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Sonification (what, where, how, why)
LOCUS SONUS audio in art

from the 4th to the 5th of March 2010
École Supérieure d'Art d'Aix en Provence
MMSH - Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme

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     reports, pdf files 


Symposium Sonification (what, where, how, why)

The purpose of this symposium is to conduct a state of the art review of the use sonification* within art projects, with a focus on the use of data taken from our surroundings (in a broad sense) as opposed to gestural interfaces or electronic instruments.

a) What distinguishes sonification from other forms of data mediation ?

b) What are the different ways in which sonification is used in art ?

c) What parallels, similarities, differences & contradictions exist between the use of sonification or audio display for technical & for artistic purposes ?

d) What differences in the artistic approach does the use of realtime as opposed to recorded data imply ?

e) What is the importance of the relationship between the source of data and the way in which it is mediated ?

* “Sonification is the use of non-speech audio to convey information data to sound”. G. Kramer, B. Walker, T. Bonebright, P. Cook, J. Flowers, N. Miner, and J. Neuhoff, “Sonification report: Status of the field and research agenda,” Tech. Rep., International Community for Auditory Display, 1999, 0/References/nsf.html.


The symposium SONIFICATION will be organized as a series of 4 half day round table debates + 1 evening sessions where participants are invited to propose demonstrations, performances or documentation of work related to the theme. The Symposium is co-organized and co-produced by Locus Sonus, LAMES, CRISAP (LCC UAL) & Seconde Nature.

The schedule is as follows:
  • A half day in the amphitheater at l'Ecole Superieure d'Art d'Aix en Provence will be dedicated to presentations concerning the historical and contextual frameworks related to sound practices and networked music. These conferences will be followed by a short discussion.
  • A half day also in the amphitheater at l'Ecole Superieure d'Art d'Aix is set aside for demos and performances.
  • On Wednesday, two round table sessions of half a day will be held at LAMES where you are invited to present the current state of your research in relation to the themes of the symposium ("audiotopies" and "collective organizations"). Each round table participant will be invited to make a short presentation (maximum 20 minutes) this will be followed by a discussion moderated by Samuel Bordreuil and Jérôme Joy/Peter Sinclair.
  • The final day is reserved for 1/ a meeting concerning the european project Eu-phonic (morning) and 2/ the ANR project (afternoon for those concerned)

3rd to 5th March 2009

  TUESDAY 3 MARCH (École Supérieure d'Art d'Aix, amphi)    
11:00am Lectures :
Historical and contextual frameworks related to sound practices and networked music

11:15am Jérôme Joy
(Locus Sonus)
Networked Music & SoundArt Timeline   biography
pdf intro
11:45am Kazuhiro Jo
(CultureLab, Newcastle Univ.)
Current state of Digital Media, Culture Lab, Newcastle University   biography
pdf intro
2:30pm Peter Tomaz Dobrila
(KIBLA, Maribor)
Multimedia Center KIBLA (MMC KIBLA)    → biography
pdf intro
3:00pm Scott Fitzgerald
(Locus Sonus) (via Skype)
Collective Intelligence    → biography
pdf intro
3:30pm Pedro Rebelo
(SARC, Sonic Art Research Center, Belfast)
Addressing the Network:
Performative Strategies for Playing APART
pdf intro
5:30pm Performances/demos

Pedro Rebelo

Kazuhiro Jo
(École Supérieure d'Art d'Aix, amphi)

Netrooms : A Long Feedback
network performance
pdf intro

Lighting Wave / Colored Noise
generative instruments
pdf intro
  WEDNESDAY 4 MARCH (Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme, amphi)    
9:00am RoundTable : Audiotopies

Samuel Bordreuil (LAMES, CNRS, Univ. de Provence)

Jean-Paul Thibaud (CRESSON, Grenoble)

Gabriel Bérubé (Cresson, Grenoble)

Patrick Romieu (CRESSON, Grenoble)

Peter Sinclair (Locus Sonus)

Angus Carlyle (CRiSAP LCC, Univ. of the Arts London)

Une Dacia musicale

Les quasi-présences de l'écoute au casque

Diversion, une expérience sonore en espace public urbain

Le Mort en ses espaces sonores

LSinSL & New Atlantis : Locus Sonus exploring audio
possibilities of virtual spaces

Sounding the Place Out : Exploring Acoustic Environments

 → biography (Bordreuil)
pdf intro

 → biography (Thibaud)
pdf intro

 → biography (Bérubé)
pdf intro

 → biography (Romieu)
pdf intro

 → biography (Sinclair)
pdf intro

 → biography (Carlyle)
pdf intro
2:00pm Roundtable :
collective organizations

Alejo Duque (Locus Sonus)

Kazuhiro Jo (CultureLab, Newcastle Univ.)

Pedro Rebelo (SARC Belfast)

Alain Renaud (Univ. Of Bournemouth)

Pedro Soler (Le Hangar Barcelona)

Ragnar Helgi Olafsson (LORNA, Reykjavik)

Julien Clauss (Locus Sonus)

Locus Sonus as a research lab from the perspective
of the streambox development (FLOSS)

The Music One Participates:
From Practices of The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA

Connected Spaces and Acoustics Morphings

Neither Here Nor There

Toposone - performances de champ libre

 → biography (Duque)
pdf intro

 → biography (Jo)
pdf intro

 → biography (Rebelo)
pdf intro

 → biography (Renaud)
pdf intro

 → biography (Soler)
pdf intro

 → biography (Olafsson)
pdf intro

 → biography (Clauss)
pdf intro
5:00pm (end of the symposium)      
  THURSDAY 5 MARCH (Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme, amphi)    
10:00am EU-Phonic Project
Work session
(Locus Sonus, CRiSAP LCC London, CultureLab Newcastle, Le Hangar Barcelona, Kibla Maribor, LORNA Reykjavik, SARC Belfast, STEIM Amsterdam )    
2:00pm ANR Project
Art Sonore, Ambiances urbaines, prise de Place Publique

Work session
(Locus Sonus, LAMES CNRS Univ. de Provence, CRESSON Grenoble, Telecom Paristech / ENST Paris)    
    The symposium is semi-public. Thanks to subscribe and to send a message to d'Anne Roquigny

Video and audio documentations: Solange Grenna et Fabien Artal. English and French translations : Peter Sinclair.

map & contacts

Anne Roquigny: admin (at)      mob: +33 (0)6 62 11 04 54
Jérôme Joy: joy (at)      mob: +33 (0)6 81 25 98 16

Access to École Supérieure d'Art d'Aix en Provence
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Access to MMSH (Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme)
Université de Provence - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Université Paul Cézanne
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documentation and
images: Locus Sonus Lab