xirminja nahpy benry ::: entangled

immersive ambisonic installation / live performance series
ongoing project series, duration and dimensions variable

xirminja nahpy benry ::: entangled is an immersion into the sonic environments of flooded tropical Amazonian rainforests. The project explores the stunning complexity of the sonic mesh created by insects, birds, amphibians, mammals, reptiles, fishes, vegetational species, soil and water through the 24-hour cycle.

The work draws on a set of distributed listening strategies in the field and the studio, with more than two hundred hours of long-form ambient sound recordings produced throughout two months in diverse locations across the Amanã and Mamirauá territories within the Brazilian Central Amazon region during the dry season of 2015. This body of environmental sound materials is explored as a multidimensional (temporal-spatial) entity (a sonic hyperobject) which can be traversed through different listening pathways.

The project is conceived as an ongoing series with manifestations as immersive durational installations and live performance events. The work is composed using ambisonic surround sound techniques which allow adaptation to different multichannel systems and venues. The experience takes place in almost complete darkness to facilitate deep listening.

“To be entangled is not simply to be intertwined with another, as in the joining of separate entities, but to lack an independent, self-contained existence” — Karen Barad


Sonorities Festival, Sonic Arts Research Center (SARC), Belfast – November 2016
immersive installation, 6 hours 35 min (∞), 8-channel audio, horizontal octagon speaker ring

EARSHOTS!, One Hundred Years Gallery, London – 2016.09.10
live performance, quadraphonic, 30 min

Sonic Environments, ACMC 2016, IMERSD Room, Queensland Conservatorium, Brisbane – July 2016
immersive installation, 1 hour (∞), 8-channel audio, horizontal octagon speaker ring


The project has been made possible thanks to the support of several organisations and many people.

_ Mamirauá Sustainable Development Institute, Tefé, Amazonas
_ Laboratory for Acoustics and Sonic Arts (LASom), Institute of Arts, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), São Paulo
_ Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Queen´s University Belfast (QUB)
_ Santander Mobility Research Grant
_ Francis Chagrin Award, Sound and Music, London
_ T-37 DIY Hackspace, Madrid

Special thanks: Silvia Janoskova, José Augusto Mannis, Maria Cecilia Gomes, Moisés, Careta, Omar, Zé, and everyone (staff, researchers, field specialists, local inhabitants) who helped in Tefé, and in the riverine communities of Baré, Boa Esperança, Jarauá, and Horizonte within Amanã and Mamirauá.