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The World in My Mail Box

The World in My Mail Box

Sound archivist Tony Schwartz spent much of his life documenting the sounds of his New York City neighborhood, largely because his agoraphobia prevented him from traveling far from home. Schwartz nonetheless amassed a large collection of recordings from international musicians through audio exchanges via the mail. The World in My Mail Box features music from this exchange. The collection spans a number of continents and ranges from intimate solo vocal performances ("Norwegian student sings") to live club performances ("Song from African nightspot"). The liner notes include some of Schwartz’s correspondence with the performers on the album.

EN ESPAÑOL

El archivero de sonido Tony Schwartz pasó gran parte de su vida documentando los sonidos de su barrio en la ciudad de Nueva York, en gran parte debido a su agorafobia que le impidió viajar lejos de casa. Schwartz, sin embargo acumuló una gran colección de grabaciones de músicos internacionales a través de intercambios de audio a través del correo electrónico.

El mundo en mi buzón contiene la música de este intercambio. La colección abarca varios continentes y rangos de las íntimas interpretaciones vocales solistas (”estudiante noruego canta“) para las actuaciones en vivo del club (”Canción del club nocturno de África“). Las notas incluyen algunas de la correspondencias de Schwartz con los artistas del album.

Track Listing

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Introduction - South Dakota Farmer/Song from Pittsburgh Tony Schwartz 3:03
102
Norwegian Student Sings Tony Schwartz 1:21
103
Song from African Nightspot Tony Schwartz 2:40
104
Song from Outlying District Tony Schwartz 2:30
105
Housewife in Ireland Tony Schwartz 1:23
106
Young Haitian Tony Schwartz 1:57
107
Engineer in India Tony Schwartz 3:33
108
Farmwife in New Mexico Tony Schwartz 2:30
109
Private in Ft. Devins, MA Tony Schwartz 3:26
110
Major in Germany Tony Schwartz 0:51
111
Austrian Song Tony Schwartz 1:54
112
American Corporal Tony Schwartz 1:15
113
Guitar from Upstate NY Tony Schwartz 2:05
114
Greek Harmonica Tony Schwartz 3:16
115
Kentucky Dulcimer Tony Schwartz 0:38
116
Peruvian Guitar Tony Schwartz 3:33
117
Sitar from India Tony Schwartz 0:30
118
Flute & Drum from Mexico Tony Schwartz 1:06
119
Flute & Drum from India Tony Schwartz 3:44
120
Closing Comments Tony Schwartz 0:15

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