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Cockles and Mussels (Molly Malone)

by Matmos/Clodagh Simonds (Fovea Hex)

Molly Malone 06:11


A lesser known fact about Alan Turing is that his favorite song was Molly Malone, (his Mother was Irish, after all), which, so the story goes, he insisted on rendering on the violin to the police who came to arrest him on charges of gross indecency, before agreeing to make his statement to them.

This recording by Matmos of Clodagh Simonds (of Fovea Hex) singing Molly Malone, in itself a sonic marvel of intelligent artifice, was first featured on their FOR ALAN TURING ep, a work commissioned in 2006 by The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkely CA on the opening of their new Mathematics Hall.

Full review from 2006 original release:



released June 21, 2012

Drew Daniel – sampling, sequence, mix, synthesizer
M.C. Schmidt – enigma machine, hurdy gurdy, vocoder
Clodagh Simonds – voice
Mark Lightcap – acoutsic guitar
Blevin Blectum – violin

photo-collage: Andrei Bakhmin

Copyright Vague Terrain 2006


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