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Traw (Welsh for pitch or encompassing wholeness) is harpist and electronic artist Rhodri Davies with sampling and real-time processing artists Owen Martell, Richard Llewellyn, and Simon Proffitt, here in 6 pieces about water using layers of Davies' sonic output.

Traw / Rhodri Davies
Cwymp Y Dwr Ar Ganol Dydd

Traw / Rhodri Davies: Cwymp Y Dwr Ar Ganol Dydd (Confront)

Label: Confront    
Released in: Great Britain    

"In making Cwymp y Dwr ar Ganol Dydd, each member of Traw took away a selection of Davies' harp + electronics material (recorded by Michael Sansom at Surrey University) and processed them according to his own lights. In July 2005, when the group reconvened in the company of Davies, they improvised with this de- or re-personalised material to make new sound configurations.

Davies too was improvising, in this case with his own transmogrified self, and a live feed of his playing was also available to Traw for further manipulation. It's as though Davies had stepped into a sonic hall of mirrors.

Traw is a Welsh word meaning pitch, or, in a more poetic sense, diapason, a wholeness, an encompassing. The CD title translates as The Water Falls at Morning's End, and all of the track titles are water-related, named after rivers or waterfalls around the Pontneddfechan-Ystradfellte area of South Wales. But there's more to it than that: 'Mellte', a river, also refers to lightning, and 'Einion Gam', the name of a waterfall, means crooked anvil.

On Cwymp y Dwr ar Ganol Dydd, the music is subjected to elemental fire, forged, and doused with water to toughen it up. But forge also means 'to fake', and that too is appropriate: a gloriously fake Rhodri Davies is presented in this recording.'-Confront

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Product Information:

Label: Confront
Catalog ID: ccs 06
Squidco Product Code: 11803

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: CDr in a tin case
Repacking of 2006 CD on Confront in tin case. Recorded in Cardiff, Wales, July 12th, 2005.


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Owen Martell-sampling,real-time processing

Richard Llewellyn-sampling,real-time processing

Simon Proffitt-sampling,real-time processing

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Track Listing:

1. Sychryd 6:29

2. Sgwd Yr Eira 10:03

3. Einion Gam 5:35

4. Mellte 5:30

5. Y Pannwr 11:07

6. Llia 4:49