Weathersongs on TV and Radio

The release of Weathersongs Volume One: Days In Wales has attracted a flurry of attention from media in Wales. In the first week since release, Richard has been interviewed on ITV, BBC Wales and Radio Ceredigion.

Tuesday 5th April was particularly busy with Richard giving an interview to Good Morning Wales on BBC Radio
Wales in Aberystwyth at 08:50 and then coming back home to be filmed for ITV’s Wales Tonight (seen here with ITV’s Rob Shelley). This was followed by a photo for the Cambrian News and, on Wednesday night, an hour chatting and playing some tracks from the album with Steve Edge on Radio Ceredigion.

A half-page article and photo came out in the Cambrian News on Thursday.

Following this, the first international airplays came in with album tracks being played on Silent Running (Radio ARA, Luxembourg) and RTQE (WORT Madison, WI USA). Online, the project has featured in Rhizome News and elsewhere.

60×60 Airplay

Richard’s entry for the 60×60 project 2005 was played on June 12th on Max Shea’s Martian Gardens radio show (WMUA FM 91.1 Amherst, Massachusetts, USA).

60×60 is a concert containing 60 compositions from 60 different composers, each composition 60 seconds or less in duration. These 60 recorded pieces are performed in succession without pause one after another for a 1 hour concert. The performance is played in conjunction with synchronized analogue clock. At the top of each minute in the hour the domain of space for the composer has begun. Composers who have written works less than 60 seconds are strategically and artistically place within that minute; the rest of the minute is filled with silence until the next minute begins.

In Richard’s submission, entitled 60/168 and written especially for 60×60, a computer program uses the number 60 and its factors (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 15, 20 and 30) to create 168 musical events. Sixty events occur once a second, thirty occur every two seconds, twenty every three seconds, and so on. All events of the same time interval have the same pitch. Sixty events are then chosen at random and played over a MIDI synthesizer. Whenever the program runs, a different variation is heard.

Each of the 1.907 x 10128 possible variations lasts exactly one minute.

The final selection of 60 pieces will be made in September.

Martian Gardens
60×60 project (voxnovus.com)

Robot Sculpture in Novosibirsk

Richard’s album Robot Sculpture was recently played by Radio Penguin in Novosibirsk, Siberia. Serge Tikhanoff of Radio Penguin writes:

"Thank You so much for perfectly brilliant Robot Sculpture!!! We were glad and proud discover Your splendid, incredibly interesting work, for us and for our audience, touch highest culture and mastery."

Thank you Serge for your kind words.

Further acclaim for Robot Sculpture in 2003

Since the New Year, Robot Sculpture has received the following endorsements:

• Inclusion in Star’s End significant albums list for 2002 (Pennsylvania USA)
• An enthusiastic review in Margen magazine issue 25 (Spain)
• Top 20 listing for May (#10) and February/ March (#19) on Mystic Music radio show (California USA)

Robot Sculpture is available for purchase online from this site.