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

Immersive Audio Podcast Episode 43 – Krotos (Audio Software for Creative Minds)

Summary

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel is talking to the innovative sound technology company Krotos whose mission is to improve the way sound is designed and performed.

The Founder and CEO – Orfeas Boteas and General Manager Matt Collings dive deep into the creation of the company and software development, along with our guest speakers Mark Lanza and Bjørn Jacobsen sharing their unique perspective on how Krotos tools can enhance creativity when designing audio for films and games.

Orfeas Boteas is the founder and CEO of Krotos. Krotos’ audio software has been used in top films, series and video games such as The Avengers, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, Jungle Book, Frozen, Cyberpunk and Far Cry. Previous to founding Krotos he worked in post-production, music composition and location sound. He holds a BSc in Music Technology and Acoustics and an MSc in Sound Design from the University of Edinburgh. He was a Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellow and received two Edge awards for his work at Krotos.

Matthew Collings has successfully led prototyping and project managed the development of Krotos’ major software projects due to be released in recent years: Weaponiser, Dehumaniser Live, Reformer and Reformer Pro. He has worked for Krotos since 2015, driving the technical development of the company, and as a board member. As a composer, he has produced projects for the 50th Design Biennial in Ljubljana, Slovenia (2014), Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Art (2014), Gaudeamus Musikweek in Utrecht (2015), and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Mark A. Lanza MPSE is a sound designer and supervisor for Sony Pictures Television, he has worked for major studios as well as several prominent independent sound facilities. He has crafted sound for many directors including Oliver Stone, James Cameron, Bryan Singer, and Phillip Noyce. His 250+ credits cover the gamut from Sci-Fi blockbusters like Independence Day and Starship Troopers to Natural Born Killers and True Lies. He has won a Bafta award for his work on JFK, and he took home a Hollywood Post Alliance award for his supervision for the Grimm TV series. He has over 30 MPSE nominations and a win for Phillip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. He is also the President of the Motion Picture Sound Editors, on the board of directors for EIPMA, and on the Executive Steering Committee for the Television Academy.

Bjørn Jacobsen is a sound designer coming from an electronic music background, he currently runs his own studio from Copenhagen Denmark called Cujo Sound from where he works on numerous game audio projects and recently finished the very well-received indie game DARQ and working on titles such as The Settlers, Divinity Fallen Heroes, The Ascent, Straits of Danger and more.  Previously Bjorn has been working in-house at AAA studios such as CD PROJEKT RED, IO Interactive, Sharkmob and CCP Games, having been able to work on great titles such as Cyberpunk 2077, HITMAN, EVE Online, EVE Valkyrie and some unannounced and prototype projects.

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Show Notes

Krotos – https://www.krotosaudio.com/

Orfeas Boteas – https://www.linkedin.com/in/orfeas-boteas-0b779740/?originalSubdomain=uk

Matt Collings – https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-collings-95a78029/

Dehumaniser 2 – https://www.krotosaudio.com/products/dehumaniser2/

Reformer – https://www.krotosaudio.com/products/reformer-pro/

Weaponiser – https://www.krotosaudio.com/weaponiser-3/

Igniter – https://www.krotosaudio.com/igniter/

Concept – https://www.krotosaudio.com/concept/

Krotos Sound Libraries – https://www.krotosaudio.com/shop/libraries/

Mark Lanza – https://www.sonypicturesstudios.com/bio/marklanza.php

Motion Picture Sound Editors – https://www.mpse.org/

Bjorn Jacobsen – https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1327187/

Cujo Sound – https://www.cujo.dk/

Krotos For Education – https://www.krotosaudio.com/educational-discount-for-sound-design-and-audio-students/

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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 Isaac Joel, Yung Koolade and 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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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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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 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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Immersive Audio Podcast Episode 35 – Ana Monte & Daniel Deboy (DELTA Soundworks)

Summary

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel is joined by the DELTA Soundworks co-founders Daniel Deboy and Ana Monte via Skype from Heidelberg, Germany.

DELTA Soundworks is a sound production agency in the Rhein-Neckar delta region of Germany. With vast experience in 3D audio techniques, they create immersive sonic environments that place the listener inside the story, adding value to all kinds of visual media productions.

Ana Monte studied “Music Industry and Technology” at the California State University in Chico and “Film sound and Sound design” at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, bringing her experience as sound designer and film industry contacts into the team. For her work as a sound designer, Ana has received diverse sound awards including “Best Sound Design in a Drama Series” at the LA Webfest and a “Best Sound” nomination from the LA Film Review.

Daniel Deboy is a sound engineer graduate of the Graz University of Technology and brings his Know-How and experience in 3D Audio and Music Production into the team. Daniel was honoured for his fundamental research in the field of 3D sound reproduction with the “Student Award” of the German Acoustical Society DEGA. For his music recordings, he received gold, silver and bronze awards by the Audio Engineering Society.

In this episode, they discuss a few of their projects such as The Stanford Virtual Heart and mysterious VR game Blautopf, their favourite audio production techniques for immersive media and dome as well as their involvement with the Audio Engineering Society.

