My practice has a pluralistic approach to the sonic domain and embraces several strands of conceptual and technological development. These in turn are manifest in a variety of modes, which range from gallery based interactive works, to environmental public sound works to Research and Development programmes in spatially located immersive soundscapes. As an introduction this document outlines four broad areas of current activity.Read More →
Imagine a child of the ‘jet-age’ living in an unobtrusive coastal village, mid-way between the dwelling of Blake, the artist, poet and visionary and that of his friend, the scientist and astronomer Halley. The child proceeds with eyes wide open to technics and ears tuned to poetics ……Read More →
Theoretical papers often quote Plato’s Cave – such a nice, primitive dawn of consciousness image, with its shadowy representations flickering sootily across the cave’s rear wall and the line of onlookers warming their backs by the fire! Strangely there is scant mention of the crackle of burning wood, or the sounds of those protagonists prancing around the flames, not to mention the perfectly formed sound reflections returning from the cave’s surfaces. With a moment’s contemplation it should be clear that the ‘captive audience’ seated in the cave would have understood significantly more from their audio environment than from the appallingly low-tech visuals!Read More →
2 + 2 =….. was delivered as part of the “SoundCulture96” conference to parallel the “Silent Forest” installation and “A Silent Forest” radio broadcast. As such the paper provides a brief overview of some of my general interests as a sound sculptor in a confluence of morphology, spatiality and technology. The text, which follows remains in its original presentation form (bad jokes included).
“Are the sounds issuing from (the instrumentation connected to) Stelarc’s body real, or not?”Read More →
The small Sussex fishing village in which I spent my childhood contained two significant buildings, significant not for their formal qualities, they were both simple cottages, but because one had been the home of Halley, the astronomer and the other the home of William Blake the poet. Without being conscious of the fact, I grew up in a cosmos in which the arts and science were intertwined, it has marked my endeavours ever since.
This essay is a version of the exhibition catalogue for Silent Forest shown at the San Francisco Art Institute as part of SoundCulture96.
As a recent transplant to Australia, I welcomed the opportunity to write about this work, to introduce it to the city where I have spent much of my adult life. In framing my comments about Silent Forest, it was important to keep in mind what might be involved for an American audience in viewing this work by an Australian about Vietnam in the United States. It is true that San Francisco is not part of the U.S., but just the same….Read More →
The Plural Forest is lodged here, in an un-adulterated state, as a text that was written in 1994 primarily as a result of my research travels throughout northern Thailand and Vietnam and is co-incident with the gestation period of the “Silent Forest” project.Read More →
I have boxes and boxes of drawing books ~ ever since I was forced to keep them at Foundation College in Sussex. The weekly scrutiny of our books was at first excruciating for me (convinced I would never be comfortable drawing) now it gives me delight, even though I simply draw to think things through!Read More →
- An Atlas of Small Voyages
- Under the Icecap
- EcoLocated: Art Science and the Environment.
- Echo and Narcissus; aural space, navigation and memory; or Playing it by Ear!
- Teatro y Democracia
- Snap, Crackle and Pop; On listening, memory and amnesia
- The Sonic Nomadic:Exploring Mobile Surround-Sound Interactions
- Mexico Is Different
- Ars Electronica; Vitae Brevis
- A Night out in NokiaTown
- The Nomadic Ear
- Gran Tourismo
- AudioNomadism ~ a brief history of Sound in Public Space.
- Soundarts and the Living Dead
- McMahon Interview
- AudioNomad Treatments
- Web References
- Synapse Leggett
- SonicDifference_02 Percival
- SonicDifference Priest
- SonicDifference Muller
- Sonic Difference Stephens
- Potts RealTime
- SonicDifference Percival
- Crosstalk kahn
- Echigo Tsumari
- Some approaches to Sound and Listening.
- Sonic Voyages
- Electrical by Nature
- 2 + 2 = A math primer for the hard of hearing.
- Prometheus Bound; Art, Science, Creativity and the Imagination.
- Nigel Helyer’s Silent Forest by Doug Kahn
- The Plural Forest
- Vist the Drawings Gallery