NADAM – A Sonic Experience for Babies

Natalie Alexandra Tse/LittleCr3atures™

In this lecture, Dr. Natalie Alexandra Tse (LittleCr3atures™ Singapore) discusses the importance of the Arts for early years from the perspective of the creation of a sonic experience for babies underpinned by Asian (e.g., Chinese, Indian, Japanese) philosophical ideas of sound, nature, and being. A case study was conducted to collect data from the creation and performance of a sonic experience for babies between August 2018 to February 2019. Results demonstrate the importance of sound and its aesthetic imperatives in the nature of babies’ beings through intersubjectively, consistent with the theoretical notions of Ellen Dissanayake, Colwyn Trevarthen, and Stephen Malloch amongst others.

Natalie shares how these were considered, as well as how they emerged, during her creation of “NADAM – A Sonic Experience For Babies”. This performance for babies and their adult counterparts was driven by sound and inspired by Asian philosophies. These were particularly evident through the multiplicities of her roles as performance-maker, performer, and researcher, and most valuably, as a mother, as her firstborn Baby Dodo was an ever present subject throughout the creation process and research period. The emergent data points to the importance of recognising babies’ agencies as active participants during a performance.

  • Singapore, Singapore, Asia
  • Programme Type: Seminar
  • Duration (minutes): 50
  • Ages: All Ages (Professional Content,Aimed Towards Adults)
  • Release Date: May 20, 2022
  • Language: English
  • Tags: aesthetics, babies, culture, early years, music

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Natalie Alexandra TSE, Artistic Director, LittleCr3atures™


Natalie Alexandra TSE is a performer, educator, and researcher whose practice as an experimental improviser has led her towards researching babies’ sonic play through her doctoral studies and motherhood. As a guzheng performer, she has been experimenting with sonic experiences through extended techniques, creating different textures, ambience, and emotions evoked through her instrument.

Natalie is the co-founder and resident artist of SAtheCollective, an arts organisation that investigates the relationships between Humans, Nature, and Technology, through the alchemy of Ritual, Play, and Improvisation. She founded LittleCr3atures™, the young audience initiative of the company, where families with young children get to experience pure, unadulterated play with sound and soundful objects in a safe and immersive space. Her recent works include NADAM (2018), Soundmakers by LittleCr3atures™ (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021), and Nature in Home, Home in Nature (2021).