Music and Poetry of the Kesh is the documentation of an invented Pacific Coast peoples (the Kesh) from a far distant time, and the soundtrack of famed science fiction author, Ursula K. Le Guin's Always Coming Home. The ways of the Kesh were originally presented in 1985 as a five hundred plus page book accompanied with illustrations of instruments and tools, maps, a glossary of terms, recipes, poems, an alphabet, and with early editions, a cassette of field recordings and indigenous song. Le Guin wanted to hear the people she'd imagined; she embarked on an elaborate process with her friend Todd Barton to invoke their spirit and tradition. For Music and Poetry of the Kesh, the words and lyrics are attributed to Le Guin as composed by Barton, an Oregon-based musician, composer and Buchla Music and Poetry of the Kesh cassette was meant to accompany and enhance the experience of reading Always Coming Home. It can transport - offering a landscape for imagining a future homecoming. One in which we are balanced, peaceful, and tend to the earth and its creatures.
P1: Sickle to Sword - P2: The Secret Seller - P3: A Strangled Peace - P4: Anna the Merchant - P5: Scion of Legend - P6: A Man for Flowers - P7: Noble Lineage - P8: A Duel Disgraced - P9: Wings of Justice - P10: Ambivalence - P11: Twin Wyverns - P12: Disowned by Time - P13: Rival Bands - P14: Shadow in the Sands - P15: A Shot from the Dark - P16: Daughter to Dragons - P17: The Threat of Silence - P18: The Dead King's Lament - P19: Irreconcilable Paths - P20: A Hard Miracle - P21: Ghost of a Blade - P22: The Wellspring of Truth - P23: The Radiant Hero
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