Always Coming Home: A Sonic Journey From Kesh

For this month’s FTSxNTS, Freedom To Spend’s monthly show on NTS, Andrea Zarza Canova reimagines Ursula K. Le Guin’s world of the Kesh by mixing Ursula and Todd Barton’s music, ethnographic recordings of Yurok, Tolowa, and Papago performers, and oral excerpts from Always Coming Home.

In Always Coming Home (1985), Ursula K. Le Guin develops a fictional ethnography of an invented Pacific Coast peoples from a far distant time, the Kesh, survivors of an ecological catastrophe in Northern California. Early editions were published with an accompanying cassette containing ‘field recordings’ and indigenous song, which Freedom To Spend reissued in March 2018.

Listen back to Andrea’s mix and read the full editorial over at NTS.

Andrea Zarza Canova is a sound archivist, curator at the British Library Sound Archive, and co-founder of Mana Records.

Ursula K. Le Guin & Todd Barton – Kesh



contemplate Kesh, a short film by vanessa renwick, reimagining ursula k. le guin & todd barton’s other worlds ~



oh, and the repress of Music and Poetry of The Kesh has arrived! gets yours at the shop

Ursula K. Le Guin & Todd Barton – Music and Poetry of The Kesh

Today we celebrate the release of Ursula K. Le Guin & Todd Barton‘s Music and Poetry of The Kesh. The first edition is sold out at source, but we are taking pre-orders for the repress now, which is scheduled to ship in May.
Discover the Kesh here, and pre-order the second edition at Freedom To Spend ~