xirminja nahpy benry

2016 – ongoing
ambisonics installation
6 hour 35 min (∞), eight-speaker circular array

xirminja nahpy benry 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, and water through a 24-hour cycle. The project is based on a set of ad hoc distributed listening strategies with more than two hundred hours of long-form field recordings produced over several weeks at diverse locations across the Mamirauá and Amanã Reserves in the Brazilian Central Amazon region during the dry season of 2015. This large body of environmental sound materials is explored compositionally as a multidimensional sonic object which can be traversed through different pathways.

The most recent manifestation of the project is an immersive installation premiered at the festival Sonorities in Belfast in 2016. The installation features a durational ambisonics composition experienced in a completely dark space.

Earlier manifestations of the project include an immersive installation preview version exhibited at the Sonic Environments Conference (ICMC / NIME 2016) in Brisbane, and a quadraphonic live performance at EARSHOTS! concert series, One Hundred Years Gallery, London in July and September 2016 respectively.

Fieldwork photos selection posted online ::: Amana :: Mamirauá

This project has been produced thanks to the generous support of many individuals and various artistic and scientific organisations in Brazil, Spain and the United Kingdom: Mamirauá Institute (Tefé, Amazonas), SARC-Sonic Arts Research Centre (Belfast), LASom-Laboratorio de Acústica e Artes Sonoras at the Instituto de Artes, UNICAMP (Campinas-São Paulo), T-37 (Madrid), Santander Foundation UK, and Sound & Music (London).

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