Sounding Out Spaces: Site-Responsive Sonic Art

Friday, November 2, 2018, 3:30-5:00pm

Sounding Out Spaces explores the relationships between people, sounds, and space by using new technologies to afford participation and collective musicking in response to a particular environment. In this paper we present a pluralistic approach to incorporating environmental factors within the field of site-responsive sonic art using embedded audio and data processing techniques. In particular, we focus on the role of such systems within an ecosystemic framework, both in terms of incorporating systems of living organisms, as well as sonic interaction design.


Lauren Sarah Hayes is a Scottish musician and sound artist who builds hybrid analogue/digital instruments. She is a ‘positively ferocious improvisor’ (Cycling ’74), her music refusing to sit nicely between free improv, experimental pop, techno, and noise. Over the last decade she has developed an unpredictable performance system that explores the relationships between bodies, sound, and environments. She has developed several haptic (touch-based) interfaces and composes music that can be experienced physically as vibration throughout the body. Her research explores embodied music cognition, enactive approaches to digital instrument design, and haptic technologies (Contemporary Music Review, Organised Sound, Computer Music Journal). She is currently Assistant Professor of Sound Studies within the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University where she leads PARIESA (Practice and Research in Enactive Sonic Art). She is a member of the New BBC Radiophonic Workshop.


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