House

by LINDSAY DOBBIN

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Memory returned.
Its texture unfolds – leaving
the house one last time.

Comprised of loop-based guitar and piano tracks that have been processed with old, damaged tape, I created these recordings after participating in an incredible ancestry workshop in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia over a year ago. Throughout the weekend we were learning how to access deep memory in our bodies as a way to learn more about a chosen ancestor. I was researching my Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) great great grandmother. On my last night there I went for a walk along the river. There was no wind, no clouds, and I could hear and see for miles. A ways into my walk, I remember looking back at the farm house I was staying in and being struck by the image of wood fire smoke billowing out of the chimney into the star-filled sky. The clouds leaving the house seemed like memory in action — a visible retrieval, unfolding into shapes and then fading away. In this simple moment, I experienced that rare feeling of awe, and asked myself, "When is it okay to go home?" The question echoed inside of me for weeks. One day I finally realized that I had been looking back at and revisiting an old house for a long time — one that I was finally ready to burn down and leave behind so that I could proceed with reclaiming the home that is rightfully mine.

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released December 21, 2014

All sounds by Lindsay Dobbin.

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