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The House That Ate Itself

by Ian Wellman

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Edifice 04:32
Watershed 04:19
Termite 01:33
Turbulence 06:02


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"Last fall I had experienced my first termite swarm in a newly settled apartment. Once a year, the alates from the colony emerge from tiny cracks in the walls in search of new nesting grounds. Some find their way into furniture or neighboring homes, most lose their wings and their bodies wither away.

I later discovered how common it is for termite infestations to be left alone for year at a times in rental properties, resulting in enormous structural damage to the homes. I began to think about the way that it is similar to the slowly eroding home we are passing on to the future generations due to our inaction on climate change.

“The House That Ate Itself” is a reflection on navigating current emergencies, successes from our past, and hope for a better future.


released July 3, 2020

Written, recorded, and mixed by Ian Wellman
Field recordings made around Southern California, include Mexican free-tailed bat, hermit crabs, an air conditioner, crickets and other nightly critters, seagulls, termite, and a baby crow.
Mastered by Lawrence English at Negative Space


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Ian Wellman combines slowed and distorted tape loop textures along with field recordings to create dynamic landscapes.

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