Ceridwen Suiter is the professional name I use for my composition, recording, and presentation of my computer music and audio art.
Ceridwen is the Welsh goddess, with magical abilities of transformation that give her great power, who shows great generosity of spirit and self control.
Ceridwen spent a sleepless 365 days constantly stirring her own recipe into a potion that would transform a deformed relative into a great beauty. On the last night, for the final hours of the required cooking time of a year and day, she asked a man she trusted to stand guard on her cauldron, so she could wake refreshed to see the joyous results of her work.
At the last moment, the man was possibly careless, or more likely an opportunist, with her transformative potion. His ‘accident’ destroyed the utility of the potion for its intended recipient, but gave the man new possibilities for his own advancement.
Ceridwen woke to find her work wasted and her trust betrayed, and banished him from her domain. As he ran away but certain that he could outwit her, Ceridwen was so speedy and powerful in her own transformational abilities, that despite his new capacities, she was able to dominate and catch him. Ceridwen could well have followed through on her great and justifiable rage at the man breaking her trust, and put an end to his life.
Instead, Ceridwen’s life-enhancing ethics stood firm. She had already demonstrated her superior mental and physical agility to bring him to this situation of powerless vulnerability. This, she decided, was in itself enough warning against further misdeeds and let him go free.
The miscreant took the hint by travelling to a distant country, where he charmed the king and became his (not always successful) war strategist… thereby continuing to show his true nature.
Ceridwen is still revered for her powers, and comes in many guises suggested by the many spellings of her original name. The name Wendy was allegedly invented in the 19th century. It is highly plausible that JM Barrie, following his ancient predecessor, simply transformed the power of her ancient name into this modern version to enhance his own advancement, and also minimised Ceridwen’s all-knowing all-seeing life-giving power into the hapless mother figure for the eternal mischief boy Peter Pan.
There is much to admire in Ceridwen’s character and mental abilities. Her magical prowess and shape-shifting completely symbolises and epitomises life working in the intangible digital domains of sampling and audio processing.
Indeed the purpose of my digital transformations is to create music which reflects on contemporary social issues, stimulates discussions about ethics and personal values, and encourages each of us to work with integrity and respect for diversity.