Augustine Leudar is a multidisciplinary artist who specialises in spatial audio and 3D sound. He creates 3d soundart, audio holograms, , sonic illusions and immersive installations that surprise, mislead, and delight audiences. His work often incorporates other artistic disciplines such as sculpture, 3D printing, theatre and painting. Characterised by a surreal sense of humour, he creates new worlds and augmented realities through hidden speakers and projectors, concealed microphones, and mischievous intent, turning any space into anywhere, from the smallest nook to entire woodland expanses. Interactive technologies are often hidden in the installations allowing the audience to change elements of the environment. In 2010, Augustine delivered the world’s largest walk-through multichannel sound installation at the Eden Project in Cornwall. Called ‘Biomes at Night,’ it covered over 4 acres of indoor rainforest. Included in this nocturnal event were fairytales illustrated by 3d surround sound in the trees read by David Webb. Augustine’s work has been exhibited and performed internationally. He has appeared at the National Gallery of the Czech Republic, Aria Art Gallery in Florence, as well as venues in Peru, Bolivia and across the UK and Ireland. He enjoys site-specific work, and in 2013 he worked with Glastonbury’s Shangri-La to create a dreamlike and immersive sound environment in the “Alleys” that covered several acres . He has also collaborated with various theatre companies to produce works everywhere from public parks to abandoned swimming pools. Augustine has received airplay on BBC Radio 1 (John Peel), the BBC2 Arts Show , and BBC Radio Ulster .’ Currently based in Ireland Augustine conducts multidisciplinary research into “plant electrophysiology” and “spatial audio” as part of his PhD at the Sonic Arts Research Centre . As a result recent work has focused on making tangible unseen processes in the biosphere such as communication across tree roots . In 2014 “Garden of membranes” created a miniature multichannel sound installation in a Bonsai forest in Bolivia and month later an exhibition an audio hologram sonified an electrical signals in a garden in Rio de Janeiro. Augustine has just returned from the Amazon, where he has spent 8 years out of the last 14, and recordings made there over the years are used to create realistic 3d soundscapes of the rainforest for botanic gardens and parks. The first exhibition he delivered on his arrival was “Garden of Membranes 2.0” at the Naughton Gallery at Queen’s. His last installation “The Stone Tapes” was at the Giant’s Ring Neolithic Site Ireland. A review of the event can be read here.
Augustine is artistic director of “Magik door” a production company specialising in 3-D audio and immersive environments.
“…a most surreal, otherworldly experience……As we walked back down the lane after this ethereal experience, here was a feeling that we had witnessed something fleeting and beautiful. Tonight at the Giant’s Ring you won’t find a new age sound installation. This is the beauty and uniqueness of projects such as this.”
Mary Stevens, Visual arts News Sheet
“The bangs, squeaks, howls and banshee roars mysteriously emanating from copses and tree-clusters, as the promenade around the park develops, are genuinely eerie and unsettling in the mizzly Belfast darkness, the more so for their sources being hidden by Augustine Leudar’s ingenious sound installation.”
Terry Blain, Irish Theatre Magazine
“The candlelit, disused pool is a highlight, not least through the soundscape of ghostly swimmers by digital sound artist Gus Leudar.”
Remco van Straten, NI Scene
“hmmm, I realy like that ”
Elizabeth Mahoney, The Guardian