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Human Greed – Fortress Longing

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Sorry, Special Ltd Edition with Deshret bonus disk now SOLD OUT

The eagerly anticipated fourth album from Human Greed – FORTRESS LONGING: the internal campaign for the safe and complete return of the sleeping egyptian to the desert – is now available. A special limited edition (120) features an additional disc, Deshret, featuring a new 35 minute reworking of Fortress material by Michael Begg and Colin Potter.

Michael Begg is joined, once more, by erstwhile visual artist Deryk Thomas, and a handful of other performers and friends: Antony and the Johnsons cellist Julia Kent once more lends grace to the proceedings, whilst Fovea Hex colleague Laura Sheeran provides vocal arrangements and harmonies. Nicole Boitos – who painted the blue lamb featured on the cover of the recording also provides a reading voice to Begg’s texts, as does the Norwegian singer Tommy Aashildrod. Further vocal chants and singing bowls are provided by Charlemagne Palestine collaborator and 48 Cameras leader Jean Marie Mathoul, whilst Colin Potter, with whom Begg already collaborates on Fragile Pitches and Fovea Hex also contributes – notably in the 30+ minute work, Deshret, included as an extra disc on a limited edition of the release.

In Fortress Longing Human Greed has delivered a singular and hypnotic work of disagreeable beauty!

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Fortress Longing: Track Listing and Credits

Release Date 13th June 2011

 

Human Greed
Fortress Longing:
The Internal Campaign for the Safe and Complete Return
of the Sleeping Egyptian to the Desert

An Omnempathy/ICR Release (OMIC2)

I. Invocation
II. Malagathens:hotel
III. Fortress Longing
IV. British Museum
V. In Absentia Variations
VI. Weeping Bees Of Heraklion
VII. Anxiety
VIII. Changing Of The Saddest Guard II
IX. Accumulating Sorrows In The Second Act
X. The Green Line
XI. Solar Wind
XII. An End To Death

Arranged and Produced by Michael Begg
String Arrangement on The Green Line: Julia Kent
Vocal Arrangement on Weeping Bees of Heraklion by Laura Sheeran,
Texts by Michael Begg
Cover Painting
Lamb No. 5 by Nicole M. Boitos

Human Greed:
Michael Begg
Deryk Thomas

with:
Tommy Aashildrød
Joel Begg
Sam Begg
Susan Begg
Nicole Boitos
Julia Kent
Jean Marie Mathoul
Colin Potter
Laura Sheeran

Special Limited Edition Extra Disc:

Deshret
By Michael Begg & Colin Potter

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Happy Birthday, Leonard Cohen

I have often shamelessly appropriated the technique of dictating a list of potently symbolic objects and stirring them up like a recipe into something more resonant than the component parts – most recently with the growing Fortress Longing reading list (more on that in a later post) and the reference in the Introduction to Fortress Longing podcast of the contents of the flight table, and the Andalucian hotel floor.

I first stole the technique from Leonard Cohen when I was a boy. It appeared in a two part piece called The Pure List and the Commentary in Flowers for Hitler. (The whole volume can now be read on Scribd, though I am not at all sure of the legal standing of this.)

This is point 6 from the commentary. Happy Birthday, Mr. Cohen!

“Albert Hotel sixth floor seven thirty p.m. On the scratched table I set out in a row a copper bust of Stalin, a plaster of paris bust of Beethoven, a china jug shaped like Winston Churchill’s head, a reproduction of a fragment of the True Cross, a small idol, a photograph of a drawing of the Indian chief Pontiac, hair, an applicator used for artificial insemination. I undressed and waited for power.”

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Belsona Academy Podcast – Human Greed Special

Episode 7 of Thomas Bey William Bailey’s recommended “Belsona Academy” podcast features a 30 minute Human Greed special.

“Join us on this weeks Belsona Academy for a journey into Human Greed’s Heart of Darkenss (and into other much more nuanced and indescribable states of being as well) Courtesy of Michael Begg we have an HG exclusive to this show entitled “Introduction to Fortress Longing: the interior campaign for the safe and complete return of the Sleeping Egyptian to the desert.” Building upon a psycho-ambient repertoire that has earned HG comparisons to Arvo Part Henryk Gorecki and other purveyors of lush emotionality this new piece is Begg’s first recorded narrative in 10 odd years. In it he deals with an illuminating moment of confrontation of death, and the singular after effects”

Belsona Strategic Site

Direct link to iTunes Belsona Academy podcast

Click here to view the new Fortress Longing blog

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An Introduction to Fortress Longing

Episode 7 of Thomas Bey William Bailey’s recommended “Belsona Academy” podcast features a 30 minute Human Greed special.

“Join us on this weeks Belsona Academy for a journey into Human Greed’s Heart of Darkenss (and into other much more nuanced and indescribable states of being as well) Courtesy of Michael Begg we have an HG exclusive to this show entitled “Introduction to Fortress Longing: the interior campaign for the safe and complete return of the Sleeping Egyptian to the desert.” Building upon a psycho-ambient repertoire that has earned HG comparisons to Arvo Part Henryk Gorecki and other purveyors of lush emotionality this new piece is Begg’s first recorded narrative in 10 odd years. In it he deals with an illuminating moment of confrontation of death, and the singular after effects”

Belsona Strategic Site

Direct link to iTunes Belsona Academy podcast

Click here to view the new Fortress Longing blog