P Y R E : N U M E N is an ambient project that creatively explores the folklore and genius loci of the Pyrenees through field recordings, samples and original pieces.
M O N S : N U M E N uses the same methods, but with regards to mountain cultures throughout the world, outside of the Pyrenees.
P Y R E : N U M E N – The Case for Witchcraft in Andorra (2019)
The first album from P Y R E : N U M E N is entitled <<The Case for Witchcraft in Andorra>> and aims to represent Andorran witch-lore using the sites featured in legends. All field recordings have been recorded at these appropriate sites. This album is free to download by clicking on the title above between the brackets.
P Y R E : N U M E N – The Hunt for Heresy (2019)
The second P Y R E : N U M E N album deals with the Cathar mythos within the Aude/Ariege, and the Pyrenees, both in terms of historical facts and the ensuing mythos. This album is entitled <<<The Hunt for Heresy>>> and can be downloaded freely by clicking on the album title enclosed within the brackets above. The guest reading of Lenau’s ‘The Albigensians’ on ‘Esclarmonde Surveys the Ravaged Land’ is kindly performed by Amanda Radcliffe.
P Y R E : N U M E N – The Midwinter EP (2019)
The final offering in this seasonal return is ‘The Midwinter EP’ – two tracks conjuring rural life and the atmosphere of winter in Andorra, replete with field recordings and the sounds of livestock. One can download here <<<Midwinter EP>>>.
P Y R E : N U M E N – Ethnographic Archives Series: Vol. 1 – The Bearn (2019)
A new venture within the P Y R E : N U M E N project, the ‘Ethnographic Archives’ series seeks to present short collages of folksongs, dances and field recordings from individual cultural regions within the Pyrenees and beyond. The first instalment takes the listener to the Bearn region, where various chanted songs, reels and dances are represented. Free to download here: <<<The Ethnographic Archies Vol. 1 The Bearn>>>
P Y R E : N U M E N – A Human History of the Pyrenees (2020)
The first P Y R E : N U M E N album of 2020.
Using a wealth of sounds and samples from forges, livestock, Iron Age horns, 17th-century military marches, Medieval cansos, forests, millstones, carts, 20th-century political hymns, 1970’s Occitan protest folk songs, regional chants, charcoal burner documentaries and everything in between, ‘A Human History of the Pyrenees’ is the most complex P Y R E : N U M E N album to date, and tells the tale of the various cultures, histories and crises of the Pyrenees from the Palaeolithic to the current day. Based on the Chapters 1 & 2 of ‘The Tears of Pyrene’. Free to download, as always, here: <<<A Human History of the Pyrenees>>>
P Y R E : N U M E N – Dead Winter Wassail EP (2020)
The second EP and second P Y R E : N U M E N release of 2020 is a slight departure to the normal geographical focus of the project (i.e. the Pyrenees), however it acts as a short tribute to the eerie and rural folklore of the project creator’s home, Britain, and is an experimental paean to that land. Free for download here <<<Dead Winter Wassail EP>>>
P Y R E : N U M E N – Masks, Mists & Mountains (2020)
With this release, the P Y R E : N U M E N project delves more deeply into dirges and darkness, with six pieces relating to various masked rites from the Pyrenees, Cantabria and northern Portugal. A more droning effort, the aim is to conjure a primordial sound, elevated by various ethnographic field recordings from both film and first-hand experience. Enter the mists, mountains, and masked rites here, for free as always: <<< Masks, Mists & Mountains>>>
P Y R E : N U M E N – Ethnographic Archives Series: Vol. II – The Ariege (2020)
The second instalment in the mini-series of ‘Ethnographic Archives’ focusses on the Ariege, containing all manner of merriment and the somber primordial/medieval atmospheres of this mystical Pyrenean region. Free to download here <<< Ethnographic Archives Vol. II – The Ariege >>>
P Y R E : N U M E N – Ethnographic Archives Series: Vol. III – Andorra (2020)
The third instalment in the mini-series of ‘Ethnographic Archives’ focusses on the mountain nation of Andorra. Combining field recordings of nature and livestock, plus the national hymn, sardanas, extracts from Radio Andorra, church bells and Giant dances, this is an homage to Andorra created in the compulsory isolation of the Plague: <<< Ethnographic Archives Vol. III – Andorra >>>
P Y R E : N U M E N – Ethnographic Archives Series: Vol. IV – The Navarre (2020)
The fourth instalment in the mini-series of ‘Ethnographic Archives’ brings you to the Navarre region, home of numerous noble French and Spanish houses, monasteries and the introductory Spanish section of the infamous pilgrimage route the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Appropriately this track is built around a Medieval spine, around which weaves a series of folk songs, field recordings and ambient soundscapes. Download here <<< Ethnographic Archives Vol. IV – The Navarre >>>
P Y R E : N U M E N – Ethnographic Archives Series: Vol. V – The Val d’Aran (2020)
Integral to the ‘Ethnographic Archives’ is that of language, dialect and patois. Thus is Aranese mixed among the folk songs, folk dances, rural ambiences and hymns mixed amongst this archive… download for free here <<< Ethnographic Archives Vol. V – Val d’Aran >>>
P Y R E : N U M E N – A Hymn to Rural Wessex (Single, 2020)
Nothing more than a hymnal to my own nostalgia of my dear Wessex, combining rural wisdom and traditions with ambient paeons. Feel free to ignore or download here <<< A Hymn to Rural Wessex >>>
M O N S : N U M E N – The Pamirs (2020)
M O N S : N U M E N was launched in 2020 to sonically expand beyond the borders of the Pyrenees, and in its own small way preserve/conserve the various folk traditions and music of various mountain cultures around the world. This being the inaugural release of M O N S : N U M E N, we present a single track thirty minute piece that takes you to the remote mountains of the Pamirs, a complex region that spans from Afghanistan through to the Himalayas, historically including Zoroastrian, Buddhist and Islamic cultures, lush valleys, barren mountainsides and all the various peoples that live therein. Free to download here <<< Pamirs >>>
M O N S : N U M E N – The Himalayas Vol. I – Nepal (2020)
With this release you are taken to the lush valleys, temples and villages of Nepal. Featuring various local processions, folk songs, chanting monks and the sounds of Nepalese nature, this will transport you to that remote mountain kingdom, a verdant jewel in the Himalayas. Free to download here <<< Himalayas Vol. 1 – Nepal >>>