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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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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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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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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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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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