Current PhD and Masters candidates
Journey for the ear; exploring the aural experience for pedestrians
This research looks towards a blind-centered knowledge on sound, with the view that as pedestrians, our aural experience plays a key role in our perception and memory of place. Based on the simple notion of sound as a landmark, the research explores the possibilities for assistive sound to play a greater role in the urban environment. In this context the sound experience serves as a vehicle for exploring the sound, place relation and its connection to urban space through an interconnected series of reflective and participatory-based projects.
Sensing the body Socially, Processing the body Politically
In the frame of the question: how does the body connect with the world to create and communicate knowledge? I will interrogate the links between art making and knowledge creation by exploring the body as a site (process) and a generator (processor) of knowledge. As a contemporary artist working on the body, public space and the digital realm, I will identify how our physical sensibility resonates and reverberates with the integration of the things we know and the things we try to know, and how the body retains, organises and processes this information. The investigation will consider how this knowledge is distributed through social, political, artistic and cultural interventions, flows and movements and how it is central to our capacity to be human and engage in civil society.
Jim Barbour, PhD?
Exploring Height in Acoustic Space
The study of sound in space explores the location and movement of sounds in three dimensional acoustic space. A key component of our perception of acoustic space comes from the height of a sound source and this is a dimension which I believe has not been adequately researched. We hear sounds emanating from all around us, out to our acoustic horizon, and are immersed in the soundscape of acoustic space. Every acoustic space through which we move has its own unique spatial identity realised by the reflections from the surfaces in that space. My research is investigating our perceptual response to the height of sound sources and creative techniques for producing a realistic 3D soundscape with a true sense of immersion. This work aims to develop new ideas for the aesthetic use of height loudspeakers.
ImprovScapes: Improvisation in Musico-Spatial Creative Practice
This research examines improvisation in musical and spatial creative practice. Current project work is focussed on understanding my own practice in drums and percussion in the context of ‘the infinite art’ (Berliner 2009) of musical improvisation, ‘tacit knowing in action’ (Schön 1987), my own ‘referents’ (Pressing 1987) and musical language across a variety of contexts. A multi-modal improvisational analytical framework is being developed that allows four-dimensional insights into musical improvisation using sound, MIDI output, visualisation, EEG tracking, reflection-on-action (Schön 1983) and creative vector (Fischer 2014) analysis. Future project work will be framed around using knowledge gained in this project in a generative context, in consideration of a merging of musical and spatial creative practices, within the context of my home and work environment- the Great Ocean Road.
Space and intimacy: towards a new digital platform of opera documentation
In considering these research topics I have synthesised the research aims in section C of the ARC grant application with my own experience, expertise and interests. I am predominantly a filmmaker with a focus on documentation of live performance, but I also work in the intersection of live performance with recorded materials. I am interested in maintaining the essence of a performance when translating it to a different medium. Also, I am interested in finding balance between screens and live performance when they are presented together, such that the former does not dominate audience attention.