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A Long Wait

by Paula García Stone

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A long wait 20:10
Takatakataka 01:34
Ice hot day 01:06


A Long Wait explores vulnerability and isolation during 2020 to 2021. Placed in the “clinically extremely vulnerable” category, Paula García Stone was not able to leave her house at all during the lockdowns of 2020. She was also unable to walk for most of the year due to fractured bones in one of her feet. A Long Wait is the product of this period of grief, loneliness and frustration. Turning to her domestic and local soundscape for inspiration, she composes here with lawn mowers, medical equipment, insects and her own breath. “I found that generally my neighbourhood all had their lawn mowers out and were doing DIY, unlike the new found silence people seemed to be describing at the time. Somehow I managed, and I found domestic sounds and my own medical paraphernalia interesting and useful in the bigger context of my environment. I hoped to amplify grief and at times frustration, as well as the rhythm of time passing by,” she explains.

Both sadness and the convoluted and disorienting experience of time are important themes in this album, but it also marks lighter, more uncanny moments amid the difficulties of the past year. Heavy rainfall, experiences of extreme heat and humidity, and even a visitation by flying ants, swirl together in the compositions, sitting uneasily alongside Stone's quiet breaths, medical devices and discontent. An album of both loud and quiet dismay as well as unexpected comforts and surprises.
About the artist: Paula García Stone is an Anglo-Hispanic visual and sound artist. Due to type 1 diabetes and its complications, Stone has been in and out of hospital since 1975. These experiences of both health and vulnerability as well as the medical system are central to her practice. She has been active within the arts for more than 30 years, and began composing with sound in 2003. She has worked both as a solo artist and collaboratively across composition, installation and film.
For more: www.paulagarciastone.com


released July 16, 2021

All tracks by Paula García Stone
Mastered by Nima Aghiani
Photography Paula García Stone
Design Paula García Stone + Kate Carr


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