Quilt of the Universe

by Various Artists

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    Pre-order of Quilt of the Universe. The moment the album is released you’ll get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    releases June 21, 2019

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  • Cassette

    FerroMaster C456TM cassette tape professionally dubbed by National Audio Co. in a limited edition of 300, with cover art designed by Sally Anne Morgan of Ratbee Press, liner notes by Emily Hilliard, and sound editing by Sarah Henson.

    The compilation is part of an in-house crowdfunding campaign, which also includes three original t-shirt designs by Durham artist Julienne Alexander (Elizabeth Cotten), D.C. illustrator Elizabeth Graeber (Pauline Oliveros), and Portland artist and musician Ilyas Ahmed (Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou). Proceeds support the future work of SPINSTER. Thank you to the musicians and artists for their donated tracks and designs.

    Includes digital pre-order of Quilt of the Universe. The moment the album is released you’ll get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    digital album releases June 21, 2019
    item ships out on or around June 20, 2019
    edition of 300 

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  • T-Shirt/Apparel

    Original Elizabeth Cotten design made by Durham artist Julienne Alexander. T-shirt professionally screen printed by hand with burgundy ink on 100% cotton mauve unisex Bella + Canvas brand t-shirt. Shirts are super soft!

    Julienne Alexander is an illustrator, designer, and amateur animator living in Durham, NC.
    www.yssrs.com
    shipping out on or around June 21, 2019

      $28 USD or more 

     

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    Original Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou design made by Portland musician and artist Ilyas Ahmed. T-shirt professionally screen printed by hand with yellow ink on dark gray heather 99% cotton 1% poly unisex Bella + Canvas brand t-shirt. Shirts are super soft!

    Ilyas Ahmed is a musician & artist currently residing in Portland, Oregon. ilyasahmed.bandcamp.com
    shipping out on or around June 21, 2019

      $28 USD or more 

     

  • T-Shirt/Apparel

    Original Pauline Oliveros design made by D.C. artist Elizabeth Graeber. T-shirt professionally screen printed by hand with navy ink on dusty blue heather 99% cotton 1% poly unisex Bella + Canvas brand t-shirt. Shirts are super soft!

    Elizabeth Graeber is an illustrator. Find her on instagram at @elizabeth_draws
    www.elizabethgraeber.com
    shipping out on or around June 21, 2019

      $28 USD or more 

     

  • T-Shirt/Apparel

    One Quilt of the Universe cassette tape + one each of three original t-shirts (Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou by Ilyas Ahmed, Elizabeth Cotten by Julienne Alexander, and Pauline Oliveros by Elizabeth Graeber) at a discounted price (normally $94).

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1.
Ami Dang - Unstruck Sound (Santahu Man Pavnai Sukh Baniaa)
2.
Emmalee Hunnicutt - Stellaria Media
3.
JJ_FS - Return of the Mack
4.
Ilyas Ahmed - Untitled
5.
West of Roan - Our Own Bodies
6.
Michelle Dove and Brian Howe - I Saw God
7.
Fitness Womxn - Creatures
8.
Precious Bryant - Going Down to Fannie Mae's Place (Don't Start Me Talkin')
9.
Slut Pill - Catcall
10.
Susu Robin - Burdock Shadows
11.
Carole Pegg & Radik Tülüsh - A Gay Goshawk
12.
Jake Xerxes Fussell - Handsome Molly
13.
Tavishi - Khida
14.
Village of Spaces - The Night Is Long
15.
Marisa Anderson - Shenandoah

about

378
Emily Dickinson

I saw no Way—The Heavens were stitched—
I felt the Columns close—
The Earth reversed her Hemispheres—
I touched the Universe—

And back it slid—and I alone—
A Speck upon a Ball—
Went out upon Circumference—
Beyond the Dip of Bell—

