H.

 

H is homeland. Ulster.

Here is an attempt at landscape listening. It is a reflection on time’s influence over aural perception and memory of place; an exploration of wildlife sound recording as a mechanism for aural topography.

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Contemplation of the meaning of home, over a life’s breadth.

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In December, lines of replanted ash; branches, at the tail-end of a storm.

After the rath are the older hazels. Once coppiced, deeply guarded; croaking as wind bends them, as if stretching tired joints. There is no boisterousness with them; merely, I think, the subtle, disapproving creaks of centuries through mossed bark.