Locative and Geo-Located Audio: Editing a Place with Sounds
After my presentation at UoS Creative Digifest2, Guy Stephens of Cap Gemini invited me to speak at their London offices: Monday 22nd October, presenting recent musical and academic research on virtual sound in real environments.
The audience saw for the first time the audio rendering engine drafted by ISVR’s Miguel Galindo and Iyad Assaf’s excellent user interface / control platform, which is going to be ready for prototype demonstration in the next few weeks, using a table-top version.
They also heard about the geo-located music tool, noTours, which I have been using to place music in a landscape works directly with the Google Maps API and has the potential for really immersive and interactive audio embedded into the main map search platform.
I’d spent the weekend at St Paul’s Cathedral, recording interviews and the acoustic environment. Then I placed my choral piece “Take Me By The Hand” into the landscape and mixed it with the traffic, fountains, machines, bells, skateboarders, fighters, Big Issue sellers, tourists, lovers, wedding parties and historical reconstructions that were all around the area.
Met the inspired team of Unreal City Audio – and found myself on their tour “Hawkers, Harlots & Hacks” – thanks for the brilliant audio, guys!
I’ve been considering how to develop sharing of virtual soundscapes, distribution to listeners in diverse locations, multi-contribution work that can take place in several locations simultaneously (and each player can hear the other players, selectively as s/he chooses).
It seems that at the very moment of its first appearance, the album as software application is already a fleeting obsolescence, being only a fraction removed from the fixed format of the gramophone disc.
Perhaps this is the first time since the advent of recording that music has been a changeable, living entity, where as one walks inside it, the experience is controlled and determined by one’s movement and position.
Surround stereo clip from St Paul’s Churchyard Audio Portrait here (with headphones please!)