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Michael Begg
Sonambulo

Off the back of his New Music Scotland Award last year for his previous work, East Lothian-based sound artist Michael Begg delivers his anticipated new album. Described by Begg himself as the result of meditation and surrealist compositional techniques, Somnambulo - with the cryptic subtitle A Birdbath Made of Teeth for the Bride of the Wind - is based upon the life of British post-war painter Leonora Carrington. 

Michael Begg
Vanitas

Second studio album from experimental composer Michael Begg, who scooped the New Music Scotland Award for his 2017 debut album Titan. The artist’s development of customised instruments has informed the creation of his sophomore effort Vanitas and his time in Mexico on an arts council-funded residency. 

Michael Begg
TITAN: A Crane Is A Bridge

For TITAN: A Crane is a Bridge, sound artist Michael Begg enlists the gigantic, titular Titan crane of Clydebank in Scotland both as a performance space and as an instrument. In the windy, beefy lattice frames and oily joints of the towering device, Begg teases out all sorts of metallic resonances and ironclad drones. Over these, he layers his own gentle instrumental additions - to great effect. At times, it resembles ‘dark ambient’ music. Only actually good. A Sonica Festival 2017 commission, the work is available on CD through Omnempathy in a glossy Japanese digipak.

Michael Begg | Mélenchon Brève
One True Vine

The massive creaks and drones of TITAN: A Crane is a Bridge have barely finished reverberating, but Michael Begg’s back with another full-length for Omnempathy, this time in collaboration with someone or something named Mélenchon Brevé. On One True Vine, The gradual and contemplative style of Bregg’s (sometimes dark-)ambient music meets devotional themes, resulting in a lonesome, rather spiritually-charged melancholy.

Human Greed
Hivernant

Human Greed is a collaboration between sound artist Michael Begg and painter Deryk Thomas. Hivernant is described as a “political statement” in the press release but Begg admits that he doesn’t know what that statement is trying to say. Well, the sounds on the album create great expanses and are both restrained but also epic in how they play to a soundtrack type of aesthetic. Some blissed out sound.

Human Greed
World Fair

On his fifth record as Human Greed, Michael Begg continues to obsess and fantasize over the cruellest of themes, this time focusing on death, both on a personal and cosmic level. Influenced by 16th century composition, the record experiments with minimal sounds and chilling spoken poems; on "Waiting In A Car", he juxtaposes primitive keys with barely heard chimes and ascending strings which climax around vocal samples.