P Y R E : N U M E N is an ambient project that creatively explores the folklore and genius loci of the Pyrenees and other geographical locales of interest through field recordings, samples and original pieces.
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.
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.
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>>>.
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>>>
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>>>
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>>>
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>>>