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Melanie Ó Dubhshláine : Urban Animals (Leeds International Festival) May 10th


Melanie Ó Dubhshláine : Urban Animals

A journey through the city at night, and into the dawn, with all its excitement, mystery and danger, seen through the eyes and ears of the creatures that inhabit it…

Melanie Ó Dubhshláine presents a suite of short musical works themed around the different wild animals to be found in the Leeds urban area. Digitally manipulated animal calls will collide with the noise of the man-made environment to create several distinct pieces in a contemporary homage to the Carnival of the Animals.

Attracted by easy access to food and warmth, some species have chosen to increasingly make their homes alongside man in the cities. Wildlife has changed its behaviour and voices to adapt to life in urban environments. Researchers found that songbirds had raised the pitch and tempo of their song to make it audible above the rumble of traffic. Since the 1960s, fox calls are increasingly a part of the soundtrack of living in a city.

Using field recordings gathered in and around Leeds, plus electronic instruments, working alongside local live performers and vocalists, with striking visuals created to accompany the music, Ó Dubhshláine will take the audience through an alternative vision of the nighttime landscape of Leeds.

Many thanks for the assistance and advice of West Yorkshire Bat Group, The Conservation Trust at Skelton Grange and Chris Hassell at Leeds University

Music:Leeds’ Launchpad Commission is funded using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England as well as Leeds City Council, Leeds2023, PRS Foundation and Leeds International Festival.

About the artist

In a fifteen-year musical career, Melanie Ó Dubhshláine has performed and composed music based in the noise, electronic, experimental and psychedelic rock genres.

Her solo work takes the form of two projects. Ocelocelot is concerned with using vibrations and waveforms from found sound to create undulating soundscapes, whilst Melanie Ó Dubhshláine focuses more on electronic composition. Her background in visual arts leads her to introduce visual elements into her performances. An overriding theme of her work is using unusual instrumentation to extend human expressive capabilities and give voice to previously unheard sounds.

As a member of Ashtray Navigations with Phil Todd, she has performed at All Tomorrow’s Parties, Supernormal Festival, Tusk Festival, Swn Festival in Cardiff as well as shows in the UK, Europe and USA. Ashtray Navigations have curated multimedia events at Leeds International Film Festival and Glasgow International Arts Festival.

She has collaborated with other artists including Neil Campbell, Damo Suzuki, Bridget Hayden, Uton, John Moloney (Sunburned Hand of the Man) and MV & EE.


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New discs arrive!

Shipping out orders from monday onwards…


Ashtray Navigations – Feet Deep In The Red Juice

Ashtray Navigations – Vertical Ascent Of A Blue Hotel

Shady Glyphs – Meditations On Caligari’s Shadow

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Two new Ashtray discs 4U/One is red and one is blue/Please buy one or even 2/One is red and one is blue

2019-1 front


2019-2 front


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New Memoirs Of An Aesthete CD/DL…Shady Glyphs…Unreleased 1997 Yorkshire Underground!

moa 2019-3 frontA Kinetic Sound Sculpture By Shady Glyphs.
Previously unheard 1997 transmission from the Real Yorkshire Psychedelic Underground! A mysterious and evocative free form freak out rite recorded in the cavernous spaces of Rawdon Orthopaedic Hospital on the summer solstice via a moving microphone. Amorphous and deeply strange, may remind you of the works of NNCK, Organum, Anna Planeta and other names probably unknown to these heads at the time.





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Ashtray Navigations at Listen To The Voice Of Fire, Aberystwyth Friday 15th and Saturday 16th March



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19th December Its Her Factory Xmas Do!


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New 3″ CD/digital EP…and a last minute reminder for All Hallows

Firstly,  a new Ashtray Navigations EP “Neon Eating Stationary Planes”! Hard to listen to but conceptually impeccable! Lessons learned from the Mechanical Abrasions era applied to drum-free aesthetics! So many layers you’ll freeze in your footsteps! The guitar parts went down first! That kind of thing, you get the picture. here it be in all its glory


Secondly, last call for halloween! last call for halloween! face-ache

halloween poster

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new release! IONBRIDGED 5″ lathe cut

Ashtray Navigations – Ionbridged

side A : Domains Of The Bridged Day

side B : Ion Filings

5″ lathe cut in luxury package…edition of 33 copies

La Bois Records…Part 3 of “The 2 Minutes Symphonies” Series


£17 plus postage from us…not too many copies available. If you want one, get in touch quick!

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TRISTES TROPIQUES virtual reissue!


here! almost 20 years since it was recorded…

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