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Andy Spearpoint: To My House

Long - form Music Commission

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Date & time Tue 31 Oct — Wed 15 Nov 2023

'To My House' was written and performed and produced by Andy Spearpoint. The track is a commission in the Source Arts Centre's long-form music commission programme and is available online below. We encourage patrons to purchase artists works:

To My House | Andy Spearpoint (bandcamp.com)

Andy Says: " 'To My House' is a piece in two halves. The first is fairly conventional and built around a slow guitar and vocal arrangement, minimally decorated with synths and field recordings, while the second part heads off into more impressionistic territory based on a heavily processed vocal sample. The repeated line ‘To me, to my house, you will come (after your death)’ is associated with the story of Donn, Celtic lord of the dead and seemed to fit with other related traditions of communion with the dead. I took on his voice. He might not in fact have been from South London but where’s the proof?

In searching for an appropriate sound to manipulate for the second half I came across a lovely old recording of Sean-nos singer Treasa Ní Mhiolláin singing Cúirt Bhaile Nua. The churning, ghostly voices are a heavily processed version of an extract from that recording and it also features more briefly in more or less its original form. Digging deeper it turned out that Treasa was very much still around and I managed to contact her via The Irish World Academy in Limerick to get her blessing for using her voice, for which I am very grateful. Thanks also of course to The Source for the commission, which was very welcome. It has been an interesting project."

A former member of the band New Fast Automatic Daffodils, Andy Spearpoint is a community musician with a particular interest in devised group music making and collaborative work. His current interests include the development of a homemade Gamelan and arts and health work involving the use of objects and artefacts.


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