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Phrenetikos (album)

I composed this piece for a concert at Edinburgh International Harp Festival 2016. It is the musical counterpart to my exploration of the desire to belong to a community, and the beginnings of an understanding as to why we humans might crave this.

It was composed in East London, a place that's a stark contrast with the remote Scottish Highlands where I spent my early years. Phrenetikos feels like an onomatopoeic word for the feeling I often get from spending lots of time on social media and is the Greek origin of the word 

This music is a kind of fusion of feelings related to place and people - cinematic harp!

Music composed, performed, engineered, produced: Fraya Thomsen 
Mixed, mastered: Gary Harper 
Artwork: Django Thomsen 
Graphic design: Renee van Baalen


Harp, Voice
Fraya Thomsen
Fraya Thomsen
April 2018
Fraya Thomsen
London and the Scottish Highlands

Table of contents

  • Track Listing:
  • 1 Expanse
  • 2 Phrenetikos
  • 3 Gun Urra
  • 4 Hope
  • Playing time 20:40


This is music, beautifully played and skilfully constructed, which draws on the folk music of Highland Scotland and contemporary techniques and motifs to convey a complex psychological moment. I look forward to more from this interesting and thoughtful musician and composer.

Dave Frances

The compositions are challenging at times, dissonant and complex, but also very beautiful, evoking windswept islands and distant temples and gentle streams. This is pioneering work

Alex Monaghan