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Immersive Audio Podcast Episode 48 – Andy Slator

Summary

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel and Bjørn Jacobsen are joined by sound artist and disability advocate – Andy Slater from Chicago, US.

Andy Slater is a Chicago based media artist and disability advocate. He is the founder of the Society of Visually Impaired Sound Artists and director of the Sound As Sight accessible field recording project. His current work features the sounds of antiquated assistive technology, field recordings, spatial audio design for virtual and augmented reality, video games, and films. He works with analogue and FM synthesis in his sound design process with a lean towards retro-futurism, Classic sci-fi and video game sound, and blurry analogue tape charm. Andy has a masters in Sound Arts and Industries from Northwestern University and holds a BFA from the School Of the Art Institute of Chicago.

In this episode, Andy shares his unique journey full of frustrating battles and success stories. You will hear excerpts of Andy’s conceptual artwork and find out about his mission of making the world of audio tech for blind and visually impaired people more accessible.

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Show Notes

Dear VR Micro Plugin  – https://www.dearvr.com/products/dearvr-micro

EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid – https://www.eposaudio.com/en/gb/gaming/products/gtw-270-hybrid-low-latency-connection-bluetooth-gaming-headset-1000230

Andy Slater Website – https://www.thisisandyslater.net/

Shure Motiv Recording App – https://www.shure.com/en-GB/products/software/shure_plus_motiv

Microsoft Soundscape – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/product/soundscape/

Apogee  MetaRecorder App – https://apogeedigital.com/products/metarecorder

The Last of Us – https://www.naughtydog.com/blog/the_last_of_us_part_ii

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Credits

This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel and Emma Rees and included music by Rhythm Scott.

Immersive Audio Podcast Episode 47 – Asbjoern Andersen (A Sound Effect)

Summary

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel and Bjørn Jacobsen are joined by the founder of A Sound Effect –  Asbjoern Andersen from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Asbjoern Andersen is the founder of A Sound Effect (asoundeffect.com), the world’s largest site for independent sound effects, and is also the co-creator of Soundlister.com, featuring portfolios of thousands of audio professionals from around the world. Along with his team, he also runs the Audio Jobs newsletter and Audio Jobs groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.

In this episode, Asbjoern tells us how he built the biggest independent sound effects marketplace in the world along with an entire ecosystem of practical resources for audio professionals. We also discuss MPEG-H Authoring Suite and the role of the sound designer in the AAA Game development set-up.

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Show Notes

EBU – https://www.ebu.ch/home

Fraunhofer MPEG-H Authoring Suite – https://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/en/ff/amm/dl/software/mas.html

Asbjoern Andersen – https://www.linkedin.com/in/aandersen

A Sound Effect – https://www.asoundeffect.com

A Sound Effect Podcast – https://www.asoundeffect.com/podcast

Soundlister – https://soundlister.com/

CyberPunk – https://www.cyberpunk.net/gb/en/

Eve Valkyrie – https://www.evevalkyrie.com/

Audio Podcast Alliance – https://www.asoundeffect.com/audio-podcast-alliance/

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We thank you kindly in advance!

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Credits

This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel and Emma Rees and included music by Rhythm Scott.

Immersive Audio Podcast Episode 46 – Alan Sallabank (8dB Sound)

Summary

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel and Bjørn Jacobsen are joined by Dubbing Mixer and owner of 8dB Sound – Alan Sallabank from Bristol, UK.

Alan Sallabank is a sound engineer with over three decades of professional experience in post-production. From an early age, he has been fascinated by the power of sound to communicate a story, be it musically or spoken, factual or scripted. He has built his own equipment, designed and built mix rooms and foley/ADR facilities, and developed workflows. Whenever new equipment or software arrives, he is always looking at how it can be made to do more than it says on the tin.

Since 2013 Alan has run and owned 8dB Sound – an independent post-production facility, now located near Bristol, UK. He specialises in immersive digital audio and remote workflow, but still has a very weak spot for classic seventies turntables.

