Sonica Botanica - Stories & Sounds from the Garden

Victoria Nature Festival

Immerse yourself in stories, music and mesmerising sounds of the natural environment in Sonica Botanica, created by Melbourne sound artist Patrick Cronin.

A young woman sits on a bench outside next to an arid style garden with many cacti. There are trees in the far background and lots of sun. She is wearing a summer style dress of green, white, black and orange in an abstract style and is wearing large headphones with a mobile phone in her hand. She has a dark bob hairstyle and is smiling, looking off into the distance.
A young woman sits on a bench outside next to an arid style garden with many cacti. There are trees in the far background and lots of sun. She is wearing a summer style dress of green, white, black and orange in an abstract style and is wearing large headphones with a mobile phone in her hand. She has a dark bob hairstyle and is smiling, looking off into the distance.

Immerse yourself in intertwining stories, atmospheric music, and mesmerising sounds of the natural environment in Sonica Botanica, created by Melbourne sound artist Patrick Cronin. 

Weaving together interviews, field recordings, and a musical score, this evocative listening experience responds to collectors’ passions, botanical knowledge, favourite memories, childhood impressions, historical anecdotes, and cultural viewpoints. 

Celebrating the special landscapes at Melbourne Gardens, the first episode responds to the newly designed Arid Garden and the second episode is inspired by Oak Lawn and its majestic trees.

The remaining two episodes will be released throughout 2021 as part of the Gardens’ 175th program. 

If the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens is in your 5km radius, you can find the episodes to listen while you walk below.

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