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Immersive Audio Podcast Episode 29 – John Kyle Varley (Frameworks Productions)

Summary

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel is joined by John Kyle Varley on Skype from Halifax, Canada.

John Kyle is a musician/music producer and founder of Frameworks Productions, a production company that specializes in creating musical scores for virtual reality and 360º film. At the end of 2017, Frameworks worked with the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity to develop generative music processes using spatial audio. He recently gave a talk on spatialized 3D audio and generative music at VRTO2019, the annual Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & Expo in Toronto, Canada.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory and Composition from St. Francis Xavier University in 2006, he cultivated years of experience as a touring, recording, and teaching musician and switched to music production later on in his career.

Today, Oliver and John Kyle discuss the influence of sound and music in virtual reality and the creation of Frameworks Productions.

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Show Notes

Frameworks Productions Official Website: https://www.frameworksproductions.ca/

John Kyle Varley’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnkylevarley/

John Kyle Varley’s Quora: https://www.quora.com/profile/John-Kyle-Varley

John Kyle Varley’s talk at VRTO2019:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_qfSPnSJEY

PlayStation VR (PSVR): https://www.playstation.com/en-ae/explore/playstation-vr/

PlayStation VR Worlds – Ocean Descent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yxa7-7jeWw

Oculus Rift: https://www.oculus.com/

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity: https://www.banffcentre.ca/

Virtual Reality at Banff Centre: https://www.banffcentre.ca/articles/we-have-vr-%E2%80%94-now-how-do-we-use-it-tell-stories

Creadits

This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel and Michelle Chan with the help of Shane O’Hare and included music by Knobs Bergamo.

Immersive Audio Podcast Episode 27 – Helena McGill and Anna Wozniewicz (Noctvrnal)

Summary

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel is joined by Helena McGill and Anna Wozniewicz of Noctvrnal via Skype from their office in LA.

Noctvrnal is an audio post-production studio based in Los Angeles. Co-founders Helena McGill and Anna Wozniewicz are visual storytellers with a background in sound design for narrative film. After noticing a lack of female entrepreneurs in audio and music production, the duo decided to launch Noctvrnal in January 2017 and have since expanded into the XR and immersive tech space. Noctvrnal is bringing an immersive sound design to the forefront of virtual and augmented reality by pushing the boundaries of current techniques to create a more visceral experience. The team is passionate about creating new worlds through sound, and their work has been featured at MIT, USC, and VRLA.

In this episode, they chat about the beginning of Noctvrnal, the advancement of the immersive technology, and talk about the importance of diversity in the creative industries.

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Show Notes

Chapman University Film School: https://www.chapman.edu/dodge/index.aspx

Avid Protools: https://www.avid.com/pro-tools

Youtube VR Creator Lab LA: https://www.youtube.com/space/losangeles/vr-creator-lab/

Facebook Spatial Workstation: https://facebook360.fb.com/spatial-workstation/

DearVR: https://www.dearvr.com/

CalArts: https://calarts.edu/

Noctvrnal Official Site: https://www.noctvrnal.com/

Creadits

This episode was produced by Abbigayle Bircham and Oliver Kadel with the help of Share O’Hare and included music by Knobs Bergamo.

Immersive Audio Podcast Episode 26 – Tom Szirtes (Mbryonic)

Summary

In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel sits down with Tom Szirtes, the founder of Mbryonic.

Mbryonic is a London-based digital studio that create cutting edge virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, and other digital content. They work with a wide variety of companies from Amazon to Essex Council to Gazelli Art House. Tom founded Mbryonic with a simple mission, to apply his creative and technical skillset to innovate business and artistic applications of technology.

Before Mbryonic, Tom has had years of experience as a lead developer and manager in the AAA gaming and telecommunications industry working for companies like Sega Europe, Square Enix and Orange.

Alongside this career, Szirtes is an established music producer, DJ and label owner. His music output spans over a decade, some fifty records and numerous international performances. This creativity is at the heart of Mbryonic as well. For Szirtes, the technology always serves creativity not the other way around.