In this episode, Alan shares his experience on best practice for remote working and collaboration for audio as well as the evolution of immersive audio in traditional broadcast and TV media.

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Show Notes

Alan Sallabank

https://www.linkedin.com/in/alan-sallabank-a232676/?originalSubdomain=uk

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0758521/

8dB Sound – www.8dB.co.uk

Sony 360 Reality Audio – https://www.sony.net/Products/create360RA/?j-short=create360RA&utm_source=website&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=AudioFutures

Source Connect – https://www.source-elements.com/products/source-connect/

Source Elements – https://www.source-elements.com/

Audio Podcast Alliance – https://www.asoundeffect.com/audio-podcast-alliance/

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Credits

This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel and Emma Rees and included music by Rhythm Scott.

Immersive Audio Podcast Episode 45 – Guillaume Le Nost (L-Acoustics)

Summary

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel is joined by Executive Director, and Creative Technologist at L-Acoustics Guillaume Le Nost via Zoom  from London, UK.

Driven by a passion for sound and technology, Guillaume has built a career in both the artistic and technical domains.

After getting two MScs in electrical engineering and signal processing from Ecole Centrale Paris and IRCAM, he started a research career in 3D sound, and received a PhD in Acoustics. He then performed as a professional rock musician and managed an indie music label before going on to co-found the start-up AudioGaming, a pioneer in audio synthesis technologies and French Ministry of Research award-winner.

He joined the L‑Acoustics R&D department in France in 2009 where he led projects on acoustic measurement and simulation, and developed new signal processing algorithms for integration into L‑Acoustics software and amplified controllers. Guillaume moved to London in 2012 to head the company’s research efforts into immersive audio for live sound. Since then, L-ISA object-based audio technology has been deployed in more than 5000 live shows, from clubs to arenas across the world, with artists such as Aerosmith, Lady Gaga, Bon Iver, Alt-J, or the BBC Proms.

In this episode, Guillaume talks about how the live sound industry is undergoing a quiet revolution by adapting immersive audio and how their latest L-ISA technology empowers sound engineers to break through long standing conventions.

The binaural audio excerpt by Molecule from the Acousmatic 360 tour, performed live at “Printemps de Bourges” with a 12.1 system. The spatialization is done in real-time using L-ISA by a live mixing engineer Herve Dejardin.

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Show Notes

L-Acoustics – https://www.l-acoustics.com

L-ISA – https://l-isa-immersive.com/

L-ISA Controller – https://www.l-acoustics.com/fr/produit/l-isa-controller/

L-Acoustics Soundvision – https://www.l-acoustics.com/en/software/soundvision-presentation/

We Make Events Initiative – https://www.wemakeevents.com/

Owl Project – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/marser/owl-programmable-effects-pedal

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Credits

This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel and Michelle Chan with the help of Emma Rees and included music by Knobs Bergamo.

Immersive Audio Podcast Episode 42 – Kedar Shashidhar

Summary

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel is joined by technical sound designer and XR evangelist Kedar Shashidhar via Zoom from LA, US.

Kedar Shashidhar is an XR creator with a focus on spatial audio design and technologies. With a focus on creative research and development, he has worked to help develop new tools, create content, and explore the boundaries of audio in new realities. Most notably he has contributed to the development of various audio toolsets including Steam Audio, Ossic, and Magic Leap Soundfield Audio. He also formed an indie game studio, Blackout VR, focused on developing audio-only games. Kedar is also an active voice for audio in new realities having previously spoken at Audio Engineering Society, GameSoundCon, Indiecade, and more. In his time at Magic Leap, Kedar was working on bringing the newest innovations in mixed reality audio to content creators in order to continue pushing the boundaries of what is possible for audio in new realities. Currently, Kedar is working on the next generation of virtual venues and concerts in XR with Stage XR.

