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Landwerk I 09:48
Landwerk II 08:16
Landwerk III 07:01
Landwerk IV 10:52


These pieces are the products of late Winter '19/Spring '20 at home in Kentucky and, though they've come to take on a variety of new personal resonances, especially here in Pandemic Season, they owe their existence to my being belatedly hipped in 2019 to The Caretaker's "An Empty Bliss Beyond This World" -- the most emotionally effective re-use of 78-rpm records I likely could have imagined. That album nudged me to attempt a similar approach, locating melodic fragments on 78s that could serve as bases for new compositions. The caveat was/is that I am near entirely bereft at home-recording gear and skills, and thus (conveniently) approached these pieces as experiments in restriction: instruments are electric guitar, homemade lap-steel, and 78-rpm record samples. No effects beyond those of the guitar amplifier and speed-/pitch-adjustments applied to source recordings were used.


released May 1, 2020

Phonographic samples with electric guitar, resonator guitar, lap steel, and percussion. Committed December 2019–May 2020 in Skylight, Kentucky.
Mastered by Shelley Anderson at Black Lab Mastering.

Source recordings:

I: from unidentified organist’s introduction to Cantor Joseph Rosenblatt's “Uv'yom Simchatchem,” Columbia E2700, recorded in New York City, late 1915.

II: from "Venäläinen suru marssi" by the B.S.S. Clubin Orkesteri (orchestra of the Brooklyn Finnish Socialists Club), Columbia 3094-F, recorded in New York City, July 1928.

III: from “Turkish National Tanz” by Max Yankowitz and (?) Goldberg, Columbia E1396, recorded in New York City, April 1913.

IV: from “Back o’ Benachie” by the Scots Guards’ Training Battalion pipe and drum band, Beltona BL.2461, recorded in London, May 1945.


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Nathan Salsburg Louisville, Kentucky

Nathan Salsburg is a guitarist, composer, archivist and writer living in Kentucky. He is a frequent collaborator of songwriter-singer Joan Shelley, occasional guitar-duo partner of James Elkington, and has contributed to recordings by Bonnie "Prince" Billy, the Weather Station, and Jake Xerxes Fussell, among others. Salsburg is also curator of the digital Alan Lomax Archive. ... more

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