Litoria latopalmata Broad-palmed Rocket Frog (Photo: Siyavash Doostkhah)

AmphiSonic is a large scale immersive (ambisonic) sound environment that intersects Science, Art, First Nations knowledge, Electronic Music and the natural world.

AmphiSonic was commissioned by Curiocity Brisbane at the World Science Festival in Brisbane from June 24 – July 10, 2022.

AmphiSonic is presented and performed live daily by sound artist Panos Couros using pre recorded commissioned work from First Nations Yankunytjatjara Poet Ali Cobby Eckermann; esteemed frog disease scientist Dr Lee Berger and herpetologist Danielle Wallace from the University of Melbourne; First Nations singer and actor Ursula Yovich; and electronic musicians from the Doon Doon Collective – Greta Kelly, Siyavash Doostkhah and Amanda King. Additional voice by Jane Phegan.

A short walkthrough in the Rainforest Walk

AmphiSonic focuses on the sounds of frogs and other amphibious creatures recorded in various locations across the country, predominantly from Northern NSW (Bundjalung); but also including recordings from the Daintree Forest in Far North Queensland (Kuku Yalanji), The Blue Mountains (Darug); Maldon Victoria (Djadjawurrung) and urban Sydney (Cammeraygal).

AmphiSonic is an Ambisonic sound environment that people experience by walking through the space. A full cycle of the work takes approximately 28 minutes. Each cycle contains various elements and these combine to create a complete narrative arc. Alternately it is also played as a full improvisation, mixing frogs, words and music live by the artist.

The full cycle can be heard here. Please use headphones and understand this is a binaural version, not immersive.