AR Sound Art

Experiments in ways of presenting sound work in Augmented Reality.

I am interested in how AR can be used for the presentation of sound work, through the use of geolocation, proximity and other triggers, and incorporating spatial audio techniques, and the opportunities offered through user interaction.

Sport of Kings (wip)

Sport of Kings is an AR work in progress made for HARI’s Phygital Phonics 2 event on the theme of ‘celebration’. A recording of the live stream of the event can be accessed here.

Manipulated field recordings of horse races were used to create the short ‘celebratory dance’ track, concerned with wider issues around the sport and associated industries. Digital scans were used to create the distorted and fragmented 3D elements. Ironing out issues with animations of the models and ‘audio layer’ triggering – update coming soon…

Scan the QR code below with your mobile device’s camera, or click here . Ideally listen with headphones. The audio can be started and stopped by tapping on the model of the race starter, and there are additional 3D elements via the Phygital Phonics flyer (image below). This work is part of an ongoing investigation in ways to present and experience spatial audio and sound work.

LINKS – platform for geolocated audio walks

8th Wall – AR platform

Janet Cardiff – The Missing Voice (Case Study B) 1999

“In 1999, The Missing Voice (Case Study B) began in Whitechapel Library. The visitor was handed a portable CD player and told to go the crime section and to seek out a book called Dream of Darkness (1989) by Reginald Hill. A woman’s voice starts confiding: A woman has gone missing. A detective’s voice is heard. Some evidence, in the form of recordings and sightings, is found. Since 2005, the library no longer exists. The building is now part of The Whitechapel Gallery. Listeners these days spend a few minutes in the gallery before heading out to re-trace the same route from Spitalfields towards the City of London. Many of the landmarks and signposts the narrator notes are the same: clothing stores and news stands; an empty church; the concourse of a busy station. Some things have changed. All the time the voice of the woman guides the listener and confides in them as they wander the streets of the city and the spaces of the mind.” Listen here.

Soundwalks as contemporary art practice

More AR

Myron Krueger

Tamiko Thiel

Olafur Eliasson

Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Marina Abramovic