Reconfiguring the Landscape

'Reconfiguring the Landscape' is a three-year Norwegian Artistic Research Project hosted at the Norwegian Academy for Music in Oslo. The project investigates how 3-D electroacoustic composition and sound-art can evoke and provoke a new awareness of outdoor sound environments. Outdoor sound environments have penetrated the materials and structures of music, sound-art, installations and architectural design. More recently our technology to capture, analyse and synthesise 3-D sound as space allows us to address the full dimensionality of the sonic landscape.


The most important aspect of the project concerns practical artistic work. This work contains a number of modules that address installation-art, composition, noise abatement and environmental design. Much of this work will include capturing site-specific 3-D sound and other kinds of environmental sensing, and will then artistically, scientifically and technologically investigate the material and its meaning. The results will be projected in both indoor and outdoor spaces through a series of iterations that address public response, design, practice and theory

The project involves an international team of researchers, who you can find out more about in the Research Catalogue.


Here are links to some of Natasha Barrett's audio examples using source recordings from the 4th order ambisonics EigenMike and the 1st order ambisonics SPS200. The EigenMike was on generous loan from IRCAM from Christmas through to the middle of January.


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Listen with headphones! Note that YouTube have reduced audio and video streaming quality in the COVID-19 period:


YouTube: Hvalstad Forest, double SPS200 ambisonics Sound Landscape Development 3 Ambisonics 3D in YouTube. Binaural. Listen on headphones. Natasha Barrett, 2020.

'Talking Trees' (version for headphones only!)

YouTube: Eigenmike® Recording Sound Landscape Development 1

Ambisonics 3D in YouTube. Binaural. Listen on headphones.

Natasha Barrett, 2019


YouTube: Eigenmike® Recording Sound Landscape Development 5

Ambisonics 3D in YouTube. Binaural. Listen on headphones.

Natasha Barrett, 2019


Inversion-1: source ambisonics for 170-beamforming loudspeaker at NMH
Ambisonics 3D in YouTube. Binaural. Listen on headphones.
Natasha Barrett, 2020.
Also see Inversion-1: 170 loudspeaker at NMH live.

Youtube: Inversion-1: 170 loudspeaker at NMH live.
Ambisonics 3D in YouTube. Binaural. Listen on headphones.
Natasha Barrett, 2020.
Also see Inversion-1: source ambisonics for 170-beamforming loudspeaker at NMH

Sansing i Strandsona (remote sensing in the tidal zone).

Short documentation video from the beach pavilion at Hvervenbukta, Oslo, summer of 2020.

Preview the full composition, headphones only!

YouTube: EigenMike® Recording and Sound Landscape Development 2, Vest Telemark, Norway
Ambisonics 3D in YouTube. Binaural. Listen on headphones.
Natasha Barrett, 2020.

YouTube: EigenMike® Recording and Sound Landscape Development 4, Hvalstad, Norway.
Ambisonics 3D in YouTube. Binaural. Listen on headphones.
Natasha Barrett, 2020.