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Toposonic
Geolocated sound work

Toposonic is an innovative project that aims to experience augmented reality of sound with a mobile application and headset or headphones. By moving around in the public space, the listener/walker influences the music and text he or she listens to. Thus, virtual sound characters appear and disappear during the walk, sounds and custom written music come to life, a second amazing reality is revealed to the curiosity of the listening walker.

Toposonic Therefore, Toposonic aims to transform outdoor public spaces (parks, squares, etc.) by giving them a new sound and artistic dimension. In this metamorphosis with an almost magical character, the topology of the site is fundamental because it serves as an active setting. It is, for example, by approaching a water source that the music heard will evoke the liquid element, or by approaching a particular building that the text will be linked to its history. From the diversion of these points of reference from everyday life, several objectives emerge:

 -  To bring a wide audience to live an artistic experience, outside the conventional routes (concert hall, museum, etc.).
 
- To raise public awareness of different themes: sound environment, cultural heritage, history of a place, etc.
 
- To give a sound identity to a place, in order to enhance it.
 

Launched by Gaël Tissot, musician and digital designer (studio hapax - Toulouse), Toposonic was born from the desire to experience unusual musical listening situations. In the wake of concerts in the forest, concerts under a headset or other devices already put in place by various creators, Toposonic is a sound installation that has the particularity of being completely dematerialized. It also directly involves the auditor because his or her walk is necessary to explore all aspects of the project.

Toposonic will be presented at Château Éphémère (Carrières-sous-Poissy, FR), at the biennale Appel d’air (Arras, FR) and at the campus of the University of Grenoble (FR).

Connect to the Arras version, in the frame of the biennale "Appel d'air"

Pour la version d’Appel d’air, Toposonic trace un récit futur (ou peut-être bien passé ?) de deux personnes qui se rencontrent dans le Jardin Minelle. Arras a changé : les remparts sont de nouveau debout, la cité se prolonge sous terre, mais le beffroi emblématique est toujours là…