Includes the cassette in a canvas bag, and six redscale photographs, resting on a bed of oak leaves, inside a hand-stained and silkscreened wooden box with a framed image of the oak tree. The B side of the cassette contains a field recording taken at the tree.
Numbered & limited edition of 92 copies.
Includes unlimited streaming of +33° 58' 41.85", -117° 49' 13.74" (The Oak Tree)
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
Buried in the ground
Buried near the Salton Sea, beside a 19th century cemetery outside Onyx, in the Los Padres National Forest, and behind the abandoned cages of the old L.A. zoo, are the last of the cassettes, housed in airtight boxes. This package includes a letter and a flash drive containing a recording unique to each location.
At the top of a hill near the house where I grew up, there is an oak tree, gnarled and imposing over a field of dry, waist-high grasses. In the endlessly developed spans of suburban Southern California, this tree lies in a rare bald spot, between fenced-in lawns and tracts of dirt being landscaped for construction. Beyond it, a larger field continues into Brea Canyon, areas that haven't been developed and still remain as land for cattle and oil rigs rusted to a stop. Out past the canyon, hidden by the haze, lies Los Angeles, the sea, the whole world.
I spent a lot of time there when I was young.
As time passes, as I get older and more nostalgic for a time before the creeping cynicism of adult life, I’ve come to think of that oak tree as the best possible location to have my ashes spread: The place where the world opened up, before I knew how easily it could close. It’s a wish to go back to a simpler time, and to reconnect with the sense of possibility and mystery that is a hallmark of childhood.
This release is about home, about sunlight, wind, and the open spaces we've got left - and about returning there when we're finished.
released September 9, 2012
Performed by Julie Carpenter, Roderick Cumming, Clara Dykstra, Leah Harmon, Clint Heidorn, Tom Paige, Sam Robles, & Pamela Maravilla Samuelson.
Composition and Field Recording by Clint Heidorn
Vocal arrangement by Leah Harmon
Recorded & Mixed by Eddie Rivas at Total Annihilation Studios, Los Angeles