Ballad of Reading Gaol - The Cacophonietta

by C.3.3.

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C.3.3. is a personal project from Paul Jamrozy co-founder of original industrial agitators Test Dept. The work is inspired by the real life experience of Her Majesty’s Prison Reading. Tracing the history of the location through to the present current political and social situation, evoking the harsh realities of Victorian and modern day Britain.

The title C.3.3. is drawn from the cell number where the literary figure Oscar Wilde was incarcerated in Reading Gaol under gross indecency charges. C.3.3. was the pseudonym used for the publication ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’ a poem based on the execution of a fellow inmate.

This sonic rendition draws upon the writings of Wilde's poem and the horrors of prison life for a condemned man, as a metaphor for the universal predicament of all humankind.

Ballad of Reading Gaol - The Cacophonietta
(Controlled Disturbance in Four Movements and Reprise)

The album is only available in its entirety including three additional tracks.
These three tracks feature Grassy Noel's reading of the poem on Track 6.The Wistful Eye and Track 7.Gallows Tree.
Track 8. is a drum rendition version of The Devil's Own Brigade.
All three additional tracks are available as solo downloads.


released October 17, 2014

Composed - Jamrozy/Corrigan

Paul Jamrozy - Electronics/Percussion/Voice
Roz Corrigan - Piano/Keyboards/Gramophone

Poem - Noel Macken
Original poem - Oscar Wilde



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Track Name: Wistful Eye - (Poem Version)
He did not wear his scarlet coat but blood and wine are red,
But blood and wine were on his hands when they found him with the dead,
The poor dead woman whom he loved and murdered in her bed.
Track Name: Gallows Tree - (Poem Version)
Grim to see is the gallows tree with its adder bitten root...the hangman's snare strangled to a scream.