The Nomadic Ear

Firstly we will consider strategies and methodologies for the design and composition of sonic narratives (soundtexts) in non-linear environments; for example the design of immersive soundscapes within installations that employ multiple parallel soundtexts; and in particular new compositional methods for building terrain based mobile location sensitive audio experiences.

But let us begin with a simple question of our location; how might our auditor position themselves in...

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Gran Tourismo

GranTourismo.

As in a fairytale, once in every ten years the stars align in Europa and within a space of two weeks a series of massive exhibitions draw huge crowds of aficionados.  This year the spectacle was spun into a Grand Tour with the cultural equivalent of soccer trains linking, Venice, Basel, Kassel and Münster into a portable visual feast.  But beyond the babble of artspeak in the express train dining cars, no overarching conceptual thematic could possibly...

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AudioNomadism ~ a brief history of Sound in Public Space.

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!

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Soundarts and the Living Dead

Imagine starkness;

“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...

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McMahon Interview

In Australia he most recently featured as one of the 5 finalists of the new Contempora 5 art competition, now Australia’s largest (in monetary terms) art prize, the winner receiving A$100 000 over two years, this year awarded to Fiona Hall. Helyer’s piece, Silent Forest was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria and, somewhat controversially, publically received a personal commendation by Victoria’s Premier and Arts Minister, Jeff Kennett.

The harder you listen, the...

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Leaven_Goldberg

 

The Royal Botanic Gardens, set in thirty luxuriant hectares on the shores of Sydney Harbour’s Farm Cove, is the main centre for enquiry and information relating to the study of botany and horticulture in the state of New South Wales. It is also promoted as a cultural and historical site of some significance. This is appropriate, given that this is the place where seven months after the First Fleet sailed into the Aboriginal Cadigal’s Warrang (Sydney Cove) in 1788,...

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AudioNomad Treatments

Four brief ‘Treatments’ representing user experiences for AudioNomad mobile locations sensitive augmented audio systems.

Visit the Gallery A Walk Through Pere Lachaise, An AudioNomad user experience. The sun filters weakly through the remaining leaves as I enter the Cemetery, the day is still and the moist air carries the scent of the earth. I pass the Caretakers Lodge and walk slowly up the incline of the Avenue Principale towards the Monument aux Morts, it is here...

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Web References

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
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Synapse Leggett

Artists have been looking at what scientists of the day are up to since art critic and social commentator Ruskin’s time. Many have frowned at the notion of artists working with scientists, but artists have always worked with technology of some kind. And modern science, like contemporary art, produces knowledge through ideas. Concept and theory precede method, results are scrutinised critically, and occasionally outcomes are celebrated in public through the market place,...

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SonicDifference_02 Percival

Composer and sonic performance artist Cat Hope (WA) is inspirational. Her works encourage the listener to hear sound anew, creating a magnified soundtrack to a mundane world and giving sound equal status with the visual and encouraging sound to train the eye. In Unravelled, worms are delicately loosened from luxurious hair to the nightmarish sound of lubricous worm activity and in Drive a subwoofer pulses a moist kangaroo skin to the disintegrated sound of a fatal car...

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