In this episode, Kedar speaks candidly about his time at Steam Audio, Ossic and Magic Leap, whilst sharing insights on cutting edge tool development for spatial audio and gives personal advice on how to keep high-level creativity and performance whilst maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

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Show Notes

Kedar Shashidhar – https://www.linkedin.com/in/kedarshashidhar/

Immersive Audio Podcast Episode 28 – Audio For Augmented Reality – https://www.1618digital.com/immersive-audio-podcast-episode-28-audio-for-augmented-reality/

Steam Audio – https://valvesoftware.github.io/steam-audio/

Ossic – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/248983394/ossic-x-the-first-3d-audio-headphones-calibrated-t

Magic Leap – https://www.magicleap.com/en-us

Immersive Audio Podcast – Episode 4 Sally-Anne Kellaway – https://www.1618digital.com/immersive-audio-podcast-episode-4-sally-anne-kellaway/

Magic Leap Soundfield Audio – https://developer.magicleap.com/en-us/learn/guides/lumin-sdk-soundfield-audio

AirPods Pro – https://apple.co/3kOCO6h

Royal Shakespeare Experience – https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/magic-leap-seven-ages-of-man

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Credits

This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel and Michelle Chan with the help of Emma Rees and included music by Knobs Bergamo.

Immersive Audio Podcast Episode 41 – Charles Spence (University of Oxford)

Summary

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel is joined by world-famous experimental psychologist and Professor at the University of Oxford – Charles Spence via Zoom from Oxford, UK.

Professor Charles Spence is a world-famous experimental psychologist with a specialization in neuroscience-inspired multisensory design. He has worked with many of the world’s largest companies across the globe since establishing the Crossmodal Research Laboratory (CRL) at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University in 1997. Prof. Spence has published over 900 academic articles and edited or authored, 15 books including, in 2014, the Prose prize-winning “The perfect meal”, and the international bestseller “Gastrophysics: The new science of eating” (2017; Penguin Viking) – winner of the 2019 Le Grand Prix de la Culture Gastronomique from Académie Internationale de la Gastronomie.

In this episode, Charles opens up about the world of multisensory design focusing on how sound affects our perception of taste and much more.

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Charles Spence Extended Bio

Much of Prof. Spence’s work focuses on the design of enhanced multisensory food and drink experiences, through collaborations with chefs, baristas, mixologists, chocolatiers, perfumers, and the food and beverage, and flavour and fragrance industries. Prof. Spence has worked extensively in the world of multisensory experiential wine and has also worked extensively on the question of how technology will transform our dining/drinking experiences in the future.

The research conducted at the Crossmodal Research Laboratory in Oxford has garnered widespread media attention across the globe, including in The Economist (February 4-10th, 2012, p. 74), and The Financial Times (3rd June, 2013, p. 14; http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/6bc0fa04-c175-11e2-9767-00144feab7de.html#axzz2VEbNyXiR) and has been profiled in The New Yorker (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/11/02/accounting-for-taste). Over the last decade alone, Prof. Spence and the CRL have been featured in more than 3,000 newspaper articles, radio interviews, and television programs.

Prof. Spence frequently delivers consumer neuroscience lectures and courses to global companies, and business schools and schools of business administration, such as at Los Andes, Rosario University, and Javariana University in Colombia, the Saïd Business School, Oxford, and the Singapore Business School.

Prof. Spence has been awarded numerous national and international prizes for scientific excellence, including the 10th Experimental Psychology Society Prize, the British Psychology Society: Cognitive Section Award, the Paul Bertelson Award, recognizing him as the young European Cognitive Psychologist of the Year, and, the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany): ‘in recognition of past accomplishments in research and teaching’. In 2008, together with Dr. Max Zampini, he was awarded the 2008 IG Nobel prize for nutrition for his work on ‘the sonic crisp’

Show Notes

Charles Spence – Sensploration (FoST 2016) – https://vimeo.com/170509976

Accounting for Taste How packaging can make food more flavorful – http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/11/02/accounting-for-taste

“The Perfect Meal” | Talks at Google – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgUVjKsP_wc

Heston Blumenthal – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heston_Blumenthal

