Human Greed/Michael Begg 'Let The Cold Stove Sing' CD
March 2016. A new album from Mr.Begg! These recordings comprise work conceived for theatre, gallery and installation contexts. They are concerned with defined and definite spaces, places and absences. These places arise both from nature and through construction. In turn, the construction may be natural or virtual.
They are informed by the great divorce of music and context occasioned by the birth of recording, and by the 20 year fermata occurring after the invention of recording and before the discovery of the means of affecting playback. This was, by definition, the period where we began to conceive of the need to listen repeatedly, in the way an archaeologist brushes repeatedly at the desert, for clues, details, and, possibly, reason.
REVIEW FROM A CLOSER LISTEN's TOP 10 OF 2016 : The success of Michael Begg’s latest work, essentially a compilation of recordings, lies in his sensitive handling of its multiple styles – drone, field recordings, composition and experimentalism are all united across pieces written for varied theatre and gallery settings. As implied, Let the Cold Stove Sing is remote and often fantastical, with eerie noises undefinable creeping alongside sounds of children at play. Its remoteness is key – the set is all about space and absence, and the patient decay of piano notes and ambient swells affords much. (Chris Redfearn-Murray)