AURIC @ The Living Record Platform (Brighton Festival Fringe 2021) Review

Seeking inspiration from the Spanish Golden Age of literature, AURIC presents an online audio experience ushering in our new online-live hybrid era of theatre. Via the medium of sound, the live recorded album ponders big ideas such as the cosmos, nature and humanity.

Divided into four sections, translator and adaptor Paula Rodriguez acts as AURIC‘s lyrical narrator, songs inspired by Miguel De Cervantes, Calderón De La Barca and Lope De Vega forming the live recording’s basis. Taken through a journey consisting of the elements, wild life, the constellations and more, the listener is asked to ponder various concepts, the audio format really allowing for the album’s lyricism to take centre stage.

Mirrored by Arthur Astier‘s dynamic sound design, AURIC sustains a relaxed yet intense atmosphere, his signature guitar compositions transporting all to 15th century Spain with its sunny and vibrant tones. Audio loops, humming, singing and a heart beating amongst other sounds further creatively add to the recording’s rich audio-scape, the listener able to imagine settings presented and encouraged to do so.

AURIC is meditative, it offers a chance to slow down and consume art in an alternative manner. For those new to Cervantes, La Barca and Vega’s work like myself, you’re able to capture the intense and explorative nature of their literature and for those familiar – the experience adds a new layer of creativity to their writing.

Review written by Lucy Basaba.

AURIC is currently showing on the Living Record Platform as part of this year’s Brighton Fringe Festival until Sunday 27th June 2021, to find out more about the show, visit here…

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