Budding Snow, Moon of Ice

Fixed media electronic music

This was made in celebration of February for Natalia Beylis’ Sofia Records.











Here are her notes from the original release:

"The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to."  Carl Sandburg 

Calendar of Moons: A compilation of songs inspired by the full moon 

The full moon has many names. Almost as though with every month, a different moon greets us in the sky. 

For this compilation, I asked eleven friends to write a track inspired by a particular full moon name and I wrote one myself. 

At the end of the tape and included with the download there is a bonus moon, a 13th moon track which was recorded in a tunnel beneath a castle under the first full moon of January 2014 with dogs splashing through the pools of water in which we stood. 

This is the first release on Sofia Records, a tiny label with tiny editions of recordings made by the people around me. 

Here is a list of the different names by which the full moon is known in different cultures. 


Winter Moon 
Holiday Moon 
Cold Moon 
Cooking Moon 
Moon of the Terrible 
Quite Moon 
Ice Moon 
Wolf Moon 


Trapper's Moon 
Budding Moon 
Bony Moon 
Little Famine Moon 
Moon of the Raccoon 
Moon When Trees Pop 
Moon of Ice 
Storm Moon 
Snow Moon 


Fish Moon 
Sleepy Moon 
Windy Moon 
Big Famine Moon 
Moon When Eyes Are Sore from Bright Snow 
Moon of Winds 
Chaste Moon 


Planter's Moon 
Peony Moon 
Flower Moon 
Moon When Geese Return in Scattered Formation 
Growing Moon 
Seed Moon 
Awakening Moon 


Milk Moon 
Dragon Moon 
Planting Moon 
Panther Moon 
Moon When Leaves Are Green 
Moon To Plant 
Bright Moon 
Hare Moon 
Death Moon 
Flower Moon 
Grass Moon 


Rose Moon 
Lotus Moon 
Windy Moon 
Moon When June Berries Are Ripe 
Moon of Horses 
Planting Moon 


Summer Moon 
Hungry Ghost Moon 
Ripe Corn Moon 
Crane Moon 
Moon of the Middle Summer 
Moon of Claiming 
Mead Moon 


Dog Day's Moon 
Harvest Moon 
Fruit Moon 
Women's Moon 
Moon When All Things Ripen 
Dispute Moon 
Corn Moon 
Lightening Moon 


Harvest Moon 
Chrysanthemum Moon 
Nut Moon 
Mulberry Moon 
Moon When The Calves Grow Hair 
Singing Moon 
Barley Moon 
Harvest Moon 


Hunter's Moon 
Kindly Moon 
Blackberry Moon 
Moon When Quilling and Beading is Done 
Blood Moon 


Beaver Moon 
White Moon 
Trading Moon 
Sassafras Moon 
Moon When Horns Are Broken Off 
Dark Moon 
Snow Moon 
Tree Moon 
Frost Moon 


Bitter Moon 
Snow Moon 
Twelfth Moon 
Cold Moon 
Oak Moon 
Long Night Moon 

- Natalia, January 2015 


released January 30, 2015


Each blue cassette comes in a hand-sewn sleeve sealed in wax. It also includes a small inlay and a hand drawn "Sofia Records 001" card. Limited to 60 copies. 

Includes unlimited streaming of Calendar of Moons via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.



see also:

Core of the Coalman

Woven Skull


Building Dwelling Thinking 

Unfolding Contours I.II.III.

Boxing Day Bell Moan

Liquid Dream American