In 1977, NASA launched a 12-inch phonographic record in to space, with the words “To the makers of music—all worlds, all times,” inscribed in the plate. The Voyager Golden Record was, according to NASA, “intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials.” A hundred years earlier in rural Iowa, science teacher Ellen Harding Baker stitched her “Solar System Quilt” to illustrate the known galaxy for her astronomy students. The tracks on Quilt of the Universe share these crossed impulses—to blast terrestrial expression into the cosmos, and translate galactic information into an earthly object. These artists piece together direct messages and less apparent textural meanings: the topical content of a song like a discernible patchwork pattern, the timbre of a singer’s voice like the spacing of an embroiderer’s stitches, the arrangement of instruments as appliquéd fabric, the sonic layering as wool batting and cotton bound with silk thread. Each stitch, each note grounds the work within the artists’ specific place and time while launching it into orbit with the stars. Quilt of the Universe is an assemblage of artists sharing earthly experience, or translating planetary knowledge, or both. It is a constellation of perspectives and interpretations of the story of our respective corners of this world and time, for the listeners of music—all worlds, all times.

Baltimore sitarist, vocalist, and ambient musician Ami Dang opens side A with the hypnotic pulsing of “Unstruck Sound (Santu Man Pavnai Sukh Baniaa),” expanding her self-dubbed “bollywave” genre into entrancing depths. On tracks that follow, Emmalee Hunnicutt’s rich cello, Ilyas Ahmed’s spacious guitar work, and Tavishi’s ricocheting layered electronics create atmospheric texture while Whitesburg, Kentucky’s contraceptive rock band Slut Pill and Carrboro, North Carolina’s no-wave punk outfit Fitness Womxn’s drive the tape into its highest highs and loudest peaks. Georgia blues legend Precious Bryant's grooving “Going Down to Fannie Mae’s Place,” a take on the Sonny Boy Williamson classic "Don't Start Me Talkin,'" is the lone archival recording on the compilation, recorded by Fred Fussell at Bryant's home in Talbot County, Georgia (her “hasta la vista” exclamation at the end of the track plants us firmly in its recording year of 1993). Carole Pegg, of the 70s British folk band Mr. Fox, and Tuvan throat singer Radik Tülüsh evoke the uncanny in Child ballad, “Gay Goshawk” and Durham’s Jake Fussell picks his way through a lovely, ambling instrumental of the popular fiddle tune “Handsome Molly.” Other tracks include the orbiting experimental sound art of Michelle Dove and Brian Howe, West of Roan’s haunting and earthly original folk song “Our Own Bodies,” an emotional piano ballad from the Yukon’s Susu Robin, and JJ_FS’ Steve Reichian looped cover of the Mark Morrison 1996 R&B hit “Return of the Mack.” The compilation concludes with California psych folk duo Village of Spaces’ (Amy Moon O.S. and Dan Beckman-Moon) “The Night Is Long,” an earnest prayer for the world written by Amy’s mother in the late 60s, and an astral meditation on “Shenandoah” by Portland guitarist Marisa Anderson.

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releases June 21, 2019

Quilt of the Universe is a FerroMaster C456TM cassette tape professionally dubbed by National Audio Co. in a limited edition of 300, with cover art designed by Sally Anne Morgan of Ratbee Press, liner notes by Emily Hilliard, and sound editing by Sarah Henson.

The compilation is part of an in-house crowdfunding campaign, which also includes three original t-shirt designs by Durham artist Julienne Alexander (Elizabeth Cotten), D.C. illustrator Elizabeth Graeber (Pauline Oliveros), and Portland artist and musician Ilyas Ahmed (Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou). Proceeds support the future work of SPINSTER. Thank you to the musicians and artists for their donated tracks and designs.

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SPINSTER is an intersectional feminist record label founded in winter 2018 as a partnership between three friends-- Sarah Henson, Emily Hilliard, and Sally Anne Morgan.

Grounded by their backgrounds in music, folklore, and art, the women of SPINSTER are interested in supporting a diverse range of musicians who explore territory across the traditional, radical, and experimental.
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