Immersive Sound Piece
“Strathroy Stories” is an immersive, spatialized sound piece that explores space and place through a series of adolescent and teenage memories of people, places, and events. This work explores the notion of memory as a dynamic, malleable construct that falls somewhere between archival and living narrative. Guided by the memories of a small town boy, the listener will explore sites and events ranging from the prosaic; swimming at the town pool and hanging out at the arcade, to the aberrant; Turkey Festival murder and an ice fishing party gone wrong. Created as a locative listening piece, the end user is encouraged to listen, as they would a music playlist, while they walk to work, ride transit, clean the house, or walk the hedgehog. This piece is intended to enable a hybrid listening experience where the listener will be at times unable to distinguish real from virtual, thus creating a sort of Schizophonic low-tech AR experience.
Tony Vieira is a musician, composer and media artist who creates immersive visual and sonic landscapes for mobile and locative media. In addition to composing original music scores for television, film, and interactive media, he has co-created augmented reality and alternate reality projects for LandSlide Possible Futures, World Pride 2015 Toronto, Art Crawl Hamilton, and is currently developing a Locative Listening series. Tony holds an MA in Music Composition from York University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Ethnomusicology and Digital Studies. He is a senior researcher with the York University Augmented Reality Lab and has been a Music Program tutorial instructor for Music & Cultures, Music in the City and Popular Music. Tony has also been an instructor of courses and workshops in Music for Media (Anatomy of a Film Score) and Songwriting & Composition (The Art & Craft of Songwriting).