The Cold Tap Sings

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Category: Audio


Another snippet of Fathom.

More snippets here.



The strangeness of univocalist poems is at its most striking when you hear them performed. I suppose in essence they’re tongue-twisters. Here’s a recording of my suite of A-E-I-O-U poems about birds.

Earlier drafts of the individual sections of ‘Oiseaux’ can be found here. Listen to my other recordings on SoundCloud here.


Rivertones, Caught by the River‘s record label, have just brought out their second release, a live recording of Robert Macfarlane and Chris Watson’s collaboration at the Port Eliot festival in July. Macfarlane narrates the account of a journey he took to Sula Sgeir, a small island 40 miles north of the Outer Hebrides. His description of the voyage adorns the beautiful sleeve by Nick Hayes.

Macfarlane’s lyrical storytelling is enriched by Watson’s evocative field recordings – of waves, of water, of whale song – which fire the imagination. I found the tale of a gannet that dived into the boat particularly stirring. Hear for yourself.

The Sea-Road is released on limited 12″ vinyl and is available in the Caught by the River shop. Every purchase will also receive the mp3s. There’s more info about the record here. I wrote about Rivertones’ first release here.


Having climbed to the crest of the wave of ‘Fathom‘ with Segments, we’re now on the descent to the trough.

More recordings from Fathom are on my SoundCloud page here.


Here’s a recording of the pivotal moment of ‘Fathom‘ where the poem, like a musical piece, reaches the peak of its arch-like structure.

This is an improved version of the poem in the first post about the project that would later become ‘Fathom’, ‘Cross Section‘. Listen to my other recordings on my SoundCloud page here.