On this episode, Oliver and Tom discuss the ways that virtual reality technology could enhance the experience of listening to music.

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Show Notes

Mbryonic Home page: https://mbryonic.com/

Shur-I-Kan Information on Free Range Records website: http://www.freerangerecords.co.uk/artists/view/Shur-I-Kan/

Shur-I-Kan on Bandcamp: https://shur-i-kan.bandcamp.com/

Tom Szirtes on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomszirtes?originalSubdomain=uk

More Information About The Process of Creating Play Sage Gateshead: https://mbryonic.com/portfolio/play-sage-gateshead/

Play Sage Gateshead, The Finished Product: http://playsagegateshead.com/

Mbryonic’s work with Essex Council: https://mbryonic.com/portfolio/delivr-it-logistics/

Information about Amplify VR: https://mbryonic.com/portfolio/amplify-vr/

Video of Shur-I-Kan’s Minecraft set: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx5F3tDxPyM

Information About a Similar Minecraft Live Music Event: https://cuppawow.com/coalchella-minecraft-music-festival/

More Information about Innovate UK’s “IC Tomorrow” Competition: https://www.roadtovr.com/innovate-uk-awards-210k-to-vr-and-ar-pioneers/

More Information about Mbryonic’s Virtual Reality Music Experiences in Issue 12 of Techmutiny (interview located on page 22 of the document): http://techmutiny.co.uk/attachments/article/49/TECHMUTINY_Issue%2012_FINAL020316.pdf

Creadits

This episode was produced by Abbigayle Bircham and Oliver Kadel with the help of Share O’Hare and included music by Knobs Bergamo.

Oliver Kadel to Present at AES Conference

We are thrilled about presenting our work at the upcoming Audio Engineering Society Conference on Immersive and Interactive Audio.

Oliver Kadel and Professor Justin Paterson co-wrote a paper on the subject of Immersive Audio Post-production for VR & 360º content.

For more information follow the links below

International Conference on Immersive & Interactive Audio – http://www.aes.org/conferences/2019/immersive/

White Paper – http://www.aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?elib=20433

1.618 Digital Team

Immersive Audio Podcast – Episode 10 Jane Gauntlett & Tessa Ratuszynska (In My Shoes)

Summary

Today we have two special guests in studio, Jane Gauntlett & Tessa Ratuszynska. Jane is a writer for film and theatre. She experiments with new technologies, focusing on designing high-impact experiences with a strong narrative. In 2011 Jane founded the In My Shoes Project, an ever-expanding library of interactive experiences which use story, theatre, audio-visual technology, virtual reality and first person documentary to recreate real-life experiences.

Tessa is a documentary filmmaker, installation artist and creative producer for virtual reality and performance. She is a producer of new media documentary, with particular creative focus in virtual reality, 360 documentary and has a passion for the potential for affecting works of interactive non-fiction. In My Shoes: Intimacy was written and directed by Jane and Tessa was creative producer.

In this episode we speak about early adoption of VR, the advances in technology and keeping ahead of the curve. We discuss reaching out to younger audiences, the importance of not using technology for the sake of it and this new technology as a platform for immersive storytelling.

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Shownotes

Video goggles – Vuzix: https://www.vuzix.com/

Oculus: https://www.oculus.com/

HoloLens: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/hololens

In My Shoes: http://janegauntlett.com/inmyshoesproject/

Intimacy: http://janegauntlett.com/in-my-shoes-intimacy/

Immersive Audio Podcast – Episode 6 Catherine Robinson

Summary

In today’s episode we are joined in studio by Catherine Robinson, Audio Supervisor at BBC Wales. Catherine has worked in radio sound for the BBC since 2001. Her specialism is sound design for radio drama, binaural audio and 3D sound for 360 video and VR. Catherine created the sound design and binaural mix for Ring, a horror radio drama for Radio 4. Following the success of that, Catherine has set up the first operational 3D sound studio in the BBC outside Research and Development, using their tools.