Fat Duck – https://thefatduck.co.uk/

ASMR – https://www.1618digital.com/immersive-audio-podcast-episode-11-asmr-the-feeling-of-sound

AEG Tasteology – http://www.aeg.co.uk/taste/inspiration/tasteology/

Neurocuisine, The Guardian – https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/video/2016/may/23/neuro-cuisine-exploring-the-science-of-flavour-video

Multisensory Experience and Coffee – Reco Symposium – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVKabsudi1I

Unexpected connections – pleasure and pain: Charles Spence at TEDx UHasselt – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVt-QrNFZso

Entomophagy in our world, TEDx City University London – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQEX-kMpz-4

Spence LSE Gastrophysics talk – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB_B9hfsNXI

Spence Going Underground TV – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56e5UZJreg0

For multisensory packaging video, see – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV3SRKFpEsg

Nuffield Triannual Food Conference – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePguEqCJ7Ks

Taste of General Mills Podcast, Making food your five senses will love – http://www.blog.generalmills.com/2016/09/podcast-making-food-your-five-senses-will-love/

Chef Jozef Youssef – http://kitchen-theory.com/staff-member/jozef-youssef/

Charles Spence Book “Gastro Physics” – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gastrophysics-Science-Eating-Charles-Spence/dp/0241977746/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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Credits

This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel and Michelle Chan with the help of Emma Rees and included music by Knobs Bergamo.

Immersive Audio Podcast Episode 40 – Bruce Wiggins & Duncan Werner (University of Derby & GASP)

Summary

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel is joined by senior academics of University of Derby Dr Bruce Wiggins and Duncan Werner via Zoom from Derbyshire, UK.

Dr Bruce Wiggins graduated with a 1st class honours in Music Technology and Audio System Design from the University of Derby in 1999.  His interest in audio signal processing spurred him to continue at Derby completing his PhD entitled “An Investigation into the Real-time Manipulation and Control of 3D Sound Fields” in 2004 where he solved the problem of generating Ambisonic decoders for irregular speaker arrays and looked at the optimisation of binaural/transaural systems.  Bruce’s research into Ambisonics has been featured as an impact case study in the national Research Excellence Framework in 2014 and will be again in 2021.  His latest work is based around the auralisation of rooms to very high order Ambisonics with head-tracking.

Duncan Werner graduated from Aston University in Electrical/Electronic Engineering in the late seventies, but as a keen musician moved towards the music industry gaining work as a recording and touring musician in the UK and Europe, subsequently being employed by the London-based Chrysalis Music Group as studio sound engineer. This was followed by postgraduate Music Technology studies at City University London. Research interests include immersive music production, in particular the GASP system (Guitars with Ambisonic Spatial Performance) based at the University of Derby. He has been programme leader for BSc Music Technology since its inception in 1995 and is currently Programme Leader for MA Music Production.

In this episode, we dive into the collaborative project GASP (Guitars with Ambisonic Spatial Performance), discuss the Sound in Space Symposium, and current research projects for immersive audio.

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Show Notes

University of Derby – https://www.derby.ac.uk/

Sound in Space – http://soundsinspace.co.uk/

Bruce Wiggins Academic Profile – http://www.derby.ac.uk/staff/bruce-wiggins

Bruce Wiggins Website – http://www.brucewiggins.co.uk/

GASP Website – Guitars with Ambisonic Spatial Performance – http://gaspproject.xyz/

GASP Paper – http://gaspproject.xyz/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/GASP-paper-for-Innovation-in-Music.pdf

VLC Player – https://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.en-GB.html

AmbiFreeverb 2 – https://www.researchgate.net/publication/289958469_AmbiFreeverb_2_WigWare_-_Sounds_in_Space_2015

https://derby.openrepository.com/handle/10545/618606

Measured Reverbs for Ambisonics and VR – https://www.brucewiggins.co.uk/?page_id=881

Webcam Head-tracked Ambisonics (WHAM) – https://brucewiggins.co.uk/WHAM

Cat Fantastic Mix 1 (comparison mix)

