Sound creation residency – Auxauralités


Sound creation


03.12 — 19.12 / 2020

Vernissage –

Sound creation residency

BétaLab1220 – Auxauralités

From 03 to 19 décembre 2020

Ana Dall’Ara-Majek – Philippe-Aubert Gauthier – Georges Roussel

Auxauralités is a sound device that addresses augmented listening and the possibility for an individual to put himself in the place of another, animal or fictitious. Armed with supernatural listening capacities, the latter perceives the world from a perspective other than that of the so-called normal human.

Acoustic metamaterials, with properties that do not exist in the natural environment, replace digital audio effects or treatments to simulate listening outside the auditor as well as its supernatural aspect. The listening qualities of these materials come from their structure and their organization. Elaborated by 3D printing technology, they reproduce digital and analog synthesis procedures by materializing them in the form of physical objects. In the end, these metamaterials help the auditor to access an imagined environment, or even a “new reality” of supernatural listening, set in space by a multiphonic device in the form of listening spaces.

On the other hand, acoustic metamaterials allow us to reflect a sound environment that is everywhere, but whose aurality is inaccessible, thereby promoting an awareness of our sound environment. Auxauralités therefore makes the link between metamaterials, artificial objects that reflect a natural environment, and the human being, the natural auditor of an artificial environment. By drawing inspiration from bioacoustics, the project questions not only our awareness of the various forms of life that share our surroundings, but also their way of hearing the world.

This project is made possible thanks to a grant from the FRQ’s intersectoral AUDACE program and the collaboration between the Groupe d’Acoustique de l’Université de Sherbrooke (GAUS) of the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Arts of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and Sporobole. The funding recipients are Professors Nicolas Bernier and Julien Sylvestre.



Born in Chicoutimi (Canada), Philippe-Aubert Gauthier lives and works in Sherbrooke (Canada). He is a sound and digital artist, musician, junior mechanical engineer, M.Sc., doctor of acoustics and professor. The core of his artistic approach is based on the interactions of arts, cultures, sciences and technologies in an integrated research program. Each of these fields of action and each of the related knowledge are used to develop artistic and musical pieces that address the social constructions of the technologies and related cultures. Most of his artistic works are influenced by readings from music, cultural studies, communications and media history. P.-A. Gauthier has produced more than 40 works and published more than 60 scientific papers. He was a recipient of grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts.


Ana Dall’Ara-Majek is a composer and sound artist living in Montreal. She is interested to the study of how instrumental, electroacoustic and computational-thinking approaches interact in music. Her works have been presented at various international festivals such as: L’Espace du Son (Belgium), Multiphonies GRM (France), NYCEMF (USA), The Engine Room (UK), Akousma (Canada), Manca (France), SAT Symposium IX (Canada), Cube Fest (USA), Cut & Splice (UK), Elektro Arts (Romania), Sincrónic (Spain), Mantis (UK), Darmstadt Festival (Germany), Klang Copenhagen (Denmark), M/A Intermedia (Italy), Futura (France). In 2014 she released her first solo album Air (Kohlenstoff records) where she explored the hybridization of breath, voices, instruments and electronics. A few years later she released Nano-Cosmos (Empreintes DIGITALes), an album tribute to insects, small arthropods and microorganisms, which was featured on The Wire Tapper 47 and listed by Toneshift as people’s choice best of 2018. She also collaborated on theatre, dance and film projects such as: Habitat (Szabo), Crying in Public (Tafel), Laborintus (Raffinot), as well as working with chamber ensembles including SuperMusique, Quasar, Ensemble AKA, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Sixtrum, Trio Hoboken, Lunatics at Large, and TM+, where she explores the interactivity between humans and technologies to create ecosystems. Currently she’s teaching composition at the University of Montreal and she performs regularly with her groups Jane/KIN, ILÉA and blablaTrains as an electronic musician and Theremin player.

Georges Roussel is a young acoustics researcher specialized in spatial audio living in Sherbrooke. He obtained his master’s degree in acoustic research from Le Mans University in 2015 and his PhD in 2019. During his PhD in collaboration with Orange Labs and Le Mans University he works on personal sound zones, allowing several people to listen to independent audio content at distinct positions using multiple loudspeakers while moving around. His work has led to two patents and makes it possible to use such systems in real time. He later became interested in using his skills outside the industrial environment and looks towards sound creation to promote access to science to a wider audience through art. He is currently completing a post-doctorate through a collaboration between the Groupe d’Acoustique de l’Université de Sherbrooke (GAUS), UQAM and the Sporobole Centre en arts actuels based in Sherbrooke. This collaboration gives an artistic color to his research work in acoustics by combining art and science in a context of artist/researcher co-creation.