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The Isle of the Dead

by Tim Hawthorn

Closed 09:05
Generate 02:59
Victory 07:45
Severity 02:00
Amnesia 14:30
Goldfish 05:11


Official soundtrack to the Avalonian Book of the Dead. Originally released in 1992 as part of a performance piece on the subject of death and dying, the material was remixed and remastered in 2000, including some previously unreleased material.

The pieces are based on Matthew (Dr Strange) Sleigh‘s word collages, which represented the pages of the Book of the Dead. The album follows the journey of the soul from the point of death to its dissolution into the limitless divine light.

The material was originally recorded on 4-track cassette tape at some point in 1991. The whole collection was remixed in September 2000 including radical reworkings of tracks 1,6 & 9 introducing some previously unreleased material. The whole piece was finally digitally remastered with JAMin on 23rd September 2004.

Although the greatest of efforts have been taken in the presentation of this material, there is a certain amount of noise, hiss and random clicks, the removal of which would have destroyed the integrity and ambience of the original music. It is a great pleasure to be able to present the piece in its entirety in its current form. Thanks to all who have helped along the way.


released October 31, 2000


Treppur Slim: 3 & 4 Lead Guitar
Greg “Willow” Seeger: 1 Drum kit 2 Percussion and Acoustic guitar
Stevie Potier: 1 Lead Guitar
Moses Kingsbury: 1 Trumpet
Adrian Hopper: 1 Sax
Matthew Sleigh: 7 drum programming
Claire Jones: additional vocals
Reading the ‘Avalonian Book of the Dead’: Sally Pullinger, Dr. Strange, Claire Jones, Lissy Freewoman, Charley Barley & tim hall.

Additional material

Lowlands - traditional
Jerusalem - Hubert Parry
excerpt from Nick Harrison‘s 1973 version
She moved through the Fair - trad.
Death March - Chopin
Dig my Grave - traditional

Original concept for The Avalonian Book of the Dead - Matthew Sleigh.
Theological corrections and spiritual guidance - Rev. Boris Gestetner.

Music & Arrangements except where otherwise stated - tim hall


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Tim Hawthorn Glastonbury, UK

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