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Discover The Sounds Of A City With Binaudios

This new installation in Newcastle allows the user to listen to the sounds of a city…

The Binaudios is a device inspired by binoculars that can be pointed at over 50 different locations seen out of the windows of the Sage Gateshead musical performance centre in Newcastle. Binaudios use a hidden Raspberry Pi computing unit and rotating ‘listening cones’ to convert orientation into a soundscape, revealing the location’s distinct sounds. The sounds were pre-recorded or archived historical sounds from the area, each coded to activate when the Binaudios is pointed to the source.

The user can turn the giant listening cones toward a football stadium to hear the crowd chanting or to the Tyne Bridge to hear King George V’s speech when he opened the bridge in 1928. One can point it towards a park to listen to sounds such as skateboarders or people playing tennis. As the Binaudios are rotated the stereo sounds move from one ear to the other creating a real feeling of listening to the city across the river.

The project is the result of a collaboration between artist Dominic Wilcox and creative technologist James Rutherford in response to Thinking Digital Conference’s context in the music performance centre.

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Binaudios is an ongoing exhibition at Sage Gateshead, for more information see here.