, and quietly disappeared.

I made an oath to myself there and then that I would work with them.

There then followed 8 years, or so, of elaborate courtship as I tried to ingratiate myself into their orbit. Finally, despite the complications of language and flawed technology I was eventually asked to provide the voices of angels for their performance, E.S.M.

Their Artistic Director, Dimitri Aryupin instructed me: “Begg, I need you to record a whisper. But think of this. You are holding an apple close to your mouth. You are about to bite it. Whisper to the apple. The apple is the Earth. Now to record this please”

And so it went.

In October 2012, Dimitri called up and asked if I would like to be involved in something new. A hoochie coochie freakshow for the end of time. A dusty, road worn carny of hucksters, monsters, apocryphal curiosities and sideshow horrors.

Identifying, uncovering and working up the clay into some semblance of life for this show has become an obsession. The soundtrack evolved with the “probes” of Dimitri and Marchella (Soltan – the peerless performer at the heart of blackSKYwhite) We didn’t know what we were looking for, but could feel it when it was getting close. We tried burlesque, jazz, the electronic erosions for which I am more commonly known – whatever worked, with whatever instruments in whatever condition

OMEGA:ost is the result of this collaboration. Some of the pieces on the recording feature in the current production of OMEGA. Others exist with the show in other times, other dimensions, other realms. This particular compilation contains a set of pieces that work as a whole – though I appreciate that there are shocks in store for those who are already familiar with my output to date. Especially those who acquire the bonus disk, чёрный стриптиз (Black Striptease) which is loosely attributed to Michael Begg’s Black Glass Ensemble. That, I think, will come as a surprise to many!

As well as the increasingly valued friendship and input of Dimitri there are one or two other folks who have helped in this work. Little Annie Bandez provided the voice of Frieda, Laura Sheeran provided some musical saw to introduce the arrival of the all consuming void, and my wife’s mother reads the part of Granny Void. In the bonus disk I became very much indebted to Sukie Smith (Madam) who provides a deeply and darkly sexy vocal to the song, Black Glass Striptease.

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Free download of Michael Begg live set

On May 22nd 2013, Michael Begg opened for Chrysta Bell at Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms. A recording was captured from the mixer and although raw and subject to drop outs and phazing, the document still reveals an interesting insight into the direction being pursued by Begg.
The set is now available on “pay what you like” terms – free, basically – from the omnempathy Bandcamp. Enjoy.

Click here to listen/download –

Set: Improvisation / Empty Ring / Kitchen Tools / Kacey improvisation / Unclear Here / Your Little Hand As Soft As milk.
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Michael Begg | Human Greed – Dirt on Earth: a pocket of resistance

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“A milestone release… Absolute Masterpiece”
Dark Entries

Michael Begg offers us another magnificent piece of occluded ambience… A brilliant album

“The glacial symphonies of Dirt on Earth could coat the Sahara in frost. There is no music on Earth that sounds as haunted as Human Greed.

“Dirt on Earth is a masterful creation… There used to be a trinity of Nurse With Wound, Current 93 and Coil. Now the sonic gate keepers are a quartet; Nurse, Current, Cyclobe and Human Greed. This is an essential album.”
Was Ist Das

“Political commitment returns to the field of abstract music. This record is an act of resistance against alienation. Any mystical beauty has its light… and here is a reflection in obsidian, with winter wind and flowing blood”

“Music of a great quality. Majestically played”
Vital Weekly

“Gloomy symphonies full of harrowing emotional life… a majestic, powerful, compelling masterpiece”

“Dirt On Earth is a creature of the night… pressing up against the listener and tugging at hair and clothing.

“The geographies of Dirt On Earth – in particular majestic closer ‘Scenes From The Carefree Life’ – feel like secret routes through highland terrain that’s already vaguely, naggingly familiar, with certain landmarks along the way reminding you briefly of your location before ushering you swiftly towards hollows and hills you’ve not yet explored.”
The Quietus

Omnempathy presents

Michael Begg | Human Greed

Dirt on Earth: a pocket of resistance

Now Shipping from Omnempathy. Official release date = 25th June 2012


An Innocent in the Aisles
A Child is a Cup
Kitchen Tools
Invocation of the Scottish Winter
Your Little Hand as Warm as Milk
Pomegranate’s Endurance Medal
Scenes from the Carefree Life of a Roman Lady

Running Time; 71 minutes


“All the lies converge into one colossal falsehood: the supposition that life is a commodity and that those who can afford to buy it are, by definition, those who deserve it! Most of us know this is false, but very little of what we are shown confirms our resistance.”

John Berger, The Shape of a Pocket

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Many people are aware that 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing, “The Man Who Cracked The Enigma Code”, much of whose work remained secret until after his untimely death in 1952. Less well known is that his Mother was Irish, and his favorite song was Molly Malone, which, so the story goes, he insisted on rendering on the violin to the police who came to arrest him on charges of gross indecency, before agreeing to make his statement to them.

The recording by Matmos of Clodagh Simonds (Fovea Hex / Mellow Candle) singing Molly Malone, was first featured on their FOR ALAN TURING ep, part of a work commissioned in 2006 by The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkely CA on the opening of their new Mathematics Hall. It will be available as a free download for three days only, March 16, 17, and 18, from the Fovea Hex Bandcamp page . Matmos anticipate that the full FOR ALAN TURING ep will be digitally re-released to coincide with Turing’s 100th anniversary in June 2012