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Show Notes

Company website – https://deltasoundworks.com

Facebook –  www.facebook.com/deltasoundworks

Instagram –  @deltasoundworks

Heidelberg, Town in Germany – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heidelberg

LightHAUS  – https://www.lighthaus.us/

The Stanford Virtual Heart – https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/innovation/virtual-reality/stanford-virtual-heart

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW1EMBVmAW4

Creating The Intricate Sounds For The Stanford VirtualHearty – For Science – https://www.asoundeffect.com/science-sound-design/

Spatial Audio Forum Event – https://www.abbeyroad.com/news/spatial-audio-forum-at-imperial-college-london-2622

Photogrammetry – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photogrammetry

Blautopf VR – Geheimnis der Lau Steam – https://store.steampowered.com/app/1089860/Blautopf_VR__Geheimnis_der_Lau/

Blautopf VR – Geheimnis der Lau | SWR Wissen – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_NmZQeiCxY

Blautopf VR – Geheimnis der Lau Review & Gameplay – Free To Play Game on Steam – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-CQ0ZH9ZRA

Dear Reality – https://www.dearvr.com/

Resonance Audio – https://resonance-audio.github.io/resonance-audio/

LIVE Trailer – https://vimeo.com/398048122?fbclid=IwAR0FoCeF8rwN29h3OdskGuFoeNnMYknElnJ3RDaMwpc_eAScnpwseEAS65c

Dolby Atmos – https://www.dolby.com/us/en/brands/dolby-atmos.html

Experimenta Heilbronn Scinece Dome Official Website – https://www.experimenta.science/en/

Experimenta Science Dome Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMy9pzpQ22A

AES Vienna 2020 – http://www.aes.org/events/148

FMX  2020 – https://fmx.de/home/

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Immersive Audio Podcast Episode 32 – Sonic Presence

 

Summary

This episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast is brought to you in partnership with our friends at Sonic Presence, the New York City-based wearable microphone start-up with a mission to democratize how immersive audio is recorded on the go.

Whether you’re a regular concert-goer or a Youtube content creator, it’s time to take mobile audio recording to the next level. Immersive Audio Podcast sat down with the Sonic Presence team to share the brand story and the product they created as well as hear from early adopters sharing their experience of using this technology.

In this episode, we’ll explore what goes into building a 3D microphone, how to make recording immersive audio more accessible, and the future of audio content creation.

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Guest Speakers

Russ Hamm, Co-Founder & President at Sonic Presence

Russ Hamm co-founded Sonic Presence in 2015 with the vision to improve the mobile sound recording, especially when paired with 4K mobile video. Russ has more than 40 years of experience with media technology, recording top musical artists, producing sound for films and developing leading-edge technology solutions. Russ founded Qmedia, a milestone provider that leveraged broadband opportunities for media customers using the newly built national fibre infrastructure, establishing network technology that is currently used by ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN and FOX. Prior to that, he collaborated with Bell Labs on large-scale digital systems for music and film and was president of Gotham Audio Corporation and G Prime Limited, a leading distributor of professional audio products. Hamm has led media industry engineering and technical organizations and twice received the Audio Engineering Society Board of Governors award for outstanding service. He is a member of the Recording Academy, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Chris Van Deusen, Co-Founder & Creative Director at Sonic Presence

Chris Van Deusen co-founded Sonic Presence in 2015 bringing 10+ years of graphics and web design experience to the startup. As Creative Director, he manages all company branding, develops print and digital media, ad copy and marketing assets. Van Deusen also contributes to product design and business development. Before Sonic Presence, Van Deusen was the Creative Director for Rainbow Broadband, where he oversaw all of the company’s marketing, PR, social media and website development. Van Deusen holds a degree for Communication Arts & Digital Media from Marymount Manhattan College. On the weekends Van Deusen plays the guitar and performs in the NYC-based rock band Animal Reporters.

Mike Dvorscak, Principal Sound Engineer at Sonic Presence

Mike Dvorscak joined Sonic Presence in late 2018 after a chance encounter at AES NY. As Principal Sound Engineer, Dvorscak plays a critical role in product development, acoustics research and prototype assembly. He also creates and edits video and sound compositions for the company’s online presence. Dvorscak has a degree in Audio Production and Engineering from SUNY Purchase and has performed on and/or produced a number of Indie pop records. In 2019, he founded Beachball Records – an indie record label based out of Brooklyn, NY.

Alex Hernandez, Marketing Consultant at Sonic Presence

Alex is an entrepreneur and designer based in Los Angeles with a background in AR/VR. He has focused on immersive technologies since 2015 and is currently working with Sonic Presence as a consultant for all things media-related.

 

David Solomon, Chief at Hi-Res Music Evangelist

David Solomon has been in the high-end audio field for three decades spanning almost every aspect. He’s a part-time musician and audio engineer and understands sound on many levels. Currently, David is launching his second Hi-Res streaming service: Qobuz. In 2014, he did the same for Tidal. David’s passion for music is deep and well known throughout the audio industry. David currently holds a board position on CTA’s audio board and consults with several well known audio companies.

