Iain Mott

Iain Mott

Iain Mott is a sound artist and a lecturer (professor adjunto) in the area of voice and performance in the Departamento de Artes Cênicas (theatre arts), Universidade de Brasilia. His sound installations are characterised by high levels of audience participation and novel approaches to interactivity. He has exhibited widely in Australia and at shows including the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Emoção Art.ficial in São Paulo and the Dashanzi International Art Festival and Multimedia Art Asia Pacific (MAAP) in Beijing. His most recent installation with Simone Reis O Espelho was exhibited at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB) in Brasilia in the second half of 2012. Iain has received numerous awards and grants and has successfully managed innovative projects for almost 20 years. His GPS-based project Sound Mapping was awarded an Honorary Mention in the 1998 Prix Ars Electronica. In 2005 he was awarded an Australia China Council Arts Fellowship to work with the Beijing arts company the Long March Project. His work Zhong Shuo was created as part of the fellowship in collaboration with Chinese artists and was given 3rd prize in the UNESCO Digital Art Awards. The project has in addition been selected by MAAP for two further installations in Shanghai and Brisbane in 2006. Iain was artist in residence at the CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences in Canberra for 12 months in 1999/2000. The notion of collaboration between artist and audience has ongoing importance in Iain's work. His PhD from the University of Wollongong was supervised by Greg Schiemer and is entitled Sound Installation and Self-listening. 

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Sunday, 20 September 2015 19:37


Please listen with headphones correctly aligned.

Sunday, 20 September 2015 19:17


Close is a multi-screen video projection installation by Iain Mott that blurs the separation between viewer and subject by means of 3-dimensional sound. The viewer wears headphones and hears sound from the perspective of the subject - an effect achieved through binaural recording methods. Close portrays a haircut as a kind of death. The hairdresser, in a gradual erasure of the subjects features, removes hair and eyebrows with scissors and razors. The viewer inhabits the body of the subject as if watching his or her own disappearance. The shared ritualistic experience explores territories of death and loss.

Production Credits
Justin Brickle - director of photography
Dominic Bromilow - gaffer/grip
Stephen Dixon - editor/sound recordist

Christiane Hanesch - art director

Iain Mott - writer/director/sound editor
Iain Mott - subject
Reno Pontonio - hairdresser


Produced with the assistance of Arts Victoria and the CSIRO Mathematical & Information Sciences. This project has been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Videotaped at CSIRO Building Construction and Engineering, Melbourne. Offline edit at Open Channel - online edit at Fine Cut.



Sunday, 20 September 2015 18:41

Music of the Sphere

Binaural recording for headphone listening. Please listen with headphones correctly orientated.

Para ouvir com fones de ouvido. Certifique-se de que os fones estejam orientados corretamente.

Composition by Iain Mott.

Sunday, 20 September 2015 15:03

A King Listens (2014)

A voice means this: there is a living person,
throat, chest, feelings, who sends into the air this voice,
different from all other voices.
A voice involves the throat, saliva, infancy, the patina of experienced life,
the mind’s intentions, the pleasure of giving a personal form to sound waves.
— Italo Calvino

Acoustic theatre for headphones of Italo Calvino's story A King Listens (Um Rei à Escuta in Portuguese) by the Laboratório de Performance e Teatro do Vazio (LPTV), research and extension group of the Instituto de Artes (IdA) of the Universidade de Brasília (UnB), linked to the Decanato de Extensão (DEX) and to the Departamento de Artes Cênicas, UnB.


Déborah Soares
Felipe Fernandes
Rogério Luiz

Direction, audio production and sound design:

Iain Mott

Binaural processing and mixing performed with the Soundscape Renderer (SSR), Puredata, Ardour 3, Jconvolver and the Jack Audio Connection Kit.


CALVINO, Italo. Um Rei à Escuta. In: Nilson Moulin (Trad.); Sob o Sol-Jaguar [Sotto il sole giaguaro, 1986]. p.57–89. São Paulo: Companhia das Letras, 1995.

* See also more complete version in Portugues:

Sunday, 20 September 2015 14:33

Ambisonic Cerrado

Spatial-acoustic research on the cerrado from the perspective of the performing arts

Professor responsible: Dr. Iain David Mott
Departamento de Artes Cênicas (CEN)
Universidade de Brasília (UnB)

Project approved by the MCTI/CNPq in the Edital Universal Nº 14/2013.


To study the acoustics and soundscape of the landforms and vegetation types of the national park Chapada dos Veadeiros and produce virtual acoustic environments from the investigations with applications in the performing arts. The project will emphasise the human voice in particular and its integration with the soundscape of the cerrado. Raw data from the field research will be used in the creation of new artworks and made available on the Internet to encourage dialogue between disciplines and new research. More generally, the project intends to feature the cerrado from an audio perspective. The project will welcome the participation of the public from the regional town of Alto Paraíso and will form part of the activities of research and extension of the collective Audiocena, part of the Laboratório de Performance e Teatro do Vazio (LPTV), of UnB. Cerrado Ambisônico will produce works of theatrical installation and radiophonic art, contributing to the education of undergraduate students of Artes Cênicas at the Universidade de Brasília from a interdisciplinary perspective.


The approach of the Canadian derived movement of acoustic ecology will be the conceptual base of the project, examining the acoustic elements of a designated place as a dynamic system of information exchanges. Impulse response measurements will be made to facilitate the simulation of the acoustics of the environment by way of an associated process of convolution. Moreover, the techniques of ambisonic recording and binaural recording will enable the reproduction of soundscapes and their acoustics on headphones or multichannel systems of loudspeakers.

* Ambisonic Cerrado. Cerrado is the general term for the savana-like vegetation of central Brazil. The cerrado is extensive, occupying an estimated 2 million km² of land and has great biodiversity.

Sunday, 13 September 2015 13:53

Detail (1996)

Sunday, 13 September 2015 13:52


Sunday, 13 September 2015 12:25

The Talking Chair 1996

With Ludger Solbach at the International Computer Music Conference, Hong Kong, 1996.

Sunday, 13 September 2015 11:58

The Talking Chair 1994

Sunday, 13 September 2015 11:55

The Talking Chair 1994


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