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Walk To Westerbork, Escape To Shanghai and Letters From Drancy x 3 VR experiences will be showcased at SXSW2024 this spring in Austin, Texas.

All three VR films that East City Films produced and created with the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will be exhibited as part of the VR spotlight at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

This is a chance to see:

WalkToWesterbork directed by Mary Matheson, and featuring incredible Holocaust survivor Rodi Glass, and a story set in Holland and France. Walk to Westerbork is a story of luck, defiance and love for family. Showing the capacity of the human spirit to not only survive but thrive.

EscapeToShanghai directed by Charlotte Mikkelborg, is the story of Doris Fogel and her mother’s escape from Nazi Germany to Shanghai, China. Doris sheds light on a lesser-known, but important part of the Holocaust never to be forgotten. Escape to Shanghai captures the fierce perseverance of Doris and her family as refugees fighting for survival.

LettersFromDrancy directed by Darren Emerson, is the story of Marion Deichmann as she recounts her daring childhood journey across the borders of Northern Europe during WW2 with her mother Alice, her painful separation from her mother, her escape from the Nazis with the help of the French Resistance in Paris, and her survival of D-Day in Normandy.

#SXSWpanel!  Rodi Glass and Marion Deichmann, two of the Holocaust survivors featured in the film, will be taking part in a special panel alongside East City Films and the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center talking about the journey of making these films, and the importance of using new technologies to secure these stories are told to generations to come.

David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies VR series nominated for the Motion Picture Sound Editors 71st Annual Golden Reel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing

Very excited to share that David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies 3-part VR series has just been nominated for the Motion Picture Sound Editors 71st Annual Golden Reel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing, in the Non-Theatrical Documentary Category.

Discover how insects, reptiles and birds escape the grips of gravity and take to the skies in this immersive series. The series will take you on a journey through the astonishing 300-million-year dynasty of flight in exceptional 3D 180 VR shot in 8k at 60fps and spatial sound. Available now on Meta Quest.


Our Head of Audio Experience Oliver Kadel at the DOK Leipzig Exchange XR Conference in Germany doing a keynote presentation on Spatial Audio for Augmented Reality

We’ll cover the general approach to sound design for AR. We’ll look at the case study, the recent Apple Design Awards finalist: covering the authoring for hardware device playback vs binaural audio on headphones, balancing the sense of realism and authenticity with the entertainment factor and mitigating the differences in scale between the visuals and sound, and we’ll touch on how AI machine learning starting to shape the personalised listening experience.

“DOK Exchange is DOK Leipzig’s networking and inspiration programme on interactive and immersive storytelling with a focus on XR works and the community’s sustainable development.”

Please come to say hello if you’re attending and interested in these topics.

For more information visit ->

📢 SXSW 2024 Panel Picker “State of Play of Immersive Audio: Past, Present & Future”

It’s been almost six years since we started the Immersive Audio Podcast and as we are coming up to our 100th release anniversary we wanted to mark this milestone with a special edition at SXSW 2024.

With the hindsight of releasing almost 100 episodes, we’ve met a lot of companies and experts covering a broad spectrum of topics fundamental to our industry. This panel will highlight the key indicative developments that have defined the immersive audio industry for the past decade, reflect on the current trends and look forward to the future. Our four expert guests and moderators Audioscenic Limited, HOLOPLOT, 1.618 DIGITAL, Monica Bolles will cover the key sectors: large-scale immersive events, interactive live performance, spatial audio for consumer devices, virtual training for VR and immersive media production.

Industry friends and regular podcast listeners please support our idea and give us your vote!

Voting link ->

The panel will be recorded and subsequently released on our podcast channel.

We’ve just published a paper on Audio for Extended Realities for the Convergence in The International Journal of Research Into New Media Technologies, SAGE Publication.

Creative and technical development of immersive audio is often a function of evolving toolsets and distribution platforms, and the associated workflow is far from standardised. This paper forms the context for such audio workflow – one that draws from precursor technologies such as audio for games and virtual reality and develops this into an outline taxonomy that is representative of the state of the art, and forward facing towards the evolution of the technology.

The paper features a series of case studies based on multiple documentary series as the virtual reality and mixed reality experiences by Sir David Attenborough: Museum Alive, Micro Monsters, First Life VR, Museum Alive AR and Kingdom of Plants produced by Alchemy Immersive, Atlantic Productions and Zoo VFX – the body of works I’ve been proudly involved with as a supervising 3D Sound Designer and Mixer over the past several years as part of 1.618 DIGITAL.

We want to say a big thanks to my co-author and principal editor Professor Justin Paterson for his immense contribution to this publication. Special mention to an incredible team at Alchemy: Elliot Graves, Richard Lester, Lou Doye, Iona McEwan, Bhaumik Patel, Ceri Passmore and many more…

Audio for extended realities: A case study informed exposition ->

All of the mentioned VR content is available to watch on Meta Quest ->

1.618 Digital To Present at Digital Catapult’s Surroundscapes Showcase

We are excited to announce that 1.618 Digital will be one of the six companies chosen from all over the UK to present our work and projects at Surroundscape next week.

Surroundscape is organised by Digital Catapult in collaboration with the BPI, and aims to showcase the amazing work being done with immersive audio, presented by some of the most innovative companies across the country. The event is scheduled for 17th of July, and you can register your interest to attend using the link below.

To learn more about the projects we goign to be presenting check out link sbelow:

We hope to see you there!

1.618 Digital Team

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