What would you say if I told you that one of the year’s best ambient/drone albums was made from field recordings of bats? That’s the story being Ultrasonic, the 8th album to be released under the Field Works name. Stuart Hyatt, the man behind the project, recorded the sounds made by bats in Indiana. From there, the recordings were used by a group of prodigiously talented musicians — including Kelly Moran, Noveller, Eluvium, and Christina Vantzou — to create a series of stunning ambient soundscapes. I talked with Hyatt via email about the project’s genesis and the permutations that this album underwent en route to its completion.
In our afternoon reading: music recommendations from Noveller, interviews with Selena Chambers and David James Keaton, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on the new album from Priests and Sleater-Kinney’s live album, a look back at literary 2016, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Harper Lee, an interview with Thomas Page McBee, a review of the new Noveller album, an excerpt from Garth Risk Hallberg’s forthcoming novel, and more.
In our morning reading: a new essay from Megan Mayhew Bergman, interviews with Noveller and Miranda July, scenes from the East Village in the 1990s, and much more.
In our morning reading: multiple trips to Jeff VanderMeer’s Area X; new nonfiction from Michelle Dean and Jen Doll; new music from Noveller; Justin Taylor on book tours; and more.
A new novel is on the way from Kazuo Ishiguro, Luke B. Goebel interviewed Lindsay Hunter, notes on Curationism, Nick Thornburn talked about his work on Serial, and more.
A discussion of Kate Zambreno’s Green Girl, writers reveal their favorite books about soccer, Mike Sacks is interviewed on the subject of comedy, thoughts on the new Cold Beat album, and more.