From familiar places of comfort to which we return over and over, to singular adventures to totally new regions, this edition of Tiny Portraits examines what it means to visit.
Cody Yantis visits friends in his home state of Colorado, Italian Xu returns with his family to a favoured holiday spot in Italy, Ulf A. S. Holbrook, a Norwegian, is a tourist in Croatia, Jim Haynes leaves the USA to take on an artist residency in Estonia.
All have produced pieces reflecting on these many different ways we visit, and the ways sounds both familiar and unfamiliar shape these experiences of difference and renewal.
Outside of Memory is a piece comprised of aeolian harp, wind, and a thunderstorm. It was recorded in a single afternoon in Southern Colorado, USA at a place called Sisu, which is private land owned by a family of artists. It’s a unique spot, ringed by four separate Rocky Mountain ranges and with views of the great plains, though the immediate terrain is semi-arid high desert full of cactus, piñon, and juniper. I’ve spent many days over the past half-decade at Sisu, camping, hiking, sitting around a fire, talking, drinking coffee, reading, taking photos, performing, and recording.
This piece shares its name with a series of sketches from Sisu by Charles Parson. Many thanks to Chuck and his family for the hospitality and inspiration over the years. I’m happy to have a bit of the place documented and shared in this way. Thanks, too, to Seth Chrisman, who provided an alternate mix and mastering for what became the final draft of this piece.
Cody Yantis, Arvada, Colarado, USA.
Mastered by Seth Chrisman.
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released July 4, 2017