The Red Barn is a small book of short fiction originally released by Calamari Archive, Ink in 2017. The audio version was recorded 5 years later, co-released by Calamari and Tripticks Tapes. The recording features excerpts from the text, four of the longer stories, each alongside two panned tracks of double bass improvisations. All performances are first and only takes without edits.
“In The Red Barn, Nat Baldwin decomposes narrative's safe spaces. The symbols in the nightmare landscape are nothing other than themselves. Nails. Boards. Tubs. Chains. Buckets. Teeth. A story of boys is stripped sentence by sentence. What's left is the brutal music of language laid bare.”—Joanna Ruocco
“The blades, the rust, the dirt, the mouth, the meat, the blood, the sun, the glass, the skin, the word, the lake, the graves; it’s a pristine and elemental form of fiction that Nat Baldwin renders, distilling language and image to its most primal animation. Like seeing slides of color pass before your face in darkness. Like remembering how to read.”—Blake Butler
released May 13, 2022
Nat Baldwin: double bass, voice
Recorded on February 25, 2022 in Greenfield, MA
Mastered by Weasel Walter
Copyleft--all rites reversed. This book-on-tape may be freely reproduced, adapted, repurposed, etc., as long as it is under these same copyleft conditions (not to be copyrighted or reproduced for profit or commercial gain).