by Ashley Bartholomew

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Moment... 04:06
All Beings 04:41
All Ashes 04:38
Dance 05:22
All Movement 11:32
Lit 03:24
Sanctuary 10:08


How are the sounds that aren’t created or influenced by humans relevant?

There are studies that explore the therapeutic effects of sound on the mind and body. As a recording artist, I've explored the use of field recordings and spent many hours chasing sounds. For me, time spent in the wilderness is like having a shower, it washes away a subtle part of this existence that I easily get caught up in. It also reconnects me to an experience that is ancient within, that's important to me. I wonder if there can be a transference of the aural part of this experience into music. This record explores that. 

Sanctuary isn't a political statement or a scientific study. It uses non human sounds out of a varied interest in the experience in of itself. It mixes those type of sounds with vocals, musical meaning and other familiar languages in the realms of listening. It's a play with how we connect to what we listen to, and how it effects our inner world.

The album itself explores sounds from nature on a world wide context. Weather, flora, fauna, elements of nature changing into other elements, and whole soundscape environments. They are complied together with music to explore balances and listenability. It’s a blend that is teased and experimented with throughout the album. A test of how non human created ambience can change thought patterns and moods.

In a way, I want Sanctuary to provoke that interest in the music listener. Like, how can this strange album change your headspace in anyway that's relative to being in nature? Whatever has been achieved is to discovered by you. Feel free to let me know about your experience.

- The album contains over non 50 non human soundscape samples sourced from a world wide collective of sound recording specialists and enthusiasts. Many thanks the MBARI Research Institute, Taira Komori, Kangaroo Vindaloo, Felix Blume, Thalamus Lab, Didge Girl, Kyles, C Kijanea, for the CC use or formal permission to create with their recordings.

This recording couldn't be what it is, without their time chasing sounds.


released May 29, 2019


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Exploring the language of sound and spirit. Experimenting with what music can be.

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