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Sounds from Korcula Island, Croatia

We were fortunate enough to receive three great submissions to Cities and Memory from Serbian sound artist Manja Ristic this week – and here’s the first for you to enjoy.

It’s from the Croatian island of Korcula, in a marina set beside an ancient monastery, as Manja describes:

“St. Nikola’s Monastery has one of the oldest Dominican libraries in the world: its older nave was finished in 1505.
“The monastery is situated just off the Korčula town on the perfect piece of land, facing both east and west, on the very sea rock, with forest resting behind its back.
“Mandrač is a small boat marina of the monastery now open for boats of near by residents. Locals and few tourists love to rest in the monastery’s shade, but it is often quiet and perfect to record the sounds of the rock barrier. Only this time the monastery kitchen was pretty active!”
“This August one of my best improv friends, the Danish pianist Rune Kaagaard, visited me, and we recorded a session on an old piano placed in the rehearsing space of KUD Moreška (the oldest folklore in the region, a sword dance with huge tradition).
“I incorporated an excerpt into this miniature, as well as an ambient contribution by Serbian sound artist Marko Paunović.”
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