"SCCHH...PHH" Chocolate Monk Records December 2017
Two collage compositions constructed from cassette tapes that have been spliced and destructed. The cassettes used to create these pieces are ones that Beylis has gathered and recorded throughout her life. The oldest recording found within was made by Beylis' father when she was learning to speak. Also spliced are tape field recordings made in Pittsburgh, California, Baltimore and New Orleans by Beylis and also by Willie Stewart. Futhermore are cassette tapes of roadside preachers gathered at truckstops across the USA, the voices of self-help gurus degenerating and melting away, weird & wild nature cassettes, prank phone calls from the Uke of Phillips tape zine, late night drunken confessionals and the warble and hiss inherent to any tape sound.
"GREEN BIRD FOUNTAIN" Wild Silence August 2016
"My parents used to tell me that I was born with two bumps on my head. "Like the little horns of a baby goat," my father explained. But the doctors in the hospital in Kiev quickly removed any evidence of them. Not long after my birth the whole family left for the new world. During the long, windy passage my grandmother nearly got arrested in Vienna for having an argument with a young solider. In fairness, he tried to steal a lollipop from me. We eventually settled in Baltimore, Maryland where I was ushered through a string of stern and extremely well postured piano teachers. I had my first recital at the age of 5. I climbed the steps up to the stage, stood beside the instrument, announced the piece I would perform and then mistakenly walked the wrong long away around the looming grand piano feeling mortification with every step. Playing piano in front of other humans has left me feeling awkward ever since.
I moved away from Baltimore at 17 and left behind the everyday presence of a piano in my life.
Everywhere I've lived since I've accumulated sound making devices: toy organs, casio keyboards, kids karaoke machines, mandolins, chimes, bells, twigs, food processers, and what-have-yous. Now I live in an old farmhouse in the middle of a bog in the emptiness of Ireland, surrounded by trees and with a constant changing stream of cats, donkeys, horses, goats, chickens, humans and a dog named Rooster Cogburn. Three years ago when a friend was packing up to sell his family home, an out of tune and hauntingly resonant H. Lange & Co, Berlin suddenly found itself in need of a new home. And thus the constant presence of the tinkling keys re-enterd my life.2
- Natalia Beylis -
"THE SUNKEN HUM VOL 2: On the Edge of the Bog: A Day in Three Acts" Green Field Recordings October 2015
ACT I Morning ACT II Twilight ACT III Night
All of these tracks are taken from a daily sound diary I kept in 2013 in which I recorded two minutes of my surroundings everyday and then published these to the world. I embarked on this phonographic archive with a voyeuristic curiosity that stemmed from a fascination with how people routinely spend their time. I figured the easiest way to satiate this curiosity was by dissecting my own typical day. On these tracks, I've patched together common sounds from my life in Leitrim (a sparsely populated county in the Northwest of Ireland) in the hopes of creating a tapestry of my day.
- Natalia Beylis -
"THE SUNKEN HUM VOL 1: Field Recordings of Rhythms & Drones" Deserted Village October 2014
Each side of this tape contains a selection of 16 recordings of continuous murmurs chosen from the Sunken Hum Sound Diary (a year long sound art project of 365 two minute daily field recordings taken for a full calendar year). The sounds on this cassette are pure and unmanipulated.
You can visit a map of here all of the sounds on this release were recorded.
"WHAT IS THE STARS?" Tesla Tapes November 2017
This is a companion album to "In Deference to the Squeamish"
Tracks recorded in ancient forests and along the canals of South Longford & Leitrim as well as in Carrowkeel Megalithic Tomb & the strange dark sunken cave beyond the tomb that depending on which crowd you ask are either portals to the otherworld or landing sites for extraterrestrials
All tracks by Natalia Beylis, David Colohan & Willie Stewart who play: wind up toys, cumbus, low whistle, stones, bells, mandolin, various rattle shakers, prayer drum, mountain banjo, dulcimer, the waters of the Royal Canal, branches, shepard's horn, saw, giant ball bearings,
footsteps, autumn leaves, banjo, wind-up music box, autoharp, seashells, voice, shruti box & floor tom
"BLACKBERRIES & JUNIPER TWIGS" Sofia Records September 2016
Live recordings from two Divil A' Bit gigs from 16/04/16. One played in the daylight and one when the sun went down.
"Blackberries & Juniper Twigs I" is an excerpt from a Divil A' Bit gig at Little Gem Records, Kildare Street, Dublin (Nighttime)
"Blackberries & Juniper Twigs II" is an excerpt from Divil A' Bit playing at the squat in Grangegorman, Dublin (Afternoon) Featuring the voice of Emer Brady leading a yoga session in the room during the gig.
"THE SUN SETS AT A FOOT'S PACE" Self - Released September 2015
This is a recording of a live soundtrack to a film by W.R Stewart.
"Moonmilk Roof, the debut release from free music collective, Three Eyed Makara – a revolving ensemble led by Natalia Beylis and Willie Stewart.
From within a forest set deep in the Irish countryside, Three Eyed Makara channel the sounds of mythical creatures battling in the stirred silt of the ocean floor; velvet antlers lock; tail fins flicker; pine scent; oak sap; heaving giants thrashing at the threshold, third eye blinking.
In this recording, Three Eyed Makara is Willie (percussion) and Natalia (Mandobird, electronics), Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh (viola), Djuna Keen (saxophone).