 

David Weiss, Founder & Editor at SonicScoop 

David Weiss is Founder and Editor at SonicScoop, a leading online media company reporting on the music, sound and recording industry worldwide. An internationally published journalist, David Weiss has been covering audio production for Audio Media and Mix magazine since 1999. His work has appeared regularly in publications such as Drum!, Time Out New York, Remix and many more online/print outlets on music and technology. He is also co-author of the book Music Supervision: The Complete Guide to Selecting and Licensing Music & Sound Design for Media, published by Music Sales (2nd Edition, 2017). Visit the companion site at www.musicsupervision101.com. He is also the co-founder of www.thesonghunters.com, a song discovery service for music supervisors.

 

Jim Anderson, Recording Engineer & Producer at Anderson Audio New York

Jim Anderson is an internationally recognized recording engineer and producer of acoustic music for the recording, radio, television, and film industries. His music recordings have received eleven Grammy and Latin Grammy awards and 27 Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations; radio productions have received two George Foster Peabody Awards and television productions have received two Emmy nominations. In 2013 and 2018, Jim won the Grammy for Best Surround Album (Patricia Barber’s “Modern Cool” – 2013 – and Jane Ira Bloom’s “Early Americans” – 2018) and was nominated for Best Surround Album in 2014 with Jane Ira Bloom’s “Sixteen Sunsets.” A graduate of the Duquesne University School of Music in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jim was awarded the music school’s first Alumni Achievement Award in May 2018. He is a professor with the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and was also the President of the Audio Engineering Society (AES).

 

Ulrike Schwarz, Sound Engineer & Producer at Anderson Audio New York

Ulrike Schwarz is a sound engineer and producer of acoustic music in the radio, television and recording industries. Her recordings have received multiple international nominations and awards: two Echo Klassik Awards, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenindustrie, Ars Acoustica, Diapason d’Or, a Grammy Nomination and many others. In 2015, the BRKlassik production of Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis” featuring the choir and symphony orchestra of Bayerischer Rundfunk, conducted by Bernard Haitink, received a Grammy Nomination for “Best Choral Performance.” Ulrike’s production of Gisle Kverndokk’s “Symphonic Dances” has been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Immersive Audio Album category, 2020.

 

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer 

Bob Ludwig is an American mastering engineer. He has mastered recordings on all the major recording formats for all the major record labels, and on projects by more than 1,300 artists including Led Zeppelin, Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Ocean, Bryan Ferry, Paul McCartney, Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen and Daft Punk resulting in over 3,000 credits. He is the recipient of numerous Grammy and TEC Awards.

 

Show Notes

Sonic Presence: https://www.sonicpresence.com/

Sonic Presence SP-15: https://www.sonicpresence.com/about

Neumann: https://en-de.neumann.com/

Neumann KU 80: https://en-de.neumann.com/ku-80

Neumann KU 81: https://en-de.neumann.com/ku-81

Neumann KU 100: https://en-de.neumann.com/ku-100

GoPro: https://gopro.com/en/gb/

Madison Square Garden: https://www.msg.com/madison-square-garden

Purchase College, State University of New York: https://www.purchase.edu/

AES Convention: http://www.aes.org/events/conventions/

New York University: https://www.nyu.edu/

Qobuz: https://www.qobuz.com/

Jeff Lorber: http://www.lorber.com/

Sonny Emory: https://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Sonny_Emory.html

SonicScoop: https://sonicscoop.com/

DWords: https://www.dwords.com/

Lee Scratch Perry: https://twitter.com/ScratchLee?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Gateway Mastering Studios: http://www.gatewaymastering.com/

A&R Recording New York: https://www.facebook.com/pages/AR-Recording-Studio/1710693079216381

Sterling Sound: https://sterling-sound.com/

Masterdisk: https://masterdisk.com/

Eastman School of Music, The University of Rochester: https://www.esm.rochester.edu/

Portland String Quartet: https://www.portlandstringquartet.com/

DaPonte String Quartet: https://www.facebook.com/DaPonteStringQuartet/

Vidcon: https://vidcon.com/

Canon: https://www.canon.co.uk/

Voice Record Pro: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/voice-record-pro/id546983235

GarageBand: https://www.apple.com/uk/mac/garageband/

Music Supervision: The Complete Guide to Selecting and Licensing Music & Sound Design for Media: https://www.amazon.com/Music-Supervision-Complete-Selecting-Movies/dp/1468315048/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1500513417&sr=1-1&keywords=music+supervision+2

The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music: https://tisch.nyu.edu/clive-davis-institute

Anderson Audio New York: http://andersonaudiony.com/

 

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Credits

This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel, Alex Bragg and Michelle Chan with the help of Emma Rees and Haley Lerner and included music by  Hair Fairlight, Mikey Geiger, Isaac Joel, Yung Koolade Knobs Bergamo.