We Need No Swords podcast 27: Elizabeth Veldon


With a new work released on her Bandcamp almost every day, the Scottish sound artist and poet Elizabeth Veldon has amassed a vast and almost overwhelming discography. But those releases, ranging from immersive drones, free improvised piano jags and tough scrubs of noise, are rarely less than compelling. In this episode, Elizabeth and I discuss creativity, political music and a whole lot of other stuff. We also premier two new works – a series of piano improvisations and a long-form slice of ominous drone.


Elizabeth Veldon interview runs throughout

Three drum machine improvisations, 1 (self-released, 2015)
At low tide the witches grave pool is flooded with the song of herons (self-released, 2017)
A reflection on the history of radio astronomy (self-released, 2015)

For those characters treated less sentimentally, the disease is viewed as the occasion finally to behave well (unreleased, 2017)
In the plague-ridden England of the late 16th and 17th centuries, according to the historian Keith Thomas, it was widely believed that ‘the happy man would not get the plague’ (unreleased, 2017)
Indeed, cancer can be stretched much further than syphilis as a metaphor (unreleased, 2017)

Myth as a function of political power, from Common Themes in European Fascism, Volume 1 (self-released, 2014)

In political philosophy’s great tradition, the analogy between disease and civil disorder is proposed to encourage rulers to pursue a more rational policy (unreleased, 2017)

Three drum machine improvisations, 3 (self-released, 2015)
To describe a photograph (unreleased, 2017)


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