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No such thing as empty space


No such thing as empty space

Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 September / During Gallery hours / Free


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An immersive audio installation by Matt Lewis and national deafblind charity Sense


Sound artist Matt Lewis collaborated for six months with people with sensory impairments to create an immersive audio installation. As part of the project, over eighty people from around the country took part in creative sessions involving music making, improvisation, field recordings and composing. 


Field recordings have been drawn from airports and stations to cathedrals and swimming pools as well as experimental music produced by the participants during the project were used for the installation. 


Matt Lewis said: “We wanted to ask the question - How can we perceive sound without using our hearing? Our immersive sound project creatively explores the extremes, deficits and vagaries of auditory and haptic perception. The intention was not merely to recreate aspects of the deafblind experience, but to shed light on the intricacies of human perception in general.” 


Audience members will be able to try out ambisonic systems, sub bass vests and syntonic speakers as part of the installation. The project that has been supported using public funding from Arts Council England has also involved the input of audiologists, sound designers, musicians and neuropsychologists. 

September 2015