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Natalia Beylis // Lost - For Annie TAPE

Natalia Beylis // Lost - For Annie TAPE

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This is a cassette released in June 2024 by Irish experimental musician and field recording artist Natalia Beylis in a limited run of 6 copies by the experimental label Outside Time in Washington DC, USA. 

This album contains four tracks that are a socio-ecological approach to audio documentaries, weaving together field recordings, sound collages, and spoken word. DL code included.

It also includes an interview about the Sweathouse (Irish sauna) project, which was popular in Ireland in the 1900s. Mastering was done by Andrew Weathers.

Previous workIs also recommended.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"At the heart of Natalia Beylis' music is the intertwined practice of listening and creating. She regularly foregrounds both field recordings and found instruments, building worlds around the strange sounds she encounters and allowing a process of recontextualization to create meaning from unexpected encounters. What emerges is a deep connection to her environment, whether it be the human community or the vast world of non-human life that surrounds her.

This sense of connection runs through Lost - For Annie, a collection of recordings made with artists working in various mediums from Natalia Beylis's extended community in Ireland. She has lived in Leitrim for 18 years, listening to its sounds and documenting the changing sounds around her. Lost - For Annie is a singular record of ecological activism, community participation and artistic expression, elegantly alluding to questions of how humans and other peoples understand and respond to ecological and sociological change. Natalia Beylis's recordings range from spontaneous group vocal improvisations to documentary-style interview recordings, from solitary instrumental performances to sampled bird calls. These sounds are Natalia Beylis's way of getting to know her hometown (and the others who live there) more intimately.

The 19-plus minute title track takes up the entirety of side A of the collection and was written to accompany an installation by visual artist Annie Hogg. Hogg's installation, which will premiere in 2023, explores the environmental destruction caused by large-scale commercial agriculture, a phenomenon Natalia Beylis experiences first-hand while living amongst industrial, monocultural forests. Lost - For Annie is brimming with birdsong, recorded by Natalia Beylis around her home and sampled from an LP ironically released by an oil multinational. Opening with lush electronics and a familiar chirp, the track continues with an extended recording of Natalia Beylis walking through a recently cleared forest. When the birdsong reappears, it's electronically manipulated, played backwards, distorted and unsettling. As Natalia Beylis writes in the liner notes, "When the birds on this list are gone, it will only be through recordings like these that we will be able to remember their voices. For now, we look forward to their return to the young woods of Drumnadaver." 

In mid-2022, Natalia Beylis collaborated with artists Laura Gallagher and Kate Murtagh Sheridan on a multimedia piece entitled Monumental Healing. The three works on side two of this collection were produced as part of this endeavour to understand the origins and uses of the many hidden (and now abandoned) saunas scattered around the populated areas of Leitrim. A remarkable fascination with these places of healing and recovery, disused for generations, is captured in Interviews with Leitrim Sauna Project Participants, which echo Annea Lockwood's Sound Map of the Danube. After an interlude that explores the acoustic properties of ceramic objects made and performed by Murtagh Sheridan, the soaring organ drone of The Roots of the Mountain Ash Embrace the Stone envelops the listener. The work recreates the profound and enigmatic feeling of solitude and belonging one feels when entering such an almost ancient structure.

Natalia Beylis' work is rooted in place and perspective, her ears attuned to her surroundings and conscious of her unique place in the sonic tapestry. Here, she traces each juncture between environment and observer with sensitivity and consideration. There's a gentle assertion that when we, as listeners, surrender to these sounds, we gain a deeper understanding of our role in co-creating them."

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Includes DL code. Cassette in norelco case. 2nd edition of 50. 

tracklist:

1. Lost - For Annie 19:12
2. Interviews with Participants of The Leitrim Sweathouse Project. 12:30
3. Kate's Ceramic 00:32
4. The Roots of the Mountain Ash Embrace the Stone (excerpt) 06:15

Text excerpt by Outside Time:

"... 'Lost - For Annie' is a singular document of ecological activism, community engagement, and artistic expression that gracefully implies questions of how people – human and otherwise – understand and cope with ecological and sociological changes. Beylis' source material ranges from spontaneous group vocal improvisation to documentary-style interview recordings, from solitary instrumental performance to sampled birdcalls. These are the sounds of Beylis coming to know her home (and the others) that live there alongside her) more deeply.

