This article originally appeared in RealTime Edition 81, Oct/Nov 2007 and is reproduced here with the permission of the writer and RealTime http://www.realtimearts.net
A Cultural Travelogue of the big shows in Europa 2007.
It’s all around you ~ so read all about it! AudioNomadism or a description in plain English of how to do very complicated things with location sensitive spatial audio The download is a bit slow ~ but it’s worth the wait!Read More →
This article originally appeared in RealTime Edition 70, Dec/Jan 2005 and is reproduced here with the permission of the writer and RealTime http://www.realtimearts.net
“A late evening in the future ~ Krapp’s den.
Front centre a small table, the two drawers of which open towards audience. Sitting at the table, facing front, i.e. across from the drawers, a wearish old man: Krapp.
Rusty black narrow trousers too short for him. Rust black sleeveless waistcoat, four capacious pockets. Heavy silver watch and chain. Grimy white shirt open at neck, no collar. Surprising pair of dirty white boots, size ten at least, very narrow and pointed. White face. Purple nose. Disordered grey hair. Unshaven.
Very near-sighted (but unspectacled). Hard of hearing. Cracked voice. Distinctive intonation. Laborious walk.
On the table a tape-recorder with microphone and a number of cardboard boxes containing reels of recorded tapes.
Table and immediately adjacent area in strong white light. Rest of stage in darkness……..”.
Listening in Melissa McMahon bugs Nigel Helyer.
Nigel Helyer is an English-born, Sydney-based sound artist, lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts, and co-founder of SoundCulture, a Pan-Pacfific organisation focusing on sound art. Helyer’s work is of an essentially composite, or in his words “pluridisciplinary”, character, in the sense that not only does any given piece incorporate a range of media, but many are part of a series of “events” (one or several?) including other pieces, other artists, other countries, radio broadcasts, internet links, CD’s, and CD-Roms.
Trouble in Paradise: Swelter – An Artists’ Project for the Palm House, Royal Botanic Gardens
May 1999 – January 2000, Sydney
by Michael Goldberg
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Four brief ‘Treatments’ representing user experiences for AudioNomad mobile locations sensitive augmented audio systems.
Wild2000 http://www.year01.com/issue10/australia.html Magnus-Opus http://www.swr.de/swr2/audiohyperspace/engl_version/audioart/projects/magnus_opus.html SonicLandscapes + AudioNomad http://www.unsw.edu.au/news/adv/uniken/uniken0308/page4.html http://www.gmat.unsw.edu.au/snap/new/sonic_demo.htm http://www.isea2004.net/mainframe.php?id=hot_syren NoiseFloor http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2003/february19/sound-219.html LifeBoat. http://www.life-boat.org http://www.aftenposten.no/kul_und/article835831.ece http://www.aftenposten.no/kul_und/article835830.ece http://numedia.scola.ac-paris.fr/index.php?rub=2 http://www.liberation.fr/page.php?Article=231716 http://www.isea2004.net/mainframe.php?id=hot_lifeboat Commentary in Realtime. http://www.realtimearts.net/rt58/kg_sound.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt62/beap.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt50/helyer.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt58/kg_sound.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt61/leggett_synapse.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt46/kahn.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt46/jones.html http://www.realtimearts.net/beap/percival_sonic.html http://www.realtimearts.net/beap/muller_small.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt62/beap.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt50/mowson.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt51/priest_sound.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt51/rackham.html http://www.realtimearts.net/beap/priest_sonic.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt58/content.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt55/gallasch_berlin.html http://www.realtimearts.net/rt48/soboslay.html Seed/OzCo http://www.ozco.gov.au/arts_in_australia/projects/projects_new_media_arts/nigel_helyer_-_seed/ Australian Sound Design Project http://www.sounddesign.unimelb.edu.au/web/biogs/P000087b.htm Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award http://www.arch.usyd.edu.au/web/general/whatson/html/nigelhelyer.html Globe http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/visarts/globe/issue7/nhtxt.html http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/visarts/globe/issue11/mgtxt.html […]Read More →
The science and art synapse
With increasingly evil results to all of us, the separation is every day widening between the man of science and the artist…. [the artists] not only do not desire, they imperatively and scornfully refuse, either the force, or the information, which are beyond the scope of the flesh and the senses of humanity.
John Ruskin, 1883Read More →
Sonic ecology: SonicDifference Conference
Plato’s Cave is the first place that I am metaphorically taken to by Nigel Helyer, the curator of the Sonic Difference exhibition and convener of this parallel conference. Plato had evoked a very powerful image, a gathering of puppeteers performing in a cave, their audience of chained prisoners with their backs to the fire looking at the shadows on the walls. There has been “an omission in history” however. Sound has not found a place in this allegory, despite the fact that humankind is “equipped to hear the invisible” with an sense organ that places us in the middle of a 360 degree sonic landscape. Helyer is determined to shift this perception that “the eye is the master and the ear is the slave”, as are the artists present at the SonicDifference conference. He proposes that there is a “dual alignment between technology and cultural discourse” that needs to be explored. I am also very relieved to hear that there is no established sonic theoretical discourse and sit back and look forward to being turned on to sound as the “perfect medium for changing my modus operandi in this changing world.”Read More →
Siege culture: SonicDifference conference
Discussion of sound and its place in the hierarchy of arts practice frequently takes the position of an artform under siege. Despite or because of the fact that hearing is considered our most constant sense–the first developed in the womb, and that which we can not shut out through physical means–artists who choose to focus on sound as their primary mode of expression spend a lot of time defining and claiming ground, snatching priorities back from a visually focused culture. With the title SonicDifference: Resounding the World it is not surprising that this conference traversed this well trammelled territory, however the resulting discussions were intriguing in the depth and diversity of the positions taken.Read More →