Ossian Brown

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Ossian Brown
Occupation(s) Musician
Associated acts Coil, Cyclobe, Shirley Collins, Death In June, Current 93

Ossian Brown is an English musician and artist, most notable for being a member of the groups Coil and Cyclobe.[1]

In the early 1990s he worked with Douglas Pearce. He was part of the instrumental performance for albums such as But, What Ends When The Symbols Shatter? and Rose Clouds of Holocaust. He also was part of the live performance during this time frame.

He joined Coil in 1999 and remained with them until the band’s cessation following the death of singer John Balance in 2004. He worked on several albums and performed live with the group at The Royal Festival Hall, The Barbican in London, and numerous venues throughout Europe.

Brown formed Cyclobe in 1996 with his partner Stephen Thrower (also a one-time member of Coil). They released their first album "Luminous Darkness" in 1999, named after a series of paintings by their friend, the filmmaker Derek Jarman. Cyclobe went on to release a number of albums, most notably "Wounded Galaxies Tap at The Window" (2010). The group seldom perform live: their first and only concert in the United Kingdom was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London in 2012, at the invitation of singer and artist Anohni, who performed with them for this occasion. They went on to play the CTM Festival in Berlin,[2] Poland’s Unsound Festival,[3] and the Punkt Festival in Norway, the latter curated by Brian Eno.

Brown's first book Haunted Air was published in 2010 by Jonathan Cape,[4] with an introduction by David Lynch[5] and an afterword by Geoff Cox.[6]

In 2015 Brown contributed to the album Who Is the Sender? by singer songwriter Bill Fay, appearing on the opening track "The Geese Are Flying Westward".[7]

In 2016 he played hurdy-gurdy for the English folk singer Shirley Collins on her album Lodestar,[8][9][10] released by Domino Records. The album, Collins’ first since For As Many As Will (1978), was recorded and pre-produced by Brown and Stephen Thrower in the singer’s cottage in Lewes, East Sussex. Among his contributions, Brown composed an original piece for the album, “The Split Ash Tree”. In 2017 he performed a series of UK concerts with Shirley Collins as a member of her group.[11]

Discography[edit]

with Death In June[edit]

with Coil[edit]

with Cyclobe[edit]

  • Luminous Darkness (1999)
  • The Visitors (2001)
  • Pathfinder/Remember Archangels Protect Us... (2003)
  • Each and Every Word Must Die (2004)
  • Angry Eelectric Finger 2: Paraparaparallelogrammatica (2004) (Collaboration with Nurse With Wound)
  • The Eclipser/The Moths of Pre-Sleep (2010)
  • Wounded Galaxies Tap at the Window (2010)
  • Augural Sun (2010)
  • Ayin Acla (2011)
  • Sulphur-Tarot-Garden (2014)

with Current 93[edit]

with Bill Fay[edit]

with Shirley Collins[edit]

  • Lodestar (2016)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ossian Brown & Stephen Thrower happenings". Brainwashed. Brainwashed Inc. 5 April 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Transmediale Metaphysik im Moment ihres Sturzes". Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "http://thequietus.com/articles/16561-unsound-festival-review".  External link in |title= (help);
  4. ^ Yumi Goto (26 October 2011). "Haunted Air: Spooky, Vintage American Halloween Photos". Time Entertainment. Time Inc. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Shapes in the Dark: Ossian Brown is captivated by found images of Hallowe'ens past". Untitled Books. Issue 45: Untitled Books. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7609941/reference
  7. ^ "Bill Fay: Who Is the Sender". Muzikzimmer. Muzikzimmer. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "http://www.pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/22587-lodestar/".  External link in |title= (help);
  9. ^ "http://thequietus.com/articles/21267-shirley-collins-lodestar-album-lead-review".  External link in |title= (help);
  10. ^ "https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/oct/27/shirley-collins-lodestar-album-review-austere-foreboding-folk-music".  External link in |title= (help);
  11. ^ "https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/feb/05/shirley-collins-city-halls-glasgow-review-celtic-connections?CMP=twt_a-music_b-gdnmusic".  External link in |title= (help);

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