Peter Sinclair: Other Kinds of Sound Environment

portret copy 2exhibition / performance RoadMusic (car rides)
14.– 23. Sept. 2016, Aksioma Project Space
Opening: Wednesday, Sept. 14. at 8.00pm

Embarking on the rides from Aksioma Project Space (20 min)::
Wednesday 14. 9. from 18:00 to 21:30
Thursday 15.9. from 17:00 to 19:30
Friday 16. 9. from 17:00 to 19:30
Drivers: Alenka Pirman, Luka Prinčič and Brane Zorman

Cars: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer iPerformance and BMW 3 Series iPerformance
Reserve your seat: cona(at)

The Exhibition Other Kinds of Sound Environment will present the projects: NewAtlantis, RoadMusic and Locus Sonus Stream ProjectThe event accompanying the exhibition offer’s free rides around the streets of Ljubljana in cars equipped with the RoadMusic application. The author will be present to answer your questions and the cars will be driven by local artists.
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With RoadMusic (in-time, in-situ performance) the music played is generated by the car itself: vibrations of the car on the road, recognizable movements (accelerations, gear changes, bends etc.) and the passing landscape all participate to create a soundscape inside the car. RoadMusic remodels the audio-visual-tactile experience particular to driving a car, constructing a musical narrative as the route unfolds. In modern cars, the infotainment system has become the default audio source that replaces the soundscape from which we are hermetically sealed off. RoadMusic re-creates a link between the situation of driving and what we listen to, while maintaining the notion of musical composition.

Beside RoadMusic the exhibition will present two sound works that reflect the nature of sound space and are led by Peter Sinclair and his research unit Locus Sonus.


New Atlantis is a shared (multi-user) online virtual world dedicated to audio experimentation and practice. Unlike most online worlds where image is the primary concern, in NA sound comes first. NA is a collaborative project initiated by Peter Sinclair, Locus Sonus in the context of a transatlantic exchange with SAIC (School of the arts Institute Chicago, USA). NA provides a context for sound artists and students to create projects that explore the relationship between sound, virtual 3D image and interactivity. It is a place to organize virtual sound installations, online concerts, soundwalks and other audiovisual art experiences.

Locus Sonus Stream Project is a network of open microphones that stream the captured audio environment live from locations spread around the globe to our server. Over the last ten years this project has developed to become a worldwide pooled resource used by numerous artists and enjoyed by countless listeners. Locus Sonus Sound Map visualizes the live microphones that are open worldwide. The visitor can navigate the sound sources via a web browser. Using and/or participating in the stream project implies questioning ‘traditional’ listening and compositional practices where audio content is pre-determined. It raises questions regarding ‘real-time’ and ‘real-space’ what it means to be somewhere.

Peter Sinclair is a Sound Artist and Researcher (Ph.D University of Arts London). Long time builder of autonomous musical machines and sound installations, his work today focuses on mobile media, networked sonic spaces and the mediation of real time data. His work is exhibited, performed and published internationally, both solo or with the research unit Locus Sonus that he directs at Ecole d’Art of Aix-En-Provence (France).

Locus Sonus is a research group whose main aim is to explore the ever evolving relationship between sound, place and usage. In an Art/Science tradition our research involves experimentation with emerging audio technologies particularly those relating to sound transmission, mobilization or spatialisation. Maintained by the art school of Aix en Provence, Locus Sonus is concerned with practice driven research and transdisciplinary approaches to the arts of sound.

Locus Sonus Lab 2015/2016: Elena Biserna, Stéphane Cousot, Grégoire Lauvin, Laurent Di Biase, Marie Müller, Jérôme Joy, Anne Roquigny, Peter Sinclair.

Coproduction : GMEM-CNCM-marseille, DaisyChain, Seconde Nature, Supported dy DICRéAM.
Today, aside from Sinclair’s original program there are versions available by composers: Andrea Cera, Atau Tanaka & Adam Parkinson, Marine Quiniou, Mathias Isouard, Charles Bascou.

New Atlantis:
Partner Institutions: Locus Sonus (ESAAix) Ecole supérieure d’art d’Aix-en-Provence.
ENSCI Les Ateliers. (RPI) Rensaler Polytechnic Institute, Troy. (SAIC) School of the art Institute of Chicago, Chicago USA.
Current Participants:
Project Coordination: Peter Sinclair (Locus Sonus ESA-Aix), Peter Gena (SAIC), Roland Cahen (ENSCI), Development: Jonathan Tanant (JonLab): lead developer and software architect, Component development: Alexandre Amiel (ESA-Aix), Faculty: Marc Anderson (3d Graphics SAIC), Robb Drinkwater (Audio programming SAIC), Michael Fox (3d Graphics SAIC), Ben Chang (Programming, 3d Graphics), Administration – Anne Roquigny (Locus Sonus) & Julie Karsenty (ESA-Aix).

Locus Sonus Sound Map:
Development: Stéphane Cousot, Server Administration: Renaud Courvoisier
Streaming Provider (sponsor): CreaCast

Production: CONA Institute for Contemporary Art Processing, 2016
Partners: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art Ljubljana and Locus Sonus, Aix en Provanse, France
Sponzor: BMW
Institute CONA programmes are supported by the Culture Department of the Municipality of Ljubljana; CONA’s projects are supported by the Ministry of Culture of the RS.
More info and programme at:

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