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INTIMAL: Interfaces for Relational Listening


As a further development derived from all the learning in Sound Matters Framework project, and other research insights, Ximena Alarcón has started her post-doctoral research project INTIMAL: Interfaces for Relational Listening, at the Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo.

In the European context of migration and diasporas, and at the intersection of sound art, music cognition, psychology and human-computer interaction, this project is developing a novel physical-virtual “embodied system” for relational listening. Through the artistic practice of telematic sonic performance this system will interconnect people’s bodily motion and voice with their memories and dreams of distant locations.

To follow this project visit the blog page of INTIMAL. INTIMAL is funded by a Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowship.


Tuning the Interface for Relational Listening

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-11-41-25The paper “Tuning the Interface for Relational Listening” written by Ximena Alarcón has been published on the Proceedings of Live Interfaces Conference 2016.


“This paper re-visits my creative and research experiences with the creation of sound-driven interfaces for navigation and performance, as part of a personal quest for space and identity. Involving geographical migration, its sonic experience and the connections mediated with internet technologies, the experience of listening and performing within dislocation refers not only to the development of technological systems, but also to the exploration of new forms of interacting with the self and others through listening and sounding in distant locations, inviting participants to the discovery of ‘in-between’ sonic spaces for being.

Derived from the need for a shared conceptual and technical framework, the project ‘Sound Matters Framework’ has explored, with other sound artists and researchers, practices of interrogation and relational playback for the creative interplay of field recordings and speech. The framework has evolved into the idea of creating interfaces for relational listening. What characteristics might be involved in such imagined interfaces and what relational listening means within contemporary contexts of dislocation, are the questions that I am formulating on this paper within the broader field of live interfaces.”

Trond Lossius visiting CRiSAP


Sound and installation artist Trond Lossius is visiting CRiSAP as part of a collaboration initiated between CRiSAP and the Bergen Center for Electronic Arts – BEK. Derived from the experience with the project Sound Matters Framework we are envisioning possibilities for the creation of interfaces for relational listening accessing to archives of field recordings and speech, and working creatively with them using the Jamoma platform. He will offer a talk to CRiSAP members about his work at the CRiSAP Soirée on April 26th.

Trond Lossius is a sound and installation artist living in Bergen, Norway. His projects investigate sound, place and space, using sound spatialisation and multichannel audio as an invisible and temporal sculptural medium in works engaging with the site. He has collaborated with other artists on a large number of cross-disciplinary projects, in particular sound installations and works for stage. As part of LMW, in collaboration with Jon Arne Mogstad and Jeremy Welsh, he has done a series of installations combining paintings, video, prints, and sound. He has contributed to several productions with the contemporary performance group Verdensteatret, winner of New York Dance and Performance Awards a.k.a. The Bessies 2005-2006 in the Installation & New Media category.

He graduated with a master degree in geophysics from the University of Bergen, and went on to study music and composition at The Grieg Academy. From 2003-2007 he was a research fellow in the arts at Bergen National Academy of the Arts.

Trond Lossius is research and development coordinator at BEK – Bergen Center for Electronic Arts. He contributes to development of the software framework Jamoma, and he has ported Ambisonic Toolkit to a set of plugins for the Reaper DAW. He was Norwegian delegate to the EuropeanCOST action on sonic interaction design 2008-2011. 2012-2013 he was engaged as full professor at Bergen Academy of Art and Design coordinating the artistic research project Re:place.

A warm welcome to Trond at CRiSAP!