Somatic Sounds is a nature recording project by partners Dr Guillaume Potard & Megan Sproats. Dr Guillaume has a PHD in psychoacoustics & 3D audio. Megan has a background in the arts, health and healing. Together they venture to secluded parts of Australia to record natural sounds in binaural 3 dimensional audio. Now residing in Australia’s Royal National Park, south of Sydney, Megan & Guillaume draw their creativity and concepts from this environment to develop state-of-the-art sound based inventions, products and services. They can usually be found most weekends camping and exploring the Australian bush for crystal clear sounds, and that is no easy task!
“Somatic Sounds was created because we are convinced that sound is a powerful remedy for emotional release and can be a dynamic healing modality. Through Somatic Sounds we can share these benefits with you. As individuals we hold a passion for Australia’s rich natural environments and it’s wildlife. ‘Sounds of Australia in 3D’ is the result of our love of nature and our ongoing interests in the immersive qualities of binaural audio. We hope you will enjoy our products as much as we do.”
Guillaume is extremely well qualified in the science of sound. Having worked for Dolby as a 3D sound researcher, Dr Potard now applies his skills to capturing the sound of nature in it's true glory. For his PhD, Dr Potard made significant advancements in to the filed of psychoacoustics and 3D sound, and now owns 2 US patents for discoveries that he made within the field. Above else, Dr Potard has a true critical ear for sound, and this can be heard on their CDs.
The idea for Somatic Sounds came about while Guillaume and Megan were living in Sydney for several years near central station. Megan was commuting to work on an over crowded train to then walk on concrete all day, never setting foot on the grass. They were camping every weekend to escape the city and they started recording using their binaural, or 3D, technique the natural world from these trips. Megan would then listen to these sounds while on her commute to work and found she instantly felt like she was back with nature where she recorded the sounds. It made the trip on the train a lot more pleasant and she felt solidly connected to nature through the recordings