The Last Frost Fair
Robin Parmar

File under: ambient, instrumental, loops
Code: 2020D02

It's early in the morning, in that special hour of quiet when nothing stirs. Outside the space that defines home, the world is dark. The house settles fractionally into the earth. In this year nineteen-ninety-three it seems certain that nothing will ever change. All futures are written. Destiny is frozen.

I am listening to music using the popular medium of the time, the compact disc. This particular disc becomes stuck, repeating a short recycled loop for a minute. Then the laser shifts lazily onwards, only to get stuck again a moment later.

Transfixed, I listen. The world is frozen. The hour is eternal. Crystalline sounds circle my head in a beautiful array of ever-changing stasis.

Eventually the looping ends. Sound stops. I take note of my surroundings, rise to my feet, walk over to the CD player, and power the unit down.


These seven tracks were composed using material from one commercial compact disc, skipping in place.

With purchase you will receive the bonus album Periphery, containing the original mixes of the same source material. This album was circulated privately in 1999, but has never been released to the public.

Released 27 December 2020 on Bandcamp.



Created by Robin Parmar at Studio Ubiquity, Canada and Ireland, in 1999 and 2019. Mastered in 2020.

Design from a poster for the London Frost Fair of 1683.

Titles from the book Frostiana; or A History of the River Thames In a Frozen State: and the Wonderful Effects of Frost, Snow, Ice, and Cold, in England, and in Different Parts of the World Interspersed with Various Amusing Anecdotes, published 1814.

Composition, production, and artwork by Robin Parmar.