Tree Talks: Populus Tremuloides (Album)

Limited Edition Vinyl Record

Tree Talks: Populus Tremuloides is the culmination of a year-long series of gatherings focused on understanding a single tree through a multitude of perspectives. The project centers on Populus tremuloides, quaking aspen, the most widely distributed tree in North America. Once per season, from October 2021–August 2022, the public was invited to gather within a grove of quaking aspen at Kenosha Pass, Colorado to hear lectures by experts from diverse fields—ranging from ecologists to poets—who each shared their knowledge of the tree. The sounds of these gatherings were recorded using a variety of microphones to capture human voices, scientific information, poetic and metaphysical ideas, and the sounds of the aspen and other flora and fauna of the landscape. This album (and accompanying material) is an attempt to encapsulate a multivocal story about a quaking aspen grove located at 9,997′ elevation on Kenosha Pass, Colorado, USA, Planet Earth, Solar System, Oort Cloud, Local Interstellar Cloud, Local Cavity, Orion Arm, Milky Way, Local Group, Virgo Supercluster, Laniakea Supercluster, the Universe.

Part I
Fall Silence → Kenosha Pass Mix → Winter Silence

Part II
Deep Listening (with MJ Sullivan) → Spring Silence → [dreams] (by Iddo Aharony) → Summer Silence

Field Recording and Sound Design by Ben Kinsley
Mixed and Mastered by Jonathan Schenke, Studio Windows, Brooklyn, NY
Lathe Cut by Little Elephant Custom Vinyl
Designed by Jessica Langley and Platform
Produced by Black Cube Nomadic Art Museum

Limited Edition of 50

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This project is produced by Black Cube with support by a CRCW grant from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs