LAIR / The Department of Energy

February 1, 2020 § Leave a comment

I’m honoured to be part of this mix tape celebrating Imbolc, created by The Department of Energy

The first release from The Department of Energy is inspired by the tributaries and tribulations of Cork’s Lee Valley. This Landscape Mixtape contains potcheen anecdotes, airborne survey planes, archive material, drowned houses, hard ambience, alluvial oak woods, unidentified flying objects, a lost mp3, a broken wav, 1980’s radio, 2020 visions, fast eddies, sloe meanders, preliminary research, semi-state bodies, statements of intent, folklore, feathered friends and the knowledge of salmon.

In the 1950’s the ESB flooded parts of the Lee Valley, when they built two hydroelectric dams to power Cork city. Gerry O’Riordan’s memories of this event (interviewed by Dr Richard Scriven for his Cork Is The Lee podcast) form part of the mixtape, alongside layers of local field recordings made by the Department of Energy over the past 12 months and extracts from some 39 year old cassettes. Have you ever noticed how a fast flowing stream sounds like environmental tape hiss?

Recently resurfaced tracks by DOE members (Mercury.mp3 & Borderland.wav) sit next to newer arrangements by Local Gods, all counterpointed by two fathoms-deep meditations from LAIR“⁠

The Department of Energy was inspired by a GAA pitch, a white quartz standing stone, an electrical station and a stream. That was February last year and since then we’ve made recordings, taken photographs and just sat and listened, all over the Lee Valley.

That raw material has been shaped into a Landscape Mixtape for your listening pleasure. It will be publicly streaming this Saturday – Brigid’s day. We’ll have our first physical release on the first of May. And something to mark every Celtic festival thereafter.”

Laura LAIR / Adam Perry / Collaboration Series / 1

January 10, 2020 § Leave a comment

This is the first in a series of collaborations for 2020 with the wonderful artist and human Adam Perry.

Those who are familiar with my work, may know we have collaborated before. We found we, and our process of connecting to the realms beyond, resonate with each other and so have decided to do a series of one minute pieces throughout the year. Our first piece goes up in tandem with the moon going full at 7.21pm on the 10th here in Ireland and 6.21am on the 11th in his home of Melbourne Australia.

From Adam: “I did a world reading and was shown an Egyptian pyramid and then present day efforts to resurrect the light body of a soul into the body of a deceased human. In this image the warm goddess Isis, accompanied by many souls, is drawn to our successes at immortality in a top secret bunker.” From Laura: “I tuned in to the pictures of a reading Adam did and allowed the sounds to pour through. From my perspective, Isis came forth wanting to be heard.”

You can find us on Instagram @lauralairmusic and @adamperryart

Laura LAIR / Secret Self on Seance Radio

November 13, 2019 § Leave a comment

You can find the mix I did for Simon Heartfield’s Secret Self show on Seance Radio on their Soundcloud:

Laura LAIR / Andrea Maxine Frade / Earth Meditation

October 29, 2019 § Leave a comment

My Samhain offering to you this year is a meditation I created with Andrea Maxine Frade.

It is downloadable so you can listen offline, and both Andrea and I hope you find it a supportive tool in connecting to the Autumnal element of Earth.

If you would like to read more about Samhain: https://resoundingpower.com/2019/10/29/samhain/

LAIR / Emika Elena

October 20, 2019 § Leave a comment

Honoured that my track ‘Invoke’ is the opener to this awesome mix by the super-talented Emika Elena 🙏

LAIR / I Hurt So I Cry

September 13, 2019 § Leave a comment

A Full Moon offering going up on Bandcamp tonight: “I Hurt So I Cry”

It’s an intense moon tonight as we approach Autumnal Equinox in the North.

Like the trees letting go of leaves, we are feeling the drive to let go of all that no longer resonates. This drive can feel really intense at the moment and perhaps you feel slightly wistful to extremely sad…

Fear not: all is ok. YOU are ok.

Feel your sadness, own the pain… We hurt, so we cry.

I made the mini-vid with some of the footage super-talented Sharon Phelan shot for my Invoke video. Check out her instagram @soundsweep

LAIR / Eomac Remix

June 18, 2019 § Leave a comment

I’m very happy to be featured alongside the wonderful artists listed below on this album of remixes of Eomac’s Reconnect.

“Eomac’s ‘Reconnect’ gets the remix treatment by eight different artists from various fields of contemporary electronic music.

Featuring deranged re-synthesis by recent PAN artist Errorsmith, noisy punk-electro from Raster’s Kyoka, a drum and voice workout from Irish producer LAIR, polyrhythmic algorave from Tokyo courtesy of Renick Bell, broody experimental techno from rising star Nene H, next level reggaeton movements from Editions Mego affiliate Okkre, lush ambient from newcomer Dylan Henner and a VIP from Eomac himself.

This is a diverse and varied collection that not only works as a remix package but as a complete listen in itself. An album made independently from different strands, linked by the singualr source material, that comes together as a cohesive whole.”

The stunning artwork is by the SUPER talented artist Jazz Szu-Ying Chen.

Here’s a clip of my contribution to the project:

The album is available to buy now on the Eotrax Bandcamp.