Physicality and Spatialization in Sound Art


Session Title:

  • Machinic Sense & Sensibility: Dispositifs of Sensory Augmentation II

Presentation Title:

  • Physicality and Spatialization in Sound Art



  • This paper identifies a trend within the field of spatial sound art in which artists are attempting to draw the audience’s attention to the physicality of moving sound. It discusses the history of virtualization and simulation of moving sound that has led to this phenomenon. As evidence of this emerging trend, four case studies of recent sound art pieces are discussed. The artistic works are from both performance and installation contexts with examples of both the author’s creative work and the works of others. All take new approaches to spatialization through the physical movement of sound sources.