CatFantasticAmbiX3rdOrder: http://gaspproject.xyz/gaspaudio/CatFantasticAmbiX3rdOrder.wav

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/111035420660669/videos/904591106728398/

HOAST: https://hoast.iem.at/play/cat_fantastic_o3

Cat Fantastic Mix 1: applies post-production timbral morphing and dynamic spatialisation. This is the first GASP binaural demo track in the podcast; the original ‘raw’ guitar is at the beginning which then morphs through timbral and spatial variations up to around 1.10 when the raw guitar returns. Performed by Jack Hooley, production by Duncan Werner and Emma Fitzmaurice. The recording has no overdubs, that is, the final production is derived from one single guitar performance. Post-production included experimenting with ‘timbral morphing’, where multiple versions of each string, each with different timbres were printed on time-synchronized parallel tracks, thus allowing crossfading between individual string timbres, then mixing together the respective tracks. The timbral morphing works well and we have now developed templates for real-time timbral morphing for live performance applications.

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Pale Aura (comparison mix)

PaleAuraAmbiX2ndOrderComparisonMix.wav: http://gaspproject.xyz/gaspaudio/PaleAuraAmbiX2ndOrderComparisonMix.wav

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GASP-Guitars-with-Ambisonic-Spatial-Performance-111035420660669/

HOAST: https://hoast.iem.at/play/pale_aura_comparison_o2

Pale Aura: performed by Dominic Dallali, production by Jack Hooley and Dominic Dallali. This is the first GASP binaural demo track in the podcast; the original ‘raw’ guitar is at the beginning which then morphs through timbral and spatial variations up to around 1.10 when the raw guitar returns. The recording has no overdubs, that is, the final production is derived from one single guitar performance. This track is the guitar part of the song Pale Aura by the band Periphery; it is in the genre of progressive metal. It turned out to be quite a dramatic production, with rapid changes in location for close temporal events. The guitar part consists of some highly syncopated timing elements, which have been mapped to rapid location switching. There is a good range of amp distortion timbres employed for different parts of the performance. A low kick drum was included to provide the listener with a sense of meter as the guitar performance which includes several syncopated elements.

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Prelude to Life (comparison mix)

PreludeToLifeAmbiX2ndOrderComparisonMix.wav

http://gaspproject.xyz/gaspaudio/PreludeToLifeAmbiX2ndOrderComparisonMix.wav

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/111035420660669/videos/637100453564316/

HOAST: https://hoast.iem.at/play/prelude_to_life_comparison_o2

Prelude to Life: composed and performed by Fred T Baker, production by Charlie Box and Duncan Werner. This is the first GASP binaural demo track in the podcast; the original ‘raw’ guitar is at the beginning which then morphs through timbral and spatial variations up to around 1.10 when the raw guitar returns. The recording has no overdubs, that is, the final production is derived from one single guitar performance. Post-production timbralisation is a mix of both NI Guitar Rig and instrument samples. Melodyne’s pitch to MIDI conversion was applied, the MIDI note events were then arranged to trigger various instrument samples e.g. orchestral strings with other sampled and synthetic sounds. Upon reflection, the timing of pitch to MIDI conversion worked very well, such that the nuances of the guitar performance are precisely captured.

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GASP is ‘Guitars with Ambisonic Spatial Performance’. The project is the design, realisation, and application of a spatial-audio guitar production system; it is aimed towards guitarists, music producers and spatial-audio sound designers. GASP is an ongoing University of Derby research project, where our interest in Ambisonic algorithmic research and guitar sound production is combined with off-the-shelf hardware and bespoke software to create an Ambisonic based immersive guitar sound system. Applications include:

Live performance as an immersive spatial sound instrument, either as a solo instrument or as part of an ensemble, for both small or large format theatre or concert systems

Audio post-production immersive sound for on-line spatial audio applications such as YouTube and Facebook 360, including Virtual Reality applications

Guitar performance analysis and tuition tool, where on-screen displays enable identification of notation and performance artefacts which provide feedback to the player

