Nemeton – Ocean of Plasticity [SLNT104]

Plastic pollution of the world's oceans is now recognised as a major environmental issue. It has been suggested that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish. This piece explores how marine ecosystems are being transformed as a result of this pollution. All of the source sounds were created from plastic materials collected from a beach in Dorset, southern England. The structure of the piece follows an imaginary journey through an ocean ecosystem that has been completely transformed by plastic. Starting from the shore and entering the sea, we move through a reef populated by a high diversity of plastic organisms, interacting as a community of detritus. We then dive down the continental slope, where maybe there are sea monsters lurking and other bizarre plastic lifeforms, to reach the abyssal depths beyond.

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02 Oct 2018
Nemeton is the ambient music project of Adrian Newton, a sound artist based in Dorset, UK. Soundscapes are constructed from microloops and grains of sound, which are typically derived from field recordings, electroacoustic improvisations and other found sounds. Rather than focusing on the use of purely digital or synthetic sound sources, the aim is to create evolving organic textures from sounds rooted in the living world. In this way, the music provides a metaphor for nature, and our relationship with it. The name ‘nemeton’ refers to the ancient sacred groves that once characterised the landscapes of Dorset and other areas of southern England. Adrian is alsoa member of the critically acclaimed free-improvisation group Zaum, the improvising electronic ensemble No Context and the ambient jazz group Echo Engine. He has also provided sonic art contributions to numerous community theatre events and arts festivals, both in Dorset and beyond.