Alex Last Art Tasmania
In Eco
Composition (Feb, 2017)


“In lieu of an environment that surrounds human culture, or even a cosmos that cleaves into three ecologies, picture an ontological field without any unequivocal demarcations between human, animal, vegetable, or mineral. All forces and flows (materialities) are or can become lively, affective, and signaling... This field lacks primordial divisions, but it is not a uniform or flat topography. It is just that its differentiations are too protean and diverse to coincide exclusively with the philosophical categories of life, matter, mental, environmental.”
- Jane Bennett, Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things

Written and recorded over a few weeks after walking daily through and around Galatea Point, on never-ceded Wurundjeri country along the Birrarung (River of Mists) ‘In Eco’ ventures into the vibrant agency of non-human forces and environs, still touched by human exceptionalism yet rapdily changing and thriving. The sound of birds flicker through each piece; currawong, bell miner and magpies call across dense layers of undulating bass and mist-drenched tones, water moves underneath and leaves rustle in time to the rhythmic echo of muted piano and wind-soft synth. Compositions curl into thick, rising peaks of cumulative sound while others simply waver and drift, entrained to the protean agency of the Birrarung and its surrounds.

1. Habitat (02:48) 
2. In Eco (03:49) 
3. Galatea Point (04:12) 
4. Senses (05:37) 
5. Aurai (04:58) 
6. Lagoon (03:14) 
7. Oceania (02:38)

Released under the alias Soda Lite. 'Soda' is found naturally in alkaline lakes, in deposits where such lakes have dried, and from ash produced by burning various seaside plants. 'Lite' is a word-forming element meaning "stone," from French -lite, variant of -lithe, from Greek lithos "stone.”




↑ The 'Yarra' River, properly known as Birrarung by the Wurundjeri people, which was carved into existence by the volcanic power of the eagle-bodied deity, Bunjil.


↑ The cliffs on the opposite bank to Dights Falls show sedimentary layers of sandstone and mudstone which have been dated using marine fossils to be around 420 million years old. The area has significant cultural importance to the Wurundjeri people, who still visit for traditional meetings and activities. A ‘fishway’ was built in 2012 to help 17 species of native fish overcome the human-made falls and migrate upstream.


↑ At Galatea Point, a rainbow lorikeet nests in a hollow segment of eucaylpt.