Source: Dinzu Artefacts.
Neti-Neti is the lo-fi ritual music duo of Matt Evans (drums/electronics) and Amirtha Kidambi (vocals/electronics) that formed amidst their mutual experiences surrounding grief after the death of loved ones. The duo shapes a vessel for processing this loss using hazy rhythmic interplay, dredging piles of noise, and serene moments of ethereal melodic counterpoint. Neti-Neti, translated as “It is not this, it is not that” from Sanskrit, is a contemplation on the nature of reality, life, death, birth and rebirth extracted from the Hindu text of rituals The Upanishads. This meditation serves as distillation of the duo’s relationship that emerged from the viscera of a year and a half of exchanging thoughts on the nonlinear nature of grief and its chaotic emotional trajectory, the abstraction of a person without physical form, and the trauma of one’s foundations being shattered, necessitating a total spiritual rebirth. Having never played together, the two met up for the first time in 2020 and recorded their first improvisations which became the source material for their first release Impermanence.
An exquisite collage exploring the internal sound-world of an upright piano. The piano here has shed its traditional use as a musical instrument to emerge as a wonderfully sonorous body in itself. Incidental sounds which are typically relegated to the periphery are moved towards the center of attention in a kaleidoscopic unity which privileges no sound over any other, opening up a whole world of noise, tone, and every shade between.
Sonic Animism: The Emergence
“Sonic Animism” is a site-determined body and sound performance that investigates the state of the sentient-being on the non-human agency brought by technological sonic happenings. The framework of the performance is an artificial environmental cycle system where each element incorporates with each other in a dynamic process. It permits micro level of properties evolve to novel integrated wholes. With this performance, Yang aims to blur the binary separation between the “objective existence” and the “subjective experience”. He transforms the hierarchic relationship between man and the man-made preconception of machines, matters and physical phenomena into a coexistence of self-reflections within one another.