The Earth Echo Collective
We are a collective of sound healers, designers, engineers and visual artists exploring ecological artistic audio and visual content around a central theme ‘Earth Echo’.
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We all have a common thread between us - we care deeply about wildlife and we combine all our skills, knowledge and experience in our expert field to collaborate and create powerful and meaningful content that can hopefully engage others in this delicate matter surrounding our relationship with nature.
Our partnering Field Recordists
IMMERSIVE AUDIO DESIGNER / WILDLIFE SOUND ADDICT
Axel is an Immersive Audio designer, founder of Sounding Wild (Spatial Audio content creation and research for wildlife and conservation) and Spatial Audio Labs (Spatial Audio innovation and content creation), and was employed by the Philharmonia Orchestra as a Spatial Audio Producer for the ‘Audiences of the Future’ - a government-funded project.He works on international 360, XR and immersive installation projects, travelling all around the world, wherever cutting-edge 3D sound for good is needed. His work has been shown at SXSW, Seattle Film Festival, Sheffield Doc Fest, United Nations HQ (Bonn, Germany), Downing Street and Future of Storytelling Summit (NY, USA).
He focuses on conservation and wildlife sound, and how to create compelling experiences that bring awareness about the natural world. Axel has been researching and exploring the concepts of soundscape ecology, ecoacoustics and bioacoustic, creating immersive content combining his advanced and innovative audio-approaches and passion for nature. His recent work includes ‘A Predicament of Pangolins’, ‘Gorillapalooza’ and ‘Big 5’ 360 Video experiences produced by Habitat XR, the latter for The Ellen Fun, by Ellen DeGeneres, the last two available on the main VR platforms to watch. His first directed piece ‘Life On The Edge VR’, a multi-delivery platform immersive experience about ex-poachers, rangers and the wildlife from the Cambodian rainforest is part of the official 2020 EarthXR selection, and it has been a finalist of the Virtual Noise competition at SXSW 2020.
A brief history
The collective was formulated in Thailand in December 2018, after Phan and Francisco met Axel at the Wonderfruit festival working on the 360º Polygon stage. After some inspiring conversations amongst them on the festival grounds, they believed there was an opportunity to combine what Axel was doing with his immersive field recordings with the sound healing experience Phan and Francisco was exploring within the immersive stage. The Earth Echo experience was then launched as the daily opening ceremony of Wonderfruit Festival in 2019 the following year and spanned over 4 days as a fully immersive show within the 360º dome by POLYGON PRODUCTIONS.
The space was created to invite attendees to sit in meditation or lying down to experience a journey that combined healing scent dispersion, powerful ancient healing tools, spatialised vocals and carefully curated animal and wildlife sounds chosen for their potential to trigger ancient memories, emotions and sensations; flooding the audiences' senses, allowing them to feel the reality of nature within and without, transporting minds into other worlds through sound.
POLYGON WELLNESS EXPERIENCE
DAY 1. THE OCEAN
DAY 2. THE EARTH – RAINFOREST
DAY 3. THE MOUNTAIN
DAY 4. SPACE AND BEYOND
Since COVID has taken place, the collective have had a re-shuffle in the group. They have added 2 new members to the team - film maker and musician, Eduardo (Jan 2020) and Composer and Spatial Audio designer, Dr. Daniel Figols (Nov 2022). Axel departed the group to pursue his life-long dream to follow the bird migrations to Africa. Collectively, they have found a complementing group of like-minded people with a common vision and now collaborate in an experimental setup to bring nature's call to the world.
Dr. Daniel Fígols
COMPOSER / MUSICIAN / SPATIAL AUDIO ENGINEER
Dr Daniel Figols-Cuevas is a composer and sound artist born in Barcelona. He also plays the cello and studied Physics in Barcelona University before starting his composition career in ESMUC (Barcelona), Paris Conservatoire and King’s College London, where he obtained his PhD degree in Music. Simultaneously he specialised in orchestration and electronics at IRCAM, focused on real-time electronics, interactive music installations, computer assisted composition, automated orchestration techniques and immersive audio strategies.
Daniel partnered with Earth Echo in the summer of 2022 to bring his skills and knowledge in composition, technical engineering and spatial audio into the Earth Echo’s operations. He officially joined the collective in November, 2022.
Eduardo Perez Vidal
FILM MAKER / MUSICIAN / SOUND PRACTITIONER
Eduardo is a documentary filmmaker, self-taught multi-instrumentalist and video business strategist. His focus for the past 14 years has been on human rights and capturing inspiring stories all over the world.
