Dead Rat Orchestra present a soundtrack to the film Tyburnia: A Radical History Of 600 Years Of Public Execution by James Holcombe.
This album is the product of meticulous research into the history of the Tyburn gallows and features rediscovered broadside ballads, written by and for those condemned to dance the Tyburn Jig, intercut with psychogeographical field recordings, musique concrète and lost songs in the Thieves’ Cant. Dead Rat Orchestra have collaborated with director James Holcombe and award-winning folk artist Lisa Knapp, to create their most political album to date; an indictment of oppression, greed and the criminalisation of dissent, as relevant now as when the words were first penned, more than 300 years ago.
The CD is mounted in a 32-page, A5 perfect-bound booklet, containing lyrics and stills from the film.
“Dead Rat Orchestra’s Tyburnia mixes historical and contemporary forms such as 16th and 17th century execution ballads, electroacoustic techniques and field recordings from different execution sites. A selection of the songs contain lyrics written in Thieves Cant (also known as Rogues Cant or Peddlers French), a secret language used by ne’er-do-wells and underworld cohorts.” – Wire Magazine