Duncan will be developing his fellowship publication ’No Vantage Point’ into a series of experiments around audio augmented reality. Exploring what tools and software will be most useful in this developing industry, he plans to also investigate how it might be a relevant form in this rapidly shifting time. As we are all becoming acutely aware of distance and the difficulties of travel, it seems apt to consider how augmented audio reality might reveal new or hidden qualities of our current environment. The ability to merge the existing sound around us with digital content is an exciting shift from the isolation of traditional headphones, but what if could do something more?
Could we use them to hear the data around us sonified, harmonic representations of environmental data that merged with the existing soundscape? Or maybe travel forwards and backwards in time, hearing the shift in the pre-post lockdown aural landscape as we move through the new normal of our home towns.