SSI



Spatial Sound
Institute


Attunement
(2021)


Cat Lamoureux

Attunement means to bring into harmony, but also to become more aware, responsive.

Attunement is an interactive immersive installation developed by Cat Lamoureux (a.k.a Valeda) where participants can activate and modify a palette of sounds and textures in order to co-create an evolving and responsive sonic environment. Four position trackers, each linked to a distinct element of the composition, are placed around the room, waiting to be moved, swung, carried, and even worn. This installation seeks to encourage curiosity and play, while allowing participants to involve their bodies in an active experience of listening.

Attunement aims to emphasize the importance in recognizing the infinitely diverse and unique ways in which individuals respond to sound, and, more largely, to their environment. How can spatial sound be used as a tool for people (particularly neurodivergent adults and children) to explore their bodies’ responses to sound and space? Reflecting on the importance of attunement can allow us to create safer and more conducive learning environments, and opening up new avenues for play and exploration can allow people to communicate about emotional states when language doesn’t feel accessible or adequate.
 

Photo credits : Mladin Bence