Naima Fine

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Leagues of Breaking Light

A collection of ecological sound art offering insight into climate change research: a downloadable immersive musical/ecological experience.

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Leagues of Breaking Light is a body of work sonifying ecological climate change research. It translates and interprets ecological data and ideas into musical forms.

In 2015, Fine Fine Small Mountain – arts-activist duo Miranda Hill and I – were delighted to attend a long-term residency at Lìjiāng Studio in rural Yúnnán, China. I looked into local ecological research and found Dr Robbie Hart’s recently completed PhD, Effects of Climate Change on Rhododendron Phenology, focusing on Rhododendron flower populations on Mt Yùlóng, a glorious mountain visible from the Studio.

Techniques I used include transforming graphs into sound; drawing botanical illustrations and interpreting data to create graphic scores; and setting a 1926 quote about flowers on the mountain as lyrics to traditionally-composed music.

Leagues of Breaking Light is being recorded as the main component of an immersive multi-media resource, for release in 2019.

Leagues of Breaking Light is an integral milestone in my artistic development and has valuable offerings to the greater community.

I’m so lucky to have some of Australia’s most outstanding new music musicians contributing their time and expertise:

Belinda Woods – dízi (Chinese membrane flute)

Miranda Hill – double bass

Matthew Horsley – percussion

Zac Johnston – violin

Katherine Philp – cello

Robert MacFarlane – tenor voice

Your donations will fund rehearsal room and studio hire, mixing, mastering, and musicians’ recording time. Beyond the initial target, my dream is to reach a stretch target, funding musicians’ rehearsal time, and some production costs. All travel (incl. interstate) is donated, as are logistics and countless labour-hours by Ass. Prod. Miranda Hill and myself.

I am thrilled to present Leagues of Breaking Light at the International Ecoacoustics Congress 2018. In 2019 Leagues of Breaking Light will be released as a cross-media resource album, offered at flexible cost for maximum accessibility.

The resource will include these recordings; a photo album of graphic scores, botanical illustrations, and photos; and a podcast/interview with Dr Robbie Hart.

We are in an era where government-led action on climate change is being weakened, and “alternative facts” can be the easiest to access. An urgent imperative exists to disseminate environmental research in novel ways for the community at large to learn, own, and act upon. Leagues of Breaking Light is my best contribution so far to this imperative, and your support brings it significantly closer to being released.

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Artist

Naima Fine

Location

NSW

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Music

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Naima Fine is a composer, ecologist, activist, artist, traveller, thinker, and gardener. After years of restless juggling, she’s synthesising a practice that embraces creative translation of ecological knowledge and explores the spaces between.

She’s excited by visual-aural data transformation, immersive and multi-artform works, aural indicators of ecological health, and other arts/science mash-ups! She hopes to increase accessibility to ecological knowledge via enriching creative experiences.

Naima studied a B. Mus. in Composition at Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and achieved First Class Honours B. Sc. in Ecology & Conservation at Griffith University.

She co-founded activist-arts duo Fine Fine Small Mountain who were artists-in-residence at Lijiāng Studio, China. Naima’s work won performance by The Committee (NZ); and Highly Commended for The Australian Voices annual competition. She’s alumni of The Modern Academy (HK), and was Music Director and Composer for Women’s Circus for two award-winning productions. She contributes an artist’s column to the Terania Times.

3 Shades Black regularly commissions Naima’s work. She’s written for short film, circus, dance, community and chamber ensembles. Performance highlights include Midsumma Festival, Lismore Women’s Festival, Brisbane Anywhere Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Australian National Academy of Music, and in New Zealand and China.

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