augmented ear reality


• 24. July - 4. August 2017 (Two-week Formal class)*
• 7. August - 17. August 2017 (Two-week optional Residency for class participants)*
• up to four weeks, full-time in Berlin, Germany
• Up to 10 participants accepted

Artist / Student (Full Time)*



*Note: This program has evolved into a half lecture  course, half residency program. In addition to attending our two-week  intensive course, you have the option to continue your work here in a  two-week intensive residency as you work towards the creation of a final  project for exhibition.


Augmented Ear Reality is a workshop led by sound  artist Antoine Bertin and visual artist Helene Combal-Weiss. They meet  in the design practice of sensorial experiences. Their hybrid creations  merge auditory and tactile senses in the completion of objects,  installation and participative experiments.


Leading an exploration of materials, shapes, human  body, binaural recordings, interactive audio, and listening practices,  participants are taken on a journey to reveal new and unexpected  sensations. 


Our listening reality is intimate, tactile,  spatial, social and temporal. Using creative, analog and digital means  of bending the sense of hearing, students are invited to explore the  idea of a sound-driven virtual reality. Listening through the ear,  listening through skin, listening through bones: through the creation of  wearable ‘ear accessories’, the group will devise original strategies  of blurring the boundary between the virtual and the real.


This workshop will take you from the inticacies of  the ear to the surface of the skin and the resonance of spaces on a  journey through the new possibilities in sound experience design that  have emerged through the boom of virtual reality. 

in this course,
you will be
introduced to

  • Binaural recording techniques and 360 audio mixing
  • Interactive sound design with basic Max/MSP skills
  • Tactile audio: Skin, Bones and Organ vibrations.
  • Ultradirectional audio technique
  • Molding of ears and body parts. Alginate, Silicone. -Explore the architecture and mysteries of the hearing apparatus.
  • Create your own binaural recording rig (dummy ears)
  • Playing with the vibrational and acoustic properities of an exotic range of natural or synthetic materials, shapes and structures for the design of innovative wearable listening devices.
  • An amazing network and community of like-minded creative beings and potential future collaborators in the field of sound installation, virtual reality sound design, audio experience design.
  • An independent creative project for online portfolio and public exhibition

course outline

Two-week Intensive Course: Introductions, concepts, narratives, play, and critical discourse. Binaural Field Recording Techniques Molding and Casting of your own silicone ear Binaural sound recording Ambisonic sound recording and decoding Alginate based S

who is this
program for?

This workshop is geared toward artists, designers, musicians, and anyone interested in experimenting with tactile materials, and the possibilities of storytelling with perception and 3D sound.

meet the