Auxauralités is a sound device that addresses augmented listening and the possibility for an individual to put himself in the place of another, animal or fictitious. Armed with supernatural listening capacities, the latter perceives the world from a perspective other than that of the so-called normal human.
Acoustic metamaterials, with properties that do not exist in the natural environment, replace digital audio effects or treatments to simulate listening outside the auditor as well as its supernatural aspect. The listening qualities of these materials come from their structure and their organization. Elaborated by 3D printing technology, they reproduce digital and analog synthesis procedures by materializing them in the form of physical objects. In the end, these metamaterials help the auditor to access an imagined environment, or even a “new reality” of supernatural listening, set in space by a multiphonic device in the form of listening spaces.
On the other hand, acoustic metamaterials allow us to reflect a sound environment that is everywhere, but whose aurality is inaccessible, thereby promoting an awareness of our sound environment. Auxauralités therefore makes the link between metamaterials, artificial objects that reflect a natural environment, and the human being, the natural auditor of an artificial environment. By drawing inspiration from bioacoustics, the project questions not only our awareness of the various forms of life that share our surroundings, but also their way of hearing the world.
This project is made possible thanks to a grant from the FRQ’s intersectoral AUDACE program and the collaboration between the Groupe d’Acoustique de l’Université de Sherbrooke (GAUS) of the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Arts of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and Sporobole. The funding recipients are Professors Nicolas Bernier and Julien Sylvestre.
Photos : François Lafrance