Echo and Narcissus; aural space, navigation and memory; or Playing it by Ear!

Echo and Narcissus ~ Aural space, navigation and memory, or Playing it by Ear!

A SoundWalk.

I am going to take you on a walk, a soundwalk if you will. I am going to lead you, by the ear, if necessary, to the Sonic Commons, at once an atavistic geography and yet again a simple concept. But before our stroll and as in all good soundwalks, a short briefing:-

Echo and Narcissus. The two stories of Echo, the talkative nymph…..yet a chatterbox, had no other use of speech than...

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Snap, Crackle and Pop; On listening, memory and amnesia

Snap, Crackle and Pop; On listening, memory and amnesia.

Your words are preserved in the tin foil and will come back upon the application of the instrument years after you are dead in exactly the same tone of voice you spoke in then…..This tongueless, toothless instrument, without larynx or pharynx, dumb, voiceless matter, nevertheless mimics your tones, speaks with your voice, speaks with your words, and centuries after you have crumbled into dust will repeat again and...

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Mexico Is Different

God is feeling friendly so he invites all the devils and demons to a dinner party but he imposes one condition, they must eat and drink without bending their arms! Without a second thought, the devils and demons accept and arrive promptly for the feast. They eat voraciously, lifting the delicious food and drink vertically above their heads with arms outstretched, pouring the victuals into their mouths like an avalanche. It is a bunch of happy, but very messy, devils who...

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An Atlas of Small Voyages

LAND, a sure footing, a Terra Firma, our groundedness.  But my story is somewhat different, nomadic and fluid.  Like Odysseus, who after all that hard travel and the spat with the suitors, was told to shoulder a ship’s oar and walk inland until he found a place where no-one could recognise the oar ~ at last he was becalmed, landlocked and finally at anchor.

An Atlas of Small Voyages was first published in Issue 1:Land by LaSalle College of Art, Singapore, Editor Dr....

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Under the Icecap

Under the IceCap.

Dr. Nigel Llwyd William Helyer and Dr. Mary-Anne Lea
University of Western Australia & University of Tasmania

Contact: Dr. Helyer
sonic@sonicobjects.com
http://www.sonicobjects.com

Contact: Dr Mary-Anne Lea
MaryAnne.Lea@utas.edu.au
http://www.imas.utas.edu.au/people/profiles/current-staff/mary-anne-lea

Abstract.
Under the IceCap is one of a series of creative outcomes resulting from the Bio_Logging Art + Science project  at the Institute for Marine...

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EcoLocated: Art Science and the Environment.

A recent interview between John Potts and Nigel Helyer, download the PDF from Material Thinking EcoLocated; Art, Science and the Environment.

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Teatro y Democracia

Act I. The Globe.
It has been a standing joke for years now, each time I leave London I kick myself for again forgetting to visit the New Globe.  Finally this inattention or amnesia has been remedied with the purchase of a five pound ticket for a standing place in the yard where I watched Trolius and Cressida along with seven hundred other neck strainers.

Of course I had, by mistake, been preparing myself for the bloody Titus Adronicus, so once I accustomed myself to a...

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The Sonic Nomadic:Exploring Mobile Surround-Sound Interactions

A comprehensive but succinct description of the work of AudioNomad Research Group published in the IEEE,  The Sonic Nomadic: Exploring Mobile Surround-Sound Interactions

IEEE_final.pdf

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Ars Electronica; Vitae Brevis

The old man is quietly pruning his rose bush behind the hedge as the voice in my headphones asks me to look at the three steps that lead to the entrance of this quiet suburban dwelling.  It was through this door sixty years ago, that SS officers filed to seek ‘comfort’ with female prisoners forced into prostitution.  The male voice continues with a description of how after the war, he remodelled the house, demolishing the two metre wide wooden cubicles to make domestic...

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A Night out in NokiaTown

A night out in downtown NokiaTown.
I haven’t been in this city for a long time, it is evening and I have a few hours to kill before an ap-pointment.  It was a long flight, but after a couple of hours sleep and a shower I am ready to re-join the human race - to login again.

After dressing I carefully insert the studs of my VAPA (Virtual Audio Personal Assistant) through my earlobes and gently insert the miniature speaker conduits into my ear canals, a clear but voice...

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