Some approaches to Sound and Listening.

Some approaches to Sound and Listening.

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.

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Sonic Voyages

Sonic Voyages

My village of origin 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.

My main task as an Artist has been, to find a place for poetics...

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Electrical by Nature

I am electrical by nature, music is the electric soil in which the spirit lives, thinks, and invents.
Ludwig von Beethoven

The Shadow of Your Smile… 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...

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2 + 2 = A math primer for the hard of hearing.

Such was the concussive topic, which concluded a day of specialised presentations at the Sound in Space forum; this was the talkfest accompanying the first national survey of acoustic arts at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (May-July 1995).
That a debate amongst discipline specialists could mire itself in such a prosaic manner caused me to speculate that perhaps certain people in the hall were, as yet, unaware of the operations of the telephone!

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Prometheus Bound; Art, Science, Creativity and the Imagination.

Prometheus Bound will attempt to examine the relationship between the creative arts and more conventional concepts of research and development held within industry and academia. 

The approach will be from a contemporary position, but informed by a historical perspective.  What is interesting is the close historical relationship of ‘creativity’ with research and development.  The current attempts to once again meld these together seem to re-iterate the many...

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Nigel Helyer’s Silent Forest by Doug Kahn

Nigel Helyer, a major sculptor and sound artist, has been a key individual in the development of an active and sophisticated sound arts in Australia, through his example certainly, but also through the energies of his activism and teaching. Another key individual has been Tony MacGregor, of The Listening Room audio arts programme of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, who assisted with the sound in the installation Silent Forest, a work about Vietnam, is to...

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The Plural Forest

The Plural Forest; traces of Nature in Thai identity.

Apologia.
This essay was composed during a research visit to northern Thailand and was designed to accompany the Chiang Mai Social Installation project 2536/7- (1993/4) as a parallel to its programme of re-situating Art activity within a Social and Environmental context. The specific orientation of this text arises from my reflections surrounding the recurrent references to “Nature” within contemporary Visual Arts...

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