When in doubt, listen

Ordway Prairie's sound environment is rich with full throated hisses and purrs, croaks and caws and the ever changing voices of the wind. Long time collaborator and composer, James Everest and I along with local musician friends experiment with sound in the prairie. What can we learn about this place just by listening?


Hello and welcome. With nervous excitement I'm writing to tell you about my current creative adventures. Almost a year ago I returned home. Home is a log cabin in southwest Minnesota just a stone's throw from one of Minnesota's most treasured and beautiful nature preserves, Ordway Prairie. This is where I grew up. As an artist I didn't know what creative ideas would emerge or if I'd have time to even ask myself that. I was here to do a job. To make my mother's passing as comfortable for her as I could. I didn't plan on being in this place long beyond that. But, the longer I stayed and the more i discovered the more I felt a need to tell the story of this place. At first it was just my story;

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