Preta Eshana vinyl album and book. Order now

Three years in the making, freeclarity.org release a limited edition (400 copies) Vinyl album, double gatefold sleeve and 12×12 inch booklet containing contributions from over 30 local and international artists, writers and musicians.

(Includes MP3 Download card)

The Ten Human Years of Preta Eshana follows the journey of a female, hungry spirit who is granted passage to the human realm for one spirit day (the equivalent of ten human years) to examine how human beings cope with suffering, conflict, and loss.

The story attempts to bring to light the struggle of people whom society disregards. It also asks whether a hostile response to those in powerful positions who perpetuate this inequality is the most effective way to bring about lasting change. Finally, what role, if any, could a spiritual insight play in building a future less fixated on the self and more appreciative of the interconnectedness of all.

 

The life changing capacity of small stories

Looking at the ability of a single narrative to transform into a multitude of The life changing capacity of small stories

Looking at the ability of a single narrative to transform into a multitude of possibilities,
all contributing artists have used the synopsis of the story of Preta Eshana as a baton or ideas
platform. From this they have produced a piece of music, writing or artwork that reflects upon the above themes mentioned.

(All proceeds to Ben’s centre a small charity based in Sheffield that work’s with vulnerable alcohol and substance users.)

Who appears?

Lemn Sissay: MBE, poet, author, Harold Pinter PEN prize winner 2019, Number one Sunday Times bestseller

Esther Wilson: Multi award winning writer for BBC and stage, BAFTA nominated)

Sharon Guskin: Author of international bestselling Novel, The forgetting time)

Asa Bennet: Music producer, composer. Technical director and composer with Martyn Ware/Heaven17/Human League and Vince Clarke Erasure/Depeche Mode/Yazoo for Illustrious company

David Edwards: Founder of media analysis website Media lens and author of five books

Neil Campbell: Classical guitarist
‘music of serious quality and distinction’ – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
‘An outstanding guitarist whose originality of thought makes him far more than just another gifted purveyor of finger acrobatics’ -Classical Guitar Magazine

Album mastered by Dean Honer: The All Seeing I, I Monster,
The Moonlandingz, International Teachers of Pop and The Electronic Research Council

Album and Book Design by Glenn Thornley. Eleven Designs

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International Collaborators

Melissa Lin. Artist, Malaysia
Edna Cantoral. Artist, Mexico
Jowy Massdamme. Artist, Netherlands
Juliet Ellis. Artist, New York
Kate Brennan. Writer. Rep. of Ireland
Henja Kerjhof. Artist Netherlands
Raúl Maduro Musician, Curaçao Southern Caribean
Marta González. Musican, Spain
Patrick Pronk. Musician, Norway
Luna Kadampa. Writer. Colorado

Republic of Sheffield

Tom Collister: Musican. DJ.
Luke Durkie: Artist
Max Charles: Artist. Tattooist
Fran Green: Artist. Web designer
Tim Holmes: Poet. Writer. Festival 23
Oscar Downing: Musican and Filmaker
Bob Banks: Activist
Ray Hearne: Folk singer. Poet
Frances Rowles: Artist, Puppet maker

Republic of Liverpool

Snapertronics Electronic wizard
Tommy Calderbank: Creative activist
Stephen Givnan: freeclarity.org
After the flood: conceptual instrumental band
Martin Snape: Musician and producer

UK collaborators also include

Andy Nicolson: Musician. Original DJ at legendary club Voodoo, La bateau
Mark Golding: Artist. Alchemist
Matthew Bain: Writer. Poet
Bobi Jo Trenchtown. Writer. Performance artist
Arti Prashar: Theatre Director
Lucy Hopkins: Theatre director. Actor. Powerful women are about.

“We are living in an age where stories of despair, anger, isolation and helplessness are commonplace. This project contains work that possess that magic ability to take a person’s thinking from the head to the heart. When we inhabit the heart, even for a short time, we are allowed to re-imagine wondrous new possibilities in life. This brand new anthology of music, prose and artwork is an invitation to explore the life changing capacity of small stories.”

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Themes

There are several themes within this project. The first highlights the life-changing capacity of small stories, and how even the shortest story can offer us refuge, resilience, hope and empowerment. The project also attempts to challenge the ‘old stories’ that many of us grew up with; e.g. the belief that freedom can be won through conquest, power and appropriation of resources. It also asks what are the new (and ancient) stories that challenge these beliefs? Can new stories take us to a point where we begin to identify with our commonalities instead of our differences?

The project also plays with today’s obsession for distraction and exhibition. We took the idea of producing a limited- edition vinyl album together with a book containing original artwork and writing, to make an exclusive, crafted product, and for the content of the product to question and deconstruct the thinking behind a culture that frequently prefers spectacle over substance.

The hope is that the project helps dislodge some prevailing orthodoxies which may prevent people from listening and engaging with ideas simply because they dislike the way they are presented.

Cost of Album and Book £29

Limited edition 400 copies.
Incl. Double Gatefold sleeve. 11 tracks. 12×12 booklet containing 10
original artworks. 14 pieces of writing
MP3 Download card.
Designed and Printed in Sheffield UK

All proceeds to Ben’s Centre, a small charity based in Sheffield, working with vulnerable alcohol and substance users.

Postage UK

£4.35 Royal Mail First Class or £5.35 Royal Mail Signed For

Rest of world £8.95

All contributing artists have used the synopsis of the story of Preta Eshana as a baton or ideas platform. From this they have produced a piece of music, writing or artwork that reflects upon the above themes mentioned.

(All proceeds to Ben’s centre a small charity based in Sheffield that work’s with vulnerable alcohol and substance users.)

All proceeds to Ben’s Centre, a small charity based in
Sheffield, working with vulnerable alcohol and
substance users.

Postage UK

£4.35 Royal Mail First Class or £5.35 Royal Mail Signed For

Rest of world £8.95