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Acoustic Atlas: Cultivating the Capacity to Listen


‘Acoustic Atlas’ aims to advance world acoustical awareness through the creation of a novel application of web-audio technology as a ubiquitous site of ‘listening,’ and it starts its journey by digitally preserving the acoustical heritage and soundscapes of Yordas Cave, Victoria Cave and Ingleborough Cave in the UK Yorkshire Dales. The main action is the creation of a series of novel listening experiences that are connected to each studied cave, intended for the cultivation of the capacity to listen to and connect with, remote heritage sites. Participation is fundamental to the user experience. Auralisations, which can be thought of as real-time virtual acoustic reality experiences, transport the listener by allowing them to hear the reflections of their own voices in these virtual caves, providing a direct sensory, aural perspective. The fellowship will allow the researcher to complete professional training in areas fundamental to the execution of the project as well as key academic skills, including virtual acoustics, binaural audio recording, JavaScript, Webaudio programming, project management, dissemination strategies and lecturing. The host institution will benefit from the fellow’s experience in sound design, composition and sound art projects via lectures, collaborations and exchanges with students, colleagues and relevant research centres. The outputs will include a novel real-time auralisation application, 3 journal papers, 5 symposia presentations, 4 concerts and a sound art series. The auditory experiences provided through ‘Acoustic Atlas’ are key to nourishing, refining and expanding our ability to listen. Moreover, ‘Acoustic Atlas’ advances the study of acoustic ecology in Europe by exploring creative methods for dissemination as well as providing the starting point for long-lasting collaborative networks in the field of acoustic preservation.

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

MSCA-IF-EF-ST - Standard EF


YO10 5DD York North Yorkshire
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 224 933,76