His film work has helped many grassroot organisations to get the exposure and finance they needed to get to their next level. He has worked in Fiji, Lebanon, India, Costa Rica, South Africa, Libya, Japan and Europe.
He loves learning about anthropology, psychology, shamanism, social justice, ancient wisdom, ontology and the various beneficial applications of sound therapy on living beings and environments.
He has directed a youth choir and collaborated with numerous musicians on different projects, from sound baths to electronic music events. He plays guitar, harmonica, quena, handpan, didgeridoo, flute, charango, dan moi and darbuka.
Since meeting the other members of Earth Echo, the world of sound has presented itself to Eduardo through a different prism; he is grateful for this opportunity and excited about the new paths that may unfold in this quest.
MUSICIAN / SOUND PRACTITIONER / MASSAGE THERAPIST
Francisco, massage therapist since 2003, has been working with sound healing since 2010. He works intuitively with several instruments including Wind Gongs, Didgeridoos, singing and crystal bowls, flute, shakers, Shruti box and his voice, polyphonic overtone singing and other voice healing techniques. His sessions take you on a deep and relaxing journey. In London, he is a co-facilitator at the sold-out popular “All-night Psychedelic Gong Bath” for over two years.
He has participated in established events including: Psychedelic gong bath, Sound of Love, OneSpirit, La Spirale, Shift Happens, Movement Medicine, Urban Shamans and numerous yoga events with “The wellness warrior” (@calebjudepackham) yoga and live sound.
Thanks to his extensive experience in sound healing, Francisco brings a sound bath feel to Earth Echo compositions, he participates with music creation, recording and production.
Since he was a very small kid he loved going in nature by himself, recognise all sorts of plants, trees, animals, insects and birds, walk into muddy ponds and climbing in trees, rescuing wounded animals to heal at home or fostering fallen birds.
Francisco feels very proud to be part of Earth Echo, a project looking after both Nature and Human wellbeing
SOUND PRACTITIONER / ART + DESIGN / IMMERSIVE HEALING ARTS
Phan is a Sound and Reiki practitioner, Hatha Yoga 200hrs YTT and intuitive empath with a professional background in art and design. She calls herself a ‘Sound and Visual co-creator’, combining her skills and professional experience together; working mainly on projects she believes in. She is responsible for the conception of Earth Echo, leading the project launch as part of Polygon Wellness at Wonderfruit in Thailand.
Phan came into sound healing after experiencing a profound psychic kundalini awakening; enhancing her intuitive sense with sound, energy and nature. She mixes numerous modalities of healing therapies together to create deep multi-sensorial inner journeys; using touch, sound, scent and vision to re-awaken people to their mind-heart coherence. Her modalities of healing encourages deep inner listening to give us access to the many hidden worlds within us.
She helped to launch a scent brand called 'Viti Vinci - Distilled emotions by scent scientists' in August 2019 in Mallorca; furthering her journey with scent even deeper, exploring the history and science behind scent and it's powerful healing properties when combined with sound.
She’s has worked and trained with Francisco Asmoscotegui since 2017, in the UK. She was initiated into sound healing by Kat Bumbal, an established and talented sound healer. She has also completed the International Academy for Sound Healing course (IASH) with Dimitri Miteff in Thailand back in 2018. Phan works with singing bowls, gongs, Luna harp, tuning forks and voice.
Phan has been leading the Earth echo initiative, creating the vision to share a deeper message about human relationship to nature for mental and physical well-being, encouraging us all to have a more symbiotic relationship with wildlife and mother nature.
EARTH ECHO - EXTENDED FAMILY
COMPOSER / SINGER SONG WRITER / MOTION GRAPHICS + 3D VISUALISER
Mathieu acts as Earth echo's sounding board as an external advisor on track creation and ideation and also does some occasional copy-writing.
Mathieu is a co-founder of ‘Le Balcon’- a Parisian based orchestra known for its opera productions across Europe and Latin America since 2008. He studied a Master’s Degree in Classical Composition at the London Guildhall School of Music, graduating with the highest distinction of his year. He also attended the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and has written works for the soprano Julie Fuchs, the string quartet ‘Le Quatuor Zaïde’ along with works for contemporary dance companies. From time to time, he has also dabbled in orchestrating and composing/producing for TV and Short Films. Since 2014, Mathieu has worked as a Motion Graphics Designer and 3D Visualiser for various companies including FCB Inferno and Ogilvy.