Mutual Therapy provided an opportunity for plants and humans to enjoy a relaxing, mutually beneficial sonic environment - soothing tones, blankets and clean air for humans, with gentle sunlight and sounds to boost the immune systems of plants. Recent research at the University of Missouri has demonstrated that plants respond to recordings of insects eating plants by creating additional defense chemicals that repel future attacks.
The sonic environment combined these sounds with soothing sounds for humans to enjoy. People brought plants from home to receive this sonic therapy. Additionally, artists Hongzhe Liang and Ripple Fang performed Tarot card readings for plants, further strengthening the inter-kingdom bond. Mutual Therapy was presented at Interstitial Gallery
Hungry Ghosts - a site-responsive event featuring musicians playing from boats and lanterns drifting on the water - commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art - read more here.
Rodrigo Valenzuela's Future Ruins at the Frye Art Museum - sound, music and field recording by Nat Evans
Sunset + Music - a group headphone listening event timed to trace the changing of light at this time of day. Read more about this event in LA Weekly.
Sound collage by Nat Evans in the SF MOMA podcast Raw Material
In 2014 Nat Evans spent five months walking the 2,600 mile Pacific Crest Trail which runs from Mexico to Canada. During this time Evans made hundreds of field recordings, and created many music, sound and social practice based works collectively called The Tortoise. Along the way Evans sent SD cards filled with field recordings to a series of eight West Coast composers who took the field recordings, added musical elements and posted them online so that people could hear how the sound of the trail changed as Evans walked north and how different people relate to their landscape. These works and several others by Nat Evans were released on an album in August of 2015. A number of other works utilizing field recordings made during this time were presented across the country by touring performers such as Andrew Lee (Denver), Jeremiah Cawley (Atlanta) and Scott Worthington (LA).
All of the Above - written and recorded by Nat Evans and Ross Simonini, choreography by Catherine Cabeen
The Narrow Aisle to the Deep North - performed here by Percussionist Bonnie Whiting Smith at the Wulf in Los Angeles
Sit With The Gaze - an immersive headphone listening experience for gazing at the sky, with an installation of balloons suspended 75 feet in the air accompanying the sound. Commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Two Old Ghosts - for solo saxophone, electronics and field recording - performed by Evan Smith
Music for Breathing - performed by wind quintet The City of Tomorrow