Born in the Ear is the third full length album in the FIELD WORKS series. The music is constructed using Stuart Hyatt’s audio field recordings to create a complex sonic portrait of Lancaster County, PA. In producing the FIELD WORKS albums, Hyatt enlists musicians from around the world as collaborators. Born in the Ear features new collaborations with Juana Molina, Paul de Jong, Eluvium, The Album Leaf, Loscil, Beatrix*JAR, Greg Davis, and Forrest Lewinger.
For this album, Hyatt also worked with a number of Lancaster-based collaborators: The liner notes follow an experimental essay by author Erik Anderson. Illustrator Courtland Ellis created scenes for each track, as well as cover art. Arielle Gascot, Sanford Grey, and Kevin Ressler narrated the album. AJ Walker conducted the Lancaster Community Chorus. The Ephrata Cloister Choir also performed live in recording the album. Most importantly, over fifty citizens - outside of the art and music spheres - lent their voices to the Lancaster Sound Map, many of which appear on this album.