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Nigel Helyer (a.k.a. Dr. Sonique) is an Australian based Sculptor and Sound
Artist with an international reputation for his large-scale sonic installations, environmental sculpture works and new media projects.

His practice is actively interdisciplinary linking creative practice with scientific research and development.  His research activities include; the development of Virtual Audio Reality systems in collaboration with Lake Technology (now Dolby Australia). He became a Visiting Professorial Fellow and the Artistic Director of the subsequent AudioNomad  Research Group in location-sensitive Environmental Audio at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales (funded by the Australian Research Council and later established as a start-up company.

  • Sonus Maris; the concert!

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    The Sonus Maris project displayed the classic characteristic of ‘creeping features.’ In the time domain, our ‘not so friendly’ viral cousins intervened to turn what might have been a smooth art and science collaboration into a staccato and episodic programme, that saw the work start then stop and, repeat…we struggled on!     In terms…

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  • Sonique; the life and art of Dr Sonique (the Graphic Novel)

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    Sonique; the Life and Art of Dr.Sonique, is the authorised biography of Dr. Nigel Helyer in the form of a speculative fiction Graphic Novel. The work is a collaboration between Sydney-based comic writer Mark Hobby, the Taiwan-based graphic designer The Milkman, and Dr. Sonique himself who provided copious amounts of factual, anecdotal, and totally fictional…

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  • Sonus Maris_V2

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    Download the Sonus Maris – Catalogue (mobile) Download the essay from ISEA 2022 Sonus Maris_Helyer_ISEA22(small) Part 1; an orientation. We are neurologically predisposed to seek patterns in our surroundings, in fact, pattern recognition is our core cognitive ability, vital to our evolution and survival as a species—as it affords the capacity of prediction. In life,…

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  • The Past is our Future; The Future is our Past.

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    The exhibition The Past is our Future; The Future is our Past is the outcome of an Artist in Residence with the Broken Hill City Art Gallery undertaken during 2021 and 2022 (with several interruptions by Covid19). The project builds on my longstanding relationship with the mining boom town and its layered history. The project –…

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  • Bed-time reading

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      Editions Sonique invites you to download a series of texts that have been sized for mobile devices. Some of these are published as hardback books and many are available as epubs (on Apple books) or as larger Pdf files on the Internet Archive.  AlphaBravoCharlie and The Deluge Ark(ive) are also dedicated websites (see splash…

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  • Echo and Narcissus; and the contest for aural space.

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    Here is the essay Echo and Narcissus; and the contest for urban space, as a PDF formatted for mobile devices – read it instead of doing Wordle! In this article, I invite you to journey through the Sonic Commons, a resonant and contested geography, that encompasses shared human sonic experiences, public, private, and those imagined…

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