Tura Adapts 2020 Commissioning

@TheRoots: Steven Alyian

Inverted Harmonic Environment – Boorloo

Steven Alyian

Five sounds, locations, and photographs captured in the Boorloo region, exploring the natural process of decay and deletion.

Inverted Harmonic Environment – Boorloo by Steven Alyian was commissioned as part of the Tura Adapts 2020 Commissions @TheRoots – see more commissions here.

Notes from the Composer

Five locations in the Boorloo region.
Five moments in time captured.
Five instruments are recorded by the artist.
Five photographs are taken.
One minute in each location.
Didgeridoo. Bullroarer. Guitar. Tuning Forks. Synthesizer.

The sound and the image of a moment is slowly stripped of its harmonic content.
Sound and colours fade into pure white as time slips away.

A slow, soft and inevitable decay.
Time passes and so does the dominant systems of our environment.
Cultures fade away and make for new systems.
As soon as a moment is captured, a moment is already fading into history.

All time and matter must pass, decay and deteriorate.
The natural process of deletion is universal.

Steven Alyian

Steven Alyian (Steven Aaron Hughes) is a film director, media artist, musical composer, and live performer.

Founding member of film production company Blue Forest, directing and producing feature and short length Documentaries & Dramas for clients including SBS and ABC. As an editor and visual effects artist Steven has worked on countless internationally recognised films.

His artistic works are immersive and performance-based experiences using dynamic video projection, three- dimensional mapping, and dynamic sound. He hosts large scale public events that challenge social norms and encourage new interactions with the natural environment.

Steven is a co-founder of music and arts festival Camp Doogs (est. 2013) and records, releases and performs music with acts Injured Ninja, Selfless Orchestra, Usurper of Modern Medicine, and Doublethink Prism. He is a frequent collaborator with esteemed Australian artist Stelarc and directed his first documentary series for the ABC: ‘Biogenesis,’ released August 2019, focusing on the world of Biological Art.


Tura acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures, and to their Elders past, present and emerging.


Tura New Music’s annual program is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, in association with Lotterywest and The Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding advisory body.