One Minutes (2016-)

One Minute Recordings
 of Place and People


David Nash Ash Dome - Credit Tanya Shadrick

These one minute recordings – an ongoing series – are the artist’s rest-of-life response to a sudden near-death experience: an arterial haemorrhage that happened at home on a quiet afternoon just days after the birth of her first child. A miraculous ambulance arrived in just over a minute, but Shadrick’s internal clock was already reset to what she calls ‘the slow time of accidents’.

In the first years after the emergency, Shadrick worked for a time as a hospice lifestory scribe – wishing both to render service to those facing death, and to understand better her own close encounter with it. Listening to those at end of life, she became fascinated by the brief moments that seemed to last and resurface in memory – replayed on repeat, so it seemed, by those she met.

On the tenth anniversary of the emergency, she began the One Minutes recordings. The sound of wind in the leaves of the sculptor David Nash’s Ash Dome; crows calling in Japan; the stream behind her husband’s childhood home; singing in the kitchen with her young children; birdsong in an English churchyard; a fire in the grate: the One Minutes recordings move between the rare and mundane – those alternating currents from which all our lives are composed.

Choose a track to listen in Soundcloud

My Bedroom Fire (Anniversary of an Extra Life): Nov 2019
Watching a Blacksmith At Work (Glynde Forge): Oct 2019
A Carver Talking About Stone (Firle Beacon): Sept 2019
By River on a 25th Anniversary (Southease): July 2019
Pasture Thick with Life (Haute Savoie): July 19
Stream Husband Dammed as Boy (Cwmaman): Aug 2019
By the Sea at Morar (West Highland Line): Apr 2019
Jem Finer’s Longplayer (YSP): Apr 2019
Hammers Hitting Mirrors (Tate Modern): Mar 2019
On the RH&D Railway (Dungeness): Oct 2018
Residency in the Bucks Mills Artist Cabin: Aug 2018
A Rough Celebration of Rooks (Lewes): 4 July 2018
Train Nearing Mount Fuji (Japan): May 2018
Japanese Crows (Evening at Nara): May 2018
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove (Japan): May 2018
On the River Dart (for Wild Woman Swimming): Apr 2018
Birdsong (Firle Church): Mar 2018
My Feet in Lake Geneva (Last Day at Michalski): Sept 2017
Street Music (Alone in Lucerne, Switzerland): Sept 2017
Cows Bells Below A Cable Car (Mount Pilatus): Sept 2017
A Storm-Shook Cornish Hotel (Crackington): Aug 2017
In the Ash Dome of David Nash (Snowdonia): July 2017
Singing with my Young Daughter (On a Good Day): Nov 2016

These recordings are updated regularly on Soundcloud.

Tanya Shadrick’s debut book The Cure for Sleep – the story of a life transformed by sudden near-death – will be published in early 2022 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson

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