TAG: sound sculpture
Zephyr II

Zephyr ~ an Æolian kinetic sculpture for the Geraldton foreshore.

Methinks, it should have been impossible Not to love all things in a World like this, Where e’en the Breezes of the simple Air Possess the power and Spirit of Melody!

Coleridge, The Æolian Harp.

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Zephyr is playfully named after Zephyrus the Greek god of the gentle west wind ~ a light air that bought spring to the classical world. Despite being described as Mediterranean our climate is considerably...

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BioSonics

BioSonics is a significant development of former prototype works that investigate the morphology of microscopic marine organisms.

The Western Plains Museum and Art Gallery July until September 28th 2008.

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BioSonics installed at Western Plains Cultural Centre August 2008.

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A short introduction filmed by Julia Burns.

The rational and the fantastical: the morphology of Nigel Helyer, by Gail Priest 2008

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Despite Star Trek’s propagandist efforts...

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Run Silent Run Deep

Nigel has recently been an Artist in Residence at The Marine Mammal Laboratory (Tropical Marine Science Institute) of the National University of Singapore; developing a project for ISEA2008 exhibited at the National Museum of Singapore, July ~ August 2008.

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Interactive audio cartography, driving a 12.2 immersive speaker rig.

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Hydrophone location - Floating fish farm near Palau Ubin

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Interface map

Short indicative mix, the project has thousands of...

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WA Marine Facility ~ Ondes

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This commission for a new Marine facility at Henderson WA has recently been completed.  The work is comprised of three elements, a Video-projection work, a series of interactive biomorphic sculptures and an outdoor kinetic work, consisting of six counter-balanced needles which interact with the wind.

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Three years on, the landscaping has matured and the kinetic work is as installed.

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View from the lounge of the Marine Centre.

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Laser cut...

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AudioMaze

Listen to this space (well a space in Western Australia). 

AudioMaze is an interactive project for the new exhibition space at the WA Blind and Guide-Dog AssociationA development of the “Talking Stick” project commissioned by the “Exploratorium” Museum of Science and Human Perception” in San Francisco, AudioMaze presents the sonic experience of an imagioned architectural space.  Visitors may interact with the soundscape by using ‘sonic wands’.

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Quint de Loup II

Quint de Loup II was exhibitied at the Tin Sheds Gallery, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Sydney ~ the show rounded up with a one day seminar on Sound, Art, Architecture and the Environment.
Here is my short presentation.

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!

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Fictionalising Fiction! ~ Nigel Helyer....

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The Wireless House

The Wireless House is a public art project commissioned by the City of Sydney as part of the Glebe Point Road upgrade.  The wireless House is located in Foley park at the intersection of Glebe Point Road and Pyrmont Bridge road and has an interesting history.

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Listen to some oral history material that we have collected in Glebe

and while you are at it…listen into some audio fragments that make up the huge oral history archive that the Wireless...

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Talking Stick

Attentive Listening is not something that many of us allow ourselves the time to do, dominated as we are by a constant flow of visual information, and so mindful of the demands of the clock.

But listening, rather than simply hearing, is an ever present gateway to hidden worlds of detail and narrative; always close at hand, always available, always possible, requiring only our time, attention and concentration.

Be not afeared; this isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet...

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Swarm

‘Swarm’ is the latest development of a series of interactive ‘Theremin’ based sound sculptures (see ‘Ariel’, ‘Caliban’s Children’ and ‘Quint de Loup’).  ‘Swarm’ is concieved to operate out-doors and is the first of the series to be solar powered ~ the work is installed in the Werribbe Mansion Park as part of the Herlen Lermpriere Sculpture Award.

imageSwarm 2005 stainless steel, acrylic, audio electronics, steel rigging cable

Footprint = 8,000 cm x 8,000 cm x 3,500 cm X10...

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What Survives

WHAT SURVIVES: SONIC RESIDUES IN BREATHING BUILDINGS

March 2006 at The Performance Space ~ Curator, Gail Priest.

Consisting of three major gallery-based sound installations and a program of commissioned works for two sound stations in the building, What Survives explores the real and imagined remnants of human presence in architecture.

The structures we build bear silent witness to human behaviour—what have the walls, beams and girders absorbed and what sonic secrets...

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