Posted on 24 July 2020
Dr Cobi van Tonder will be working with Dr Mariana Lopez in the field of acoustic ecology with the purpose of developing a web application that encourages, improves and develops our ability to listen. ‘Acoustic Atlas’ aims to advance world acoustical awareness through the creation of a novel application of web-audio technology as a ubiquitous site of ‘listening,’ and it starts its journey by digitally preserving the acoustical heritage and soundscapes of three caves in the Yorkshire Dales. The main output is the creation of a series of novel listening experiences that are connected to each studied cave, intended for the cultivation of the capacity to listen to and connect with, remote heritage sites. Participation is fundamental to the user experience. Auralisations, which can be thought of as real-time virtual acoustic reality experiences, transport the listener by allowing them to hear the reflections of their own voices in these virtual caves, providing a direct sensory, aural perspective. The auditory experiences provided through ‘Acoustic Atlas’ are key to nourishing, refining and expanding our ability to listen, while also engaging with the impact of climate change on natural sites and their acoustics.