David Sylvian ‎– Manafon

Samadhisound ‎– sound cd ss016
CD, Album, Digipak

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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*

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℗ & © 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.

Packaging: six panel Digipak with a folded credit sheet. There is also a limited edition CD+DVD deluxe, catalogue # sound cd ss016 dx.

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

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


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July 9, 2017
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.
Art for art's sake.

I just thought the Nine Horses outing had rid him of the pretensions of Blemish. It didn't.
If you like Eno, Zorn, Kottke and Cage, that's fine. Manafon is for you.
But musical references to the avant-garde is not what attracted me to David's sound so many years ago... [Repeat paragraph 1]


May 6, 2016
jag har lyssnat på david sedan han blev solo artist .Hans tidigare japan har jag lyssnat in då och då .David är för mig en person som skriver med hjärtat och det är i princip alltid bra låtar . JAg har ingen favorit cd alla låtar har en själ david röst är en ohörd förmåga att alltid hitta sitt uttryck. Cd manafon remixade jag på skoj jag fick till en del grejor .Nå david blit aldrig dålig han är den nu mera den bäst begåvade låt skriivaren tack från sverige ni får ta gogel translat om ni vill veta vad jag skriver .


December 9, 2014
Manafon is a brave record. If you are familiar with the work of Evan Parker, John Tilbury, Keith Rowe and AMM, Christian Fennesz, Otomo Yoshihide, John Cage and Electro-Acoustic Improvisational music in general, then you have an idea what to expect. The fact that Sylvian was able to merge that type of music with beautiful melodic and lyrical expression is stunning, and this record has some profound and very personal moments of revelation. DS stated clearly that he challenged himself with this record and that his audience would be challenged with him. Clearly, folks expecting more of the same will be disappointed - Sylvian is searching and exploring - a restless artist creating modern music, music which takes time to understand and often takes time for the rest of the world to appreciate. Debussy was called "garbage music" in his day, which seems amazing now - but anything truly at-the-edge suffers this judgement frequently. Time will show this to be a masterpiece of artistic expression. Stand outs on this record include "Small Metal Gods" and "Emily Dickinson."


July 9, 2011
If the Gone to Earth/Secrets of the beehive is the highest point of David Sylvian, then Manafon and Died in the wool is the lowest. For me, Blemish was a real disappontment but this material is a real garbage. I'm sorry, I can't use any better words for it. Reading rewievs about this album makes me think that everyone's gone mad when praising it as a masterpiece while I find it simply un-listenable.... Do we are really so different? This one is not for the soul.