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London Show. ICR:35. Begg | Coleclough | Liles | Potter

Michael Begg, Jonathan Coleclough, Andrew Liles and Colin Potter will perform in London, at Cafe Oto, on September 30th 2016. The event, ICR:35, is our way of acknowledging the contribution of Colin Potter’s ICR to the European experimental music scene over an astonishing 35 year period (so far!)

Full details/tickets at the Cafe Oto website:

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A Moon That Lights Itself

Commissioned by National Galleries Scotland, A Moon That Lights Itself is a new piece of music, for electronics, strings and moonlight, by Michael Begg. The work evokes the nocturnal life of the French painter Charles François Daubigny in his later years, floating on his boat studio, addressing, directly, the moon.

The work will be premiered in the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh on September 16th 2016. Michael will be accompanied by cellist, Clea Friend.


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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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Human Greed – 2nd World Fair preview video

A second preview clip has been released in advance of World Fair’s formal release date of October 27th.

The clip, “Waiting In A Car” was directed, using stock footage, by Cnada’s Dominic F Marceau, and also features the voice of Nicole M. Boitos Hayworth, the painter and tattoo artist whose Lamb No. 5 adorned the cover of Fortress Longing.


Human Greed :: Waiting in a Car

from the album WORLD FAIR (OMCD05)

Music – Human Greed
Text – Michael Begg
Reader – Nicole M. Boitos Hayworth

Video Edited and Directed by Dominic F. Marceau

Finally, the night has come,
You have kissed goodnight to everyone.
Time has led you
To this tiny singularity

Orion pilots the underworld above
And will absorb your passing
In pitch curtains and black aeons
Fleeting as a fallen eyelash

There is a shadow on the shoreline
A ship bites against her anchor
Fresh blood beads on your lip
Around a fishhook of lost years

Carry on through the morning
With your cut lip
The spilled milk in the grass
And your simple repast

You move inexorably
Towards your supper of coal
And a cot in the snow
The vespers chase the starlings into the night

Finally, the night has come
And you say goodnight to everyone
And look up alone
To feel the night move

“I believe in heat death
I believe in counting stars
Entropy, and lies
We aim so high”

With fishhook and eyelash
With a bead of blood
You make a closed system
Of love, pain and purpose

Your contribution is noted
And instantly forgotten
In the mildewed salon
of wedding gifts

A ship bites against her anchor
The fishhook tugs at your lip
Your father wipes a bead of blood
from your mouth, no longer immortal

Your mother keeps your baby teeth
Among her earrings
Beneath her mirror
No longer immortal

You became a creature of a bigger world
When you saw milk stream from the calf’s mouth
And onto the grass
No longer immortal

The system opens up
Entropy pours through
There is nothing so clean as a mountain
There is no embrace like the snow

Your ecstasies, brief as photos
Fleeting as a fallen eyelash
Sharp as a hook
The ship tugs on your lip

The starlings ride the vesper bells
Your father holds a tissue
You swallow charcoal
So black amidst all this snow

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World Fair – the new Human Greed album

The new Human Greed album, World Fair, will be released on October 27th 2014. 


TITLE: World Fair
ARTIST: Human Greed

FORMAT: CD/Digital

World Fair
Waiting In A Car
From Olden Disks
A New Bed
Entropy Suite
Black Is The Colour
Heat Death Prelude
Finally, The Night Has Come
Jvarsa Shensa
Heat Death
The Landscape

Ltd Edition feat. extra CD “Entropy is Our Father, Heat Death our Amen” by Michael Begg, Deryk Thomas and Colin Potter

Michael Begg
Deryk Thomas

Sophie Bancroft
Nicole M. Boitos
Chris Connelly (Revolting Cocks, Ministry, etc)
Alistair Mackenzie
Duncan Mackenzie
Colin Potter (Nurse With Wound, Fovea Hex, etc)
Pietro Riparbelli
Steven R. Smith (Hala Strana, Ulaan Khol, etc)
Sukie Smith (Madam)

Produced by Michael Begg

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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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New writing by Michael Begg in The Quietus

A new article by Michael Begg has been published in the popular music site, The Quietus.

The article comprises thoughts and reflections on silence and a “nearly review” of the recent vinyl compilation, Sounds Of Silence by Italian label Alga Marghen.

“This minor release potentially provides the bleakest waypoint yet. A physical artefact with no content and stolen context. Physically there, but absent by any other measure. The opposite, in fact, of silence.”

The piece, filed under The Quietus’s “Rum Music” strand also features a review by Stephen Graham of a recent live event exploring silence at Kings Place.

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