The titular piece, stretching out for over 19 minutes, occupies the entirety of the collection's first side and was written to accompany an installation by visual artist Annie Hogg. Hogg's installation, first shown in 2023, explores the environmental destruction brought on by large-scale commercial farming, a phenomenon Beylis has experienced firsthand living surrounded by an industrial, monocultural forest. "Lost - For Annie" is abundant with birdsong - recorded by Beylis around her home and sampled from LPs released, ironically, by oil multinationals - until it isn't. What begins with lush electronics and familiar chirping descends into an extended recording of Beylis walking through the recently clear-felled forest notable for the absence of any sound except that of her feet trudging through soil and detritus. When the birdsong reappears, it's been electronically manipulated, thrown into reverse, sounding warbled and uneasy. As Beylis writes in the liner notes, "When the birds on this list are gone, it will Only through these types of recordings will we remember their voices. For now, we eagerly await the imminent return of the birds to the young woodland at Drumnadubber.”

In mid-2022, Beylis, alongside artists Laura Gallagher and Kate Murtagh Sheridan, collaborated on a multimedia work titled 'Monumental Healing,' which itself was conceived in conjunction with a wider group of volunteers comprising The Leitrim Sweathouse Project. The three pieces on the second side of this collection were created as a part of that endeavor, an attempt to understand the origins and uses of the many hidden (and now defunct) sweathouses scattered around the margins of populated zones in Leitrim. The wide-eyed fascination with these sites of healing and recovery, which fell out of use generations ago, is captured on “Interviews with Participants of The Leitrim Sweathouse Project,” which echoes Annea Lockwood's Sound Map of the Danube. After an interlude where we hear the sonic properties of a ceramic object made and played by Murtagh Sheridan, the heaving organ drones of “The Roots of the Mountain Ash Embrace the Stone '' enfold the listener. The piece echoes the profound, enigmatic sense of solitude and unity that can be felt when inside one of these near-ancient structures – the past and the present melt together into one continuous cycle of rupture and repair.

Beylis' work is rooted in place and perspective, her ears attuned to their surroundings and aware of their unique position within the sonic tapestry. 'Lost - For Annie' sees her tracing each point of connection between environment and observer with sensitivity and compassion. There's a gentle insistence that when we, as listeners, give ourselves over to these sounds, we gain a greater understanding of the role we play in co-creating them.
"

Artist: Natalia Beylis

Label: Outside Time

CAT No: OUT002

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This is a cassette released in June 2024 by Irish experimental musician and field recording artist Natalia Beylis in a limited run of 6 copies by the experimental label Outside Time in Washington DC, USA. 

This album contains four tracks that are a socio-ecological approach to audio documentaries, weaving together field recordings, sound collages, and spoken word. DL code included.

It also includes an interview about the Sweathouse (Irish sauna) project, which was popular in Ireland in the 1900s. Mastering was done by Andrew Weathers.

Previous workIs also recommended.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"At the heart of Natalia Beylis' music is the intertwined practice of listening and creating. She regularly foregrounds both field recordings and found instruments, building worlds around the strange sounds she encounters and allowing a process of recontextualization to create meaning from unexpected encounters. What emerges is a deep connection to her environment, whether it be the human community or the vast world of non-human life that surrounds her.

This sense of connection runs through Lost - For Annie, a collection of recordings made with artists working in various mediums from Natalia Beylis's extended community in Ireland. She has lived in Leitrim for 18 years, listening to its sounds and documenting the changing sounds around her. Lost - For Annie is a singular record of ecological activism, community participation and artistic expression, elegantly alluding to questions of how humans and other peoples understand and respond to ecological and sociological change. Natalia Beylis's recordings range from spontaneous group vocal improvisations to documentary-style interview recordings, from solitary instrumental performances to sampled bird calls. These sounds are Natalia Beylis's way of getting to know her hometown (and the others who live there) more intimately.

The 19-plus minute title track takes up the entirety of side A of the collection and was written to accompany an installation by visual artist Annie Hogg. Hogg's installation, which will premiere in 2023, explores the environmental destruction caused by large-scale commercial agriculture, a phenomenon Natalia Beylis experiences first-hand while living amongst industrial, monocultural forests. Lost - For Annie is brimming with birdsong, recorded by Natalia Beylis around her home and sampled from an LP ironically released by an oil multinational. Opening with lush electronics and a familiar chirp, the track continues with an extended recording of Natalia Beylis walking through a recently cleared forest. When the birdsong reappears, it's electronically manipulated, played backwards, distorted and unsettling. As Natalia Beylis writes in the liner notes, "When the birds on this list are gone, it will only be through recordings like these that we will be able to remember their voices. For now, we look forward to their return to the young woods of Drumnadaver." 