A research tool for performative applications, with significant potential for use in the Sound Arts world

We’ve recently set up a GASP page: www.gaspproject.xyz which includes links to some of our example demo GASP productions, as well as the project timeline, posters and includes our paper ‘Development of an Ambisonic Guitar System’ which was presented to ‘Innovation in Music’  conference at the University of West London in December 2019, it’s due for publication by Routledge as a book chapter sometime in 2021. https://www.routledge.com/Innovation-in-Music-Future-Opportunities/Hepworth-Sawyer-Paterson-Toulson/p/book/9780367363352

Dring, M., Wiggins, B. (2019)  The Transparency of Binaural Auralisation Using Very High Order Circular Harmonics.  Reproduced Sound 2019 – Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics, p165-173, Vol. 41. Pt. 3 2019, Bristol, UK

Wiggins, B., Dring, M., (2016) AmbiFreeVerb 2—Development of a 3D Ambisonic Reverb with Spatial Warping and Variable Scattering.  2016 AES International Conference on Sound Field Control.  University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.

Wiggins, B. (2017) Measured Reverbs for Ambisonics and VR.  Sounds in Space Research Symposium 2017, Derby, UK. (Video)

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Credits

This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel and Michelle Chan with the help of Emma Rees and included music by Knobs Bergamo.

Immersive Audio Podcast Episode 39 – Helen Bellringer (Solarflare Studio)

Summary

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel is joined by the creative lead at Solarflare Studio Helen Bellringer via Zoom from London, UK.

Helen is a Creative Director, specialising in the dynamic intersection where technology, humans and music meet. Having cut her teeth at MelodyVR, where she developed their original storytelling formats she now leads creative for Solarflare Studio, a pioneering creative technology agency.

In this episode, Helen talks about the importance of sonic branding, the challenges of delivering immersive music to a mass audience touching on a number of unique projects and sharing her professional career journey as she traversed creative industries.

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Show Notes

Helen Bellringer Profile – https://the-dots.com/users/helen-bellringer-604810

Grand Central Studios –  https://www.gcrs.com/

Massive Music – https://www.massivemusic.com/en

Melody VR – https://melodyvr.com/

Solarflare Studio – https://solarflarestudio.co.uk/

Wireless Festival – https://www.wirelessfestival.co.uk/

Music Discovery Month – https://the-dots.com/projects/music-discovery-month-378914

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Credits

This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel and Michelle Chan with the help of Emma Rees and included music by Knobs Bergamo.

Immersive Audio Podcast Episode 38 – Chris Pike (BBC R&D)

Summary

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel is joined by the lead R&D audio engineer at the BBC Chris Pike via Zoom from London, UK.

Chris leads the audio team in BBC R&D and the BBC Audio Research Partnership. He is passionate about using technology innovation to enable new creative possibilities in sound production and storytelling. Chris has led the BBC’s work on spatial audio for several years, which has led to productions on major brands such as Doctor Who, Planet Earth II and the BBC Proms. He was director of sound on the BBC’s first public VR app, The Turning Forest, and worked with Björk to create an augmented reality audio guide for her exhibition at MoMA in New York. As part of his role at the BBC, Chris is active in standardisation bodies, working to ensure open interoperable technology for spatial audio production. He’s also completed a PhD with the Audio Lab at the University of York during his work at BBC R&D, on binaural technology and its perceptual evaluation. His thesis is available online.

In this episode, Chris talks about research and development work at the BBC, touching on a number of exciting projects, a collaboration between the industry and academia and his personal journey whilst completing a PhD program.

