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Audio Postcard from Azerbaijan

From: Carla Seidl
Length: 04:25

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Sound collage from a small village in the north of Azerbaijan

Findiqall2_small Producer Carla Seidl lived in the post-Soviet, Muslim republic of Azerbaijan for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer, spending most of her time in a small, rural village in the north of the country. In this unnarrated sound collage, Seidl creates an aural painting of life in her village using recordings of sounds she often heard in her daily life there. She interweaves sounds of chores, animals, music, nature, and talking in the Azerbaijani language to give us a sense of a very rich and very other place.

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For the first year of my Peace Corps service, I lived in a small village in the north of Azerbaijan, a country that lies between Iran, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, and the Caspian Sea.  There, the rhythm of life was different, the food was different, the language was different, nearly everything was different from anything I'd known before. When I closed my eyes and focused on my ears, I heard lots of sounds repeating themselves over and over again: sounds of animals, of chores being done, intermixed with more modern sounds of Turkish pop music from the satellite television.  In the following sound collage, I tried to give a feeling for my village life using sounds I recorded in Azerbaijan in 2006 and 2007.

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Producer Carla Seidl lived in the post-Soviet, Muslim republic of Azerbaijan for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer, spending most of her time in a small, rural village in the north of the country. In this unnarrated sound collage, Seidl creates an aural painting of life in her village using recordings of sounds she often heard in her daily life there. She interweaves sounds of chores, animals, music, nature, and talking in the Azerbaijani language to give us a sense of a very rich and very other place.

Optional Audio Intro:
For the first year of my Peace Corps service, I lived in a small village in the north of Azerbaijan, a country that lies between Iran, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, and the Caspian Sea.  There, the rhythm of life was different, the food was different, the language was different, nearly everything was different from anything I'd known before. When I closed my eyes and focused on my ears, I heard lots of sounds repeating themselves over and over again: sounds of animals, of chores being done, intermixed with more modern sounds of Turkish pop music from the satellite television.  In the following sound collage, I tried to give a feeling for my village life using sounds I recorded in Azerbaijan in 2006 and 2007.

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wished u were there

I have no context for Azerbaijan at all but this evocative sampling drew me in, sometimes reminding me of other places I have visited and inviting the imagination to those I haven't . . . yet.

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