‘The Nature of Things’ is a fifteen-minute sensory experience. Enveloping the audience in an aural meditation, the work explores continuities and discontinuities between environments in India and Aotearoa New Zealand — seemingly a world apart, yet both an integral part of the same biosphere. It signals notions of our changed and changing relationship with the natural world and our collective global responsibilities towards the environment and each other. The audience are invited to contemplate the precarious tensions and paradoxes, expressed through our current symbiotic relationship with the natural world. It combines environmental field recordings from India and Aotearoa New Zealand with manipulated piano and singing bowls.
Thanks to Earthskin Muriwai.
The Nature of Things
Neil Aldridge is a sonic artist working with music and environmental recordings. He spent fifteen years in the music industry in London followed by ten years in the film industry in Wellington before moving into academia. He has created work for the London Aquarium and more recently exhibited a long-form process-music composition. In 2018, he completed a month-long artist’s residency at Earthskin Muriwai, to compose, record, and craft the audio component of ‘The Nature of Things’, which was subsequently exhibited as a collaboration with mixed-media artist Charlotte Crichton at the Performance Arcade 2019.