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Songs and Games


  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    'Song and Game' is a limited edition single by HIVE - an accompanying piece to the digital album 'Songs and Games'. The record contains two of HIVE's signature pieces: 'Playing a Game' and an unreleased version of 'Murmuration'. Both recordings come from HIVE's first live performance at Belfast’s The Black Box, 2017

    Design by Una Lee
    Mastering by John D'Arcy

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A small collection of live and studio recordings by HIVE choir.

Yielded by the mouths of HIVE choir, written words turn into sounding fragments; rendered incomprehensible, they become audible particles created by oral frictions. While they are entitled uttermost meaningful, they are easily dismantled and fractured, dissolved and diffused, reassembled and reconfigured.

Text is one of their favoured resources, used to empower the voice as the only instrument that can produce both music and narrative and to highlight it as a special commodity.

These five recordings show some of the ways that HIVE choir works with text montage and melodic improvisation, composes collectively and collaborates with composers.

HIVE Choir is a vocal ensemble based in Belfast and a testing ground for alternative musical notation, text scores vocal improvisation and sound games. Under the direction of John D’Arcy, HIVE creates music from found text and often uses verbal notation and audio technologies, inviting participation from non-expert performers and audience members.

Formed in 2017, HIVE has worked with Metropolitan Arts Centre Belfast, Belfast Film Festival, Belfast Book Festival, Moving on Music, PS2 gallery, Irish Sound Science and Technology Association, and were ‘Artists in Resonance’ at Open House Belfast 2018.

Based at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, HIVE’s membership is composed of musicians from a variety of stylistic backgrounds (Irish traditional, pop, experimental), dancers, writers and researchers.


released August 23, 2019

Ulster Rambles
Recorded by Michael McKnight at Sonic Lab, Belfast
27 June 2018

Playing a Game
composed by John D’Arcy
Recorded live at Black Box, Belfast
8 September 2017

composed by Una Lee
Recorded live at Belfast Book Festival
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
12 June 2018

Murmuration V
Recorded live at Framewerk Sleepover
St Martin’s Church, Belfast
13 August 2018

XMS Stairwell
concept by Matilde Meireles + HIVE
Recorded by Matilde Meireles
Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast
5 December 2017

John D’Arcy Elen Flügge Emily DeDakis Una Lee
Andrew Kenny Richard Davis Aisling McCormick
Meabh Meir Helena Reilly Zeynep Bulut
Patrick Moore Paula Guzzanti Conor McCafferty

Text excerpts from
Knots by R.D. Laing
Northern Ireland’s Troubles: The Human Costs
by Marie-Therese Fay, Mike Morrissey and Marie Smyth
Ulster Rambles: Fourteen Great Walks on The Ulster Way
by Peter Wright
Various found texts on women‘s rights
Original suffragists’ song Keep Woman in Her Sphere
by D. Estabrook

Release produced by John D’Arcy and Una Lee


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quills that whisper is a micro label that focuses on the exploration of words and languages in spoken form as the main mediums within sounding arts.

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