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Show Notes

Chris Pike Profile – https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/people/chris-pike

BBC R&D Audio Research – https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/work_streams/audio-research

Audio Research Partnership – https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/projects/audio-research-partnership

S3A Spatial Audio – http://www.s3a-spatialaudio.org/

VISR- Versatile Interactive Scene Renderer Framework – https://www.s3a-spatialaudio.org/visr

Sounding Special: Doctor Who in Binaural Sound – https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/blog/2017-05-doctor-who-in-binaural-sound

Björk’s Songlines and VR album – https://www.thirdspace.co/innovation

The EBU’s Next-Generation Audio – https://tech.ebu.ch/nga

Pike, Christopher William (2019) Evaluating the Perceived Quality of Binaural Technology. PhD thesis, University of York – http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/24022/

Audio Orchestrator Tool –  https://www.bbc.co.uk/makerbox/tools/audio-orchestrator

BBC Together – https://www.bbc.co.uk/taster/pilots/bbc-together

Sounds Amazing 2020: Celebrating Innovation in Audio – Day 1 – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sounds-amazing-2020-celebrating-innovation-in-audio-day-one-tickets-113794155382

Sounds Amazing 2020: Celebrating Innovation in Audio – Day 2 – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sounds-amazing-2020-celebrating-innovation-in-audio-day-two-tickets-113796191472

Sounds Amazing 2020: Celebrating Innovation in Audio – Day 3 – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sounds-amazing-2020-celebrating-innovation-in-audio-day-three-tickets-113797033992

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Immersive Audio Podcast Episode 37 – Matt Neutra (Bose)

Summary

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel is joined by Matt Neutra from Bose via Zoom from Boston, US.

Matt Neutra creates unique prototype experiences that are used as the stepping stones for production-ready experiences for retail and beyond. Since 2005 he has been responsible for product demonstrations that make their way to retail locations around the world. Matt’s primary responsibilities include the oversight and development of the diverse tools and workflows used to create world-class sensory experiences.

Matt scours the earth for the tools that will enable the impossible. When the tools don’t exist, they have to be created. Matt often has to manage external vendors to define and create these new tools. Matt’s goal in life is to never be the smartest person in the room, question everything in the pursuit of deeper understanding and get work done with joy and enthusiasm.

In this episode, Matt talks about two decades of working at Bose Corporation, Bose AR platform, unique features of Mach1 Spatial Audio System and the current market landscape of immersive audio formats.

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Show Notes

Bose – https://www.bose.co.uk/en_gb/index.html

Richard Neutra – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Neutra

Amar Bose – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amar_Bose

SoundWear Companion – https://www.bose.co.uk/en_gb/products/speakers/portable_speakers/soundwear-companion.html#v=soundwear_companion_black

Bose Frames – https://www.bose.co.uk/en_gb/products/frames.html?mc=05_PS_FR_BO_00_GO_&&mc=mc=05_PS_FR_BO_00_GO_&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwMHc6efE6QIVFuDtCh3ZVQzjEAAYASAAEgJIrvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Mach1 Audio System – https://www.mach1.tech/

Detour – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.detour.detour&hl=en_GB

Discover Surroundscapes: Harnessing the power of sound in immersive – https://www.digicatapult.org.uk/activities/event/discover-the-power-of-immersive-sound-surroundscapes

Raindance Festival – https://www.raindance.org/

Tribeca Festival – https://tribecafilm.com/

SXSW – https://www.sxsw.com/

Beat Saber – https://www.oculus.com/experiences/quest/2448060205267927/?locale=en_GB

Super Natural – https://www.oculus.com/blog/introducing-supernatural-a-fun-new-way-to-stay-fit-in-vr/?locale=en_GB

Traverse – https://www.traverse.fm/

The Star Wars Bose AR Experience – https://bosearapps.bose.com/promotedApps/25H8k8RWHFDPo77BBRD5KI

The Star Wars app | Enhanced with Bose AR – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scKtLEkdq8A

Discover more Bose AR experiences – https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/headphones.html

Immersive Audio Podcast Episode 36 – Mirek Stiles (Abbey Road Studios) – https://www.1618digital.com/immersive-audio-podcast-episode-36-mirek-stiles-abbey-road-studios/

Capitol Records – https://www.capitolrecords.com/

Q department – http://qdepartment.com/

Sony 360 Reality Audio – https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/360-reality-audio

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