In mid-2022, Natalia Beylis collaborated with artists Laura Gallagher and Kate Murtagh Sheridan on a multimedia piece entitled Monumental Healing. The three works on side two of this collection were produced as part of this endeavour to understand the origins and uses of the many hidden (and now abandoned) saunas scattered around the populated areas of Leitrim. A remarkable fascination with these places of healing and recovery, disused for generations, is captured in Interviews with Leitrim Sauna Project Participants, which echo Annea Lockwood's Sound Map of the Danube. After an interlude that explores the acoustic properties of ceramic objects made and performed by Murtagh Sheridan, the soaring organ drone of The Roots of the Mountain Ash Embrace the Stone envelops the listener. The work recreates the profound and enigmatic feeling of solitude and belonging one feels when entering such an almost ancient structure.

Natalia Beylis' work is rooted in place and perspective, her ears attuned to her surroundings and conscious of her unique place in the sonic tapestry. Here, she traces each juncture between environment and observer with sensitivity and consideration. There's a gentle assertion that when we, as listeners, surrender to these sounds, we gain a deeper understanding of our role in co-creating them."

----------------------------------------

Includes DL code. Cassette in norelco case. 2nd edition of 50. 

tracklist:

1. Lost - For Annie 19:12
2. Interviews with Participants of The Leitrim Sweathouse Project. 12:30
3. Kate's Ceramic 00:32
4. The Roots of the Mountain Ash Embrace the Stone (excerpt) 06:15

Text excerpt by Outside Time:

"... 'Lost - For Annie' is a singular document of ecological activism, community engagement, and artistic expression that gracefully implies questions of how people – human and otherwise – understand and cope with ecological and sociological changes. Beylis' source material ranges from spontaneous group vocal improvisation to documentary-style interview recordings, from solitary instrumental performance to sampled birdcalls. These are the sounds of Beylis coming to know her home (and the others) that live there alongside her) more deeply.

The titular piece, stretching out for over 19 minutes, occupies the entirety of the collection's first side and was written to accompany an installation by visual artist Annie Hogg. Hogg's installation, first shown in 2023, explores the environmental destruction brought on by large-scale commercial farming, a phenomenon Beylis has experienced firsthand living surrounded by an industrial, monocultural forest. "Lost - For Annie" is abundant with birdsong - recorded by Beylis around her home and sampled from LPs released, ironically, by oil multinationals - until it isn't. What begins with lush electronics and familiar chirping descends into an extended recording of Beylis walking through the recently clear-felled forest notable for the absence of any sound except that of her feet trudging through soil and detritus. When the birdsong reappears, it's been electronically manipulated, thrown into reverse, sounding warbled and uneasy. As Beylis writes in the liner notes, "When the birds on this list are gone, it will Only through these types of recordings will we remember their voices. For now, we eagerly await the imminent return of the birds to the young woodland at Drumnadubber.”

In mid-2022, Beylis, alongside artists Laura Gallagher and Kate Murtagh Sheridan, collaborated on a multimedia work titled 'Monumental Healing,' which itself was conceived in conjunction with a wider group of volunteers comprising The Leitrim Sweathouse Project. The three pieces on the second side of this collection were created as a part of that endeavor, an attempt to understand the origins and uses of the many hidden (and now defunct) sweathouses scattered around the margins of populated zones in Leitrim. The wide-eyed fascination with these sites of healing and recovery, which fell out of use generations ago, is captured on “Interviews with Participants of The Leitrim Sweathouse Project,” which echoes Annea Lockwood's Sound Map of the Danube. After an interlude where we hear the sonic properties of a ceramic object made and played by Murtagh Sheridan, the heaving organ drones of “The Roots of the Mountain Ash Embrace the Stone '' enfold the listener. The piece echoes the profound, enigmatic sense of solitude and unity that can be felt when inside one of these near-ancient structures – the past and the present melt together into one continuous cycle of rupture and repair.

Beylis' work is rooted in place and perspective, her ears attuned to their surroundings and aware of their unique position within the sonic tapestry. 'Lost - For Annie' sees her tracing each point of connection between environment and observer with sensitivity and compassion. There's a gentle insistence that when we, as listeners, give ourselves over to these sounds, we gain a greater understanding of the role we play in co-creating them.
"

Artist: Natalia Beylis

Label: Outside Time

CAT No: OUT002