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Quilt Of The Universe

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MC $9.75

12/13/2019

SIS 0002 


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. Features tracks from AMI DANG, EMMALEE HUNNICUTT, JJ_FS, ILYAS AHMED, WEST OF ROAN, MICHELLE DOVE & BRIAN HOWE, FITNESS WOMXN, PRECIOUS BRYANT, SLUT PILL, SUSU ROBIN, CAROLE PEGG & RADIK TÜLÜSH, JAKE XERXES FUSSELL, TAVISHI, VILLAGE OF SPACES, and MARIA ANDERSON.

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