Getting close and Personal. Each night I would have the same dream, I was four years old, lying awake, afraid to fall asleep, afraid to enter that inevitable landscape.  The ground surface was uniformly smooth, formed of dense iron plates extending to a featureless horizon line.  Roaring from this iron ground and billowing all around me were huge columns of flame, the sky low and dull with black smoke.  I knew I must escape but each time that I began to run a massive caisson of steel would crash to the ground and encircle me – I looked up at…


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 inter-disciplinary linking creative practice with scientific research and development.  Recent activities include; the development of a ‘Virtual Audio Reality’ system in collaboration with Lake Technology (Sydney) and the ongoing ‘AudioNomad’ research project in location sensitive Environmental Audio at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales. He is an honorary faculty member in Architectural Acoustics at the University of Sydney and…


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  • Sonus Maris
    Sonus Maris

    The Brain is wider than the Sky For put them side by side The one the other will contain With ease and You, beside The Brain is deeper than the sea For hold them Blue to Blue The one the other will absorb As Sponges, Buckets do The Brain is just the weight of God […]…

  • The Sound of Place; Environmental Artworks at Bundanon.
    The Sound of Place; Environmental Artworks at Bundanon.

    This essay by Nigel Helyer and John Potts listens to the sound of place: of Bundanon, a three thousand acre property in the Shoalhaven river valley in rural NSW, Australia. Bundanon is today an artists’ colony and education centre, following the gift to the Australian people in 1993 of the entire pr…

  • A Specialist Mentoring Opportunity.
    A Specialist Mentoring Opportunity.

    The Offer. A Specialist Mentoring Opportunity – Sound-Art, Acoustic Ecology, and Art and the Environment. For the coming year I shall be offering a mentorship programme in the areas of Sound-Art, Acoustic Ecology, and Art and the Environment. I hope to provide a weekly one hour online session…