Playing the Schoolhouse

by David Sylvian



Confront is a small, bespoke label that specialises in small run editions. David has been a long time admirer of what we do and the way we do it — and a loyal customer too — as well as a contemporary of a number of the artists on our roster. I asked David to write a “single” for the label and he presented me with the 15min “Playing the Schoolhouse”. — Mark Wastell

Mark’s approach to running his label is one I admire. Along with numerous other labels I could mention, this is a one man operation and a labour of love. He brings to light work which might otherwise never be heard. Others do the same and, in my opinion, deserve support. It’s wonderful that so many have shown an interest in this piece that lies so far from the songwriting most seem to hunger for. I’m grateful for that. — David Sylvian

This recording was previously released in the Confront Collectors Series (ccs 51).


released April 25, 2020

David Sylvian: found objects, samples, additional field recordings
Jan Bang: found objects, dictaphone

Composed and produced by David Sylvian.

Based on an improvisation by Jan Bang and David Sylvian in the old schoolhouse on Ny-Hellesund, Norway, March 2015. Contains samples of earlier recordings by Otomo Yoshihide and Toshimaru Nakamura. Contains an additional sample by Dai Fujikura used by permission.

Schoolhouse photograph by David Sylvian.


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