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Fragmented opera and carbophones

Verity Sharp shatters the musical moulds with tracks from Ireland, Israel and Germany.

Shattering musical moulds with Verity Sharp.

Ostraca are fragments of ancient pottery. Irish composer Roger Doyle uses them as inspiration for his new work, breaking his opera into shards that he puts through a MIDI keyboard and relayers.

More innovation from Cologne’s Andreas O. Hirsch, who has developed the carbophone, an electroacoustic instrument inspired by thumb pianos such as the kalimba and mbira. The promenade of an octopus and a shipwrecked robot are among the musical vignettes to emerge on his new album.

And Verity picks music from a less fractured lineage, from Irish fiddler Martin Hayes.

Produced by Chris Elcombe for Reduced Listening.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Oliver Mtukudzi


    • Ziwere MuKøbenhavn.
    • Shava.
  • Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill

    The New Post Office Set

    • Welcome Here Again.
    • Green Linnet.
  • Roger Doyle

    Ostracon 1

    • The Heresy Ostraca.
    • Heresy Records.
  • Padma Newsome

    and the birds in the trees say...

    • The Vanity of trees.
    • New Amsterdam.
  • Jean C. Roché


    • Birds Of Venezuela (Introduction By David Toop).
    • Sub Rosa.
  • Ivan 'Mamão' Conti


    • Poison Fruit.
  • Paal Nilssen-Love

    Five Dollars and a Jug of Rum

    • New Brazilian Funk.
    • PNL Records.
  • Lisa O'Neill & Radie Peat

    The Factory Girl

    • Heard A Long Gone Song.
    • River Lea.
  • Anna von Hausswolff

    The Marble Eye

    • Dead Magic.
    • City Slang.
  • Sir Shina Peters & His International Stars


    • Sewele.
    • S.P. Records.
  • Booker Stardrum

    Five Finger Cloud

    • Temporary etc​.​.
    • NNA Tapes.
  • Gazelle Twin


  • Olivier Messiaen

    O sacrum convivium

    Choir: Vox Clamantis. Conductor: Jaan-Eik Tulve.
    • Vox Clamantis: Sacrum Convivium.
    • Mirare.
  • Guillaume de Machaut

    Love Without End

    Performer: Robert Sadin.
    • Art of Love.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Andreas Oskar Hirsch

    Octopus Promenade

    Performer: Andreas Oskar Hirsch.
    • Early Carbophonics.
    • makiphon.
    • makiphon 005.
    • 1.
  • Spill


    • Stereo.
    • corvo records.


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