Hear, Being Here (2005- )

Hear being here is an ongoing research project that explores the potential of adopting the principles of ‘active’ acoustics systems to create reverberation behaviours that might confound our expectations of an existing physical space.

Through a series of architectural experiments, we have been investigating the perceptual effects of manipulating the acoustical behaviour of a space by means of artificial reverberation. Ultimately, our objective is to design virtual architectural environments on the premise of their sonic characteristics. Our interest in ‘active’ acoustic systems then, is for their potential to create acoustic behaviours that would be impossible to realise using physical forms alone.

We have carried out 3 installations so far, each of increasing complexity. In each case we are exploring the potential of subverting the natural acoustic behaviour of a space in order to engineer listening contexts in which visitors are implicitly invited to ‘listen to themselves listening’.