Nigel Helyer

Nigel Helyer (a.k.a. Dr Sonique) is a Fremantle WA based Sculptor and Sound Artist with an international reputation for his large-scale sonic installations, environmental sculpture works and new media projects.’


CrayVox is a project completed for the IASKA Space(D) Biennale on exhibition at the Fremantle Arts Centre February to March 2012. Shown below is Version #3 Displayed at the Geraldton Museum


His practice is actively inter-disciplinary linking creative practice with scientific research and development. Recent activities include; the development of a ‘Virtual Audio Reality’ system in collaboration with Lake Technology (Sydney) and the ongoing ‘AudioNomad’ research project in location sensitive Environmental Audio at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales.

These interests form part of a larger project that seeks to integrate cultural and technical systems, especially those concerned with sound and acoustic ecology, within an environmental and biological context. Nigel Helyer’s position of Honorary Research Fellow at the “SymbioticA” lab in Western Australia has also allowed him to pursue a range of bio-sonic projects.


BeeWork 3D xray image test 2013

“My practice is increasingly focussed upon bringing together the physical and ecological environment together with our social and cultural contexts. Using the media of multichannel sound installation; data-sonification and sonic-cartography these hybrid works are designed to create new forms of sonic space in which it is possible to experience, examine and reflect upon the complexities and consequences of our interactions in an increasingly chaotic world.”


Songs from the UnderWorld was produced at the wonderful SCANZ festival and exhibited as part of the “3rd Nature” exhibition in the Fernery of Pukekura Park in New Plymouth, New Zealand.


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