|The "Can We Sleep in Your Barn Tonight?" MYSTERY TOUR took place in and around the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in early June 2006. The journey involved a wandering, roadside movement of a fluctuating band of artists and barnyard inhabitants - musicians, poets, a goatmother named Pink and her kid Green, and the spotted she-asses Aliass and Passenger, among others. In this traveling assemblage of beings and perceptions, the adventure sought to embody both an investigation of troubled idylls and a rollicking wake for what's hidden and endangered within the present Appalachian landscapes - most especially in the old wooden barns that are quite literally subsiding, along with their unwritten languages and ways of knowing, as they go by the wayside of interstates, suburban development, and industrial agribusiness. So, it is in hopes of some last contacts with the flickering, fading woods, fox operas and box turtles, and half-buried myths of cedar groves and agricultural relics that the MYSTERY TOUR passed, on foot and hoof, through the valley and then deep into it: to end up hundreds of feet underground in Grand Caverns, the continent's oldest showcave. While the passage itself is significant, what is most vital to the ultimate project of the MYSTERY TOUR is that which unfolded in the barns and cave: in the indeterminate plays between all the creatures present, as we sought to fathom (through acoustical presence and musical, lyrical improvisation with stringed instruments, woodwinds, drums, and whatever else we brought or found) what's in the motes, seeds, and oak-beams of these places own wilder creaks and hums, and those of our own hides and bones.
As a way to explore and celebrate possibilties for crossbeam connections amidst the myriad psychoacoustical energies of rural realms, Signal-to-Pink Transmissions brought the recordings gathered from the "Can We Sleep in Your Barn Tonight?" MYSTERY TOUR to Radio Festival at free103point9 Wave Farm in Acra, New York on August 5, 2006. In keeping with the notion of presence in place as key, Pink, the MYSTERY TOUR's miniature goat, roamed and grazed, with her kid Green, in the field around the Wave Farm's first pond. Over the course of the day, she took in the sights, sounds, wildflowers, and smells of the place, as the MYSTERY TOUR recordings rode the airwaves and Pink broadcast live material from a small transmission pack she wore. Pink's pack also contained bars of Signal-to-Pink Transmission Soap, which holds milk made by Pink from all she took in during the MYSTERY TOUR wanderings. And so the sounds plucked and twanged from the living mud of Virginia's harrowed fields and grassy edges (and from underground, too, in the ancient cave), meshed in the local airwaves with the green lightbeams and summertime oscillations of Wave Farm's fertile transmission-arts atmosphere.
Signal-to-Pink Transmissions is grateful for the support of free103point9's AIRtime Residency program, (especially the patience and generosity of Galen Joseph-Hunter) and wishes to wildly thank Sean Cummings, Christie Bolender, Libby Tucker, Pamela Albanese, Melanie Moser, the entire MYSTERY crew, Steven and Brenda Dudzinski, Mariann Hagy, and especially the cooperation of Aliass, Passenger, Pink, Green, Harley, and Mosey.