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David Sylvian - Manafon FLAC album

Performer: David Sylvian
Genre: Electronic / Rock
Title: Manafon
Country: UK & US
Style: Acoustic, Abstract, Avantgarde, Experimental
FLAC version ZIP size: 1661 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1865 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1423 mb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 917

Manafon is a 2009 album by David Sylvian. It is an avant-garde work combining elements of free improvisation, experimental rock and chamber music. It reached rank No. 6 in The Wire's list of best 2009 albums. Manafon was recorded over a three-year period in Vienna, Tokyo and London. Of the recording process, Sylvian said: "There was nothing written when we went into the studio – this was very much free improvisation. So, the selection of the group of musicians for each improvisation was paramount

UMG (от лица компании "UMC"); ASCAP, CMRRA" и другие авторские общества (3).

Manafon ‎(CD, Album, Enh, Promo, Dig). P-Vine Records, Samadhisound. What attracted me to David's sound was his craftsmanship of melody and poetry. Blemish and Manafon present only a skeloton of those years. Manafon is a fearful bloodless monotony.

I can certainly understand the anxiety of trying to actually describe it: like the album "Blemish" it extends his fascination with esoteric, atonal improvisation even farther away from the gorgeous ambient.

Released September 14, 2009. 1. Small Metal Gods Lyrics. 2. The Rabbit Skinner Lyrics.

David Sylvian has never been one to do things the easy way. After splitting from his breakthrough band Japan at the height of their (moderate) success he went on to forge an unconventional and often underappreciated solo career where he shafted most of the new romantic inclinations of his former group and realised the beauty of experimentation.

For the David Sylvian album, see Manafon (album). Manafon is a small rural community located in the hills of Montgomeryshire, the Northern part of the Welsh county of Powys. The Parish focuses on the valley of the River Rhiew that runs west to east into the River Severn". The community of Manafon consists of "two main villages within about a mile of one another, Manafon and New Mills. The remainder of the population lives in scattered farms and dwellings and in the small rural settlement of The Green. St Michael's Church, Manafon.

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Small Metal Gods
Music By – Stangl*, Sylvian*, Fennesz, Moser*, Dafeldecker*
2 The Rabbit Skinner
Music By – Sylvian*, Parker*, Fennesz, Ryan*, Tilbury*, Mattos*
3 Random Acts Of Senseless Violence
Music By – Sylvian*, Fennesz, Rowe*, Moser*, Dafeldecker*
4 The Greatest Living Englishman
Acoustic Guitar [Right Channel] – Otomo YoshihideEffects [Sine Waves] – Sachiko MElectric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar [Left Channel] – Tetuzi AkiyamaMusic By – Sylvian*, Yoshihide*, Sachiko M, Akiyama*, Nakamura*
5 125 Spheres
Music By – Stangl*, Sylvian*, Fennesz, Dafeldecker*
6 Snow White In Appalachia
Music By – Sylvian*, Fennesz, Rowe*, Moser*, Dafeldecker*
7 Emily Dickinson
Effects [Signal Processing] – Joel RyanMusic By – Sylvian*, Parker*, Fennesz, Tilbury*
8 The Department Of Dead Letters
Music By – Sylvian*, Parker*, Fennesz, Tilbury*, Mattos*
9 Manafon
Music By – Sylvian*, Fennesz, Rowe*, Moser*, Dafeldecker*

Companies, etc.

  • Licensed Through – samadhisound llc.
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – samadhisound llc.
  • Copyright (c) – samadhisound llc.
  • Published By – samadhisound llc.
  • Published By – samadhisound publishing.
  • Published By – Campbell Connelly & Co. Ltd.
  • Published By – Copyright Control
  • Engineered At – Samadhisound
  • Produced At – Samadhisound
  • Mixed At – Samadhisound


  • Acoustic Bass – Werner Dafeldecker (tracks: 1, 3, 5, 6, 9)
  • Acoustic Guitar – David Sylvian (tracks: 2, 3)
  • Art Direction – David Sylvian
  • Art Direction [Art Direction & Liaison (a. Fukui)] – Yuka Fujii
  • Artwork [Portrait & Related Drawings] – Atsushi Fukui
  • Cello – Marcio Mattos (tracks: 2, 8), Michael Moser (tracks: 1, 3, 6, 9)
  • Computer [Laptop], Guitar – Christian Fennesz* (tracks: 1 to 3, 5 to 9)
  • Coordinator [Recording Session Coordination, Tokyo] – Sari Hayashiguchi
  • Coordinator [Recording Session Coordination] – Adrian Molloy
  • Cover, Artwork By – Ruud Van Empel
  • Design – Gihris Bigg*
  • Effects [Live Signal Processing] – Joel Ryan (tracks: 2, 8)
  • Electronics – David Sylvian (tracks: 5, 7, 8)
  • Engineer [Additional, London] – Neil Tucker, Sebastian Lexer
  • Engineer [Additional, Tokyo] – Toshihiko Kasai
  • Engineer [Additional, Vienna] – Christoph Amann
  • Guitar – Burkhard Stangl (tracks: 1, 5), Keith Rowe (tracks: 3, 6, 9)
  • Keyboards – David Sylvian (tracks: 3, 6)
  • Lyrics By – Sylvian* (tracks: 1 to 7, 9)
  • Performer [No-input Mixer] – Toshimaru Nakamura (tracks: 1, 4)
  • Piano – John Tilbury (tracks: 2 to 4, 6 to 8)
  • Producer [Produced], Engineer [Engineered], Edited By, Mixed By – David Sylvian
  • Saxophone – Evan Parker (tracks: 2, 7, 8)
  • Trumpet – Franz Hautzinger (tracks: 3, 9)
  • Turntables – Otomo Yoshihide (tracks: 1, 3, 4)
  • Vocals – David Sylvian (tracks: 1 to 7, 9)


Russian Unofficial Edition CD.
Packaged in a jewel case with a transparent tray. Includes an 8-page booklet.

℗ & © 2009 samadhisound llc. the copyright in these sound recordings is owned by david sylvian under exclusive licence to samadhisound llc. www.samadhisound.com www.davidsylvian.com

Original sessions recorded between 2004-2007. Produced, engineered, edited and mixed at samadhisound 2008.

This is an unofficial release manufactured in Russia. Presented in a jewel case it comes with an 8-page credit sheet. It uses the artwork taken from official releases, however, attempts to fit the jewel case has caused both the text & images to become squashed. Some typography mistakes also exist, in particular, samadhisound is referred to as sarnadhisound lie.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 33367 77052 3
  • Barcode (Scanned): 633367770523
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LT05
  • Mould SID Code: none
  • Matrix / Runout: 7695 - MANAFON 032609

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
sound cd ss016 David Sylvian Manafon ‎(CD, Album, Dig) Samadhisound sound cd ss016 UK & US 2009
sound cd ss016 dx David Sylvian Manafon ‎(CD, Album + DVD-V, Album, Multichannel, NTSC + Box) Samadhisound sound cd ss016 dx UK & US 2009
none David Sylvian Manafon ‎(LP, Num, TP, W/Lbl) Not On Label none UK & Europe 2009
PVCP-8616 David Sylvian Manafon ‎(CD, Album, Enh, Promo, Dig) P-Vine Records, Samadhisound PVCP-8616 Japan 2009
sound-lp 002 David Sylvian Manafon ‎(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Samadhisound sound-lp 002 UK & US 2010