Some of the binaural productions that have been created in the 3D studio are: The Russell T Davies adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was the first ever binaural feature film; six 360 films for Planet Earth 2 using dynamic binaural sound design; and an episode of Doctor Who called ‘Knock Knock’ which is the first binaural TV drama to be made available on BBC iPlayer.

Catherine discusses her role at the BBC, the first binaural episode of a TV program available on the BBC iPlayer – Doctor Who, how content will drive immersive audio consumption and bringing immersive audio to the masses.

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Show notes

Middlesex University London: http://www.mdx.ac.uk/

BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/

BBC Wales: https://www.bbc.com/wales

BBC Radio Wales: https://www.bbc.co.uk/radiowales

BBC Radio 4: https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4

BBC Research and Development: https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd

Ring – By Koji Suzuki. Adapted by Anita Sullivan: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06g63fk

The Stone Tapes – Peter Strickland re-imagines a classic seventies horror for Radio 4’s Fright Night: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06g63fh

Fright Night : http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03328l0

Binaural Audio at the BBC Proms: http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/blog/2016-09-binaural-proms

Tom Parnell: http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/people/tom-parnell

Doctor Who: Binaural Episode: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p051x29z

Darran Clement: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darran-clement-00313b55

A midsummer night’s Dream – Classic Shakespeare play adapted for television by Russell T. Davies:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07dx7lt

Brian Minchin: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1848198/

BBC Binaural Sound: https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/projects/binaural-broadcasting

BBC Radio 4 – Pod Plays: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05b8wfv

Damming the Nile: Explore with 360 video: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-43117710

Becky Lipscombe – BBC Africa Producer – Twitter: https://twitter.com/Beckstatic

BBC Radio Wales: The Sounds of Wales: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05zrd8y

Hugh Huddy: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hugh-huddy-0b23562/Royal National Institute of Blind People: http://www.rnib.org.uk/

Immersive Audio Podcast – Episode 4 Sally-Anne Kellaway

Summary

In today’s episode we are joined by Sally-Anne Kellaway via Skype. Sally is the Senior Audio Designer on the Microsoft Mixed Reality – Audio and AI team, and an industry leading VR Audio Evangelist.

She has extensive experience in sound recording, editing, implementation and testing for interactive media in standard and VR/AR and has an interest in implementing true 3D spatial hearing and binaural sound in video games and other interactive experiences. She is the founder of the Virtual Reality Content Creators Network of Australia (VRCC)  which is a not for profit community for virtual reality and associated industries. The VRCC advocates for innovation and connection for all professionals working in virtual, augmented and mixed reality industries in Australia.

Previously the Creative Director at OSSIC, the leading audio technology providers active in the VR space, she has a Masters in Acoustics with a focus on psychoacoustics and spatial audio from the University of Sydney. Sally-Anne is sought after by VR and AR developers, Software and Middleware developers, Conferences, Meetup Groups and Panels to develop and consult on sound design, implementation, tutorials and presentations. She is the Founder of the Women/NB in VR Group for Australia and co-organiser of the San Diego VR community group and is on the AES Technical Committee for Game Audio (Spatial Audio) and on the Diversity and Inclusion Working group.

Sally is a vocal advocate for VR, AR and MR as the future of audio, entertainment and industry and uses her education in Sound Design, Acoustics and Psychoacoustics to rise the tide for all audio professionals passionate about the future.

In this episode, Sally-anne speaks about head-tracking, the future of Audio AR, and diversity in the industry.

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Shownotes

Sally-anne Kellaway: http://soundsbysal.weebly.com

University of Sydney: https://sydney.edu.au/

The Virtual Barbershop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUDTlvagjJA

OSSIC: https://www.ossic.com/

Audio Engineering Society: http://www.aes.org/

Virtual Reality Content Creators of Australia: http://www.vrcc-aus.rocks/

The Wave VR: http://thewavevr.com/

Zero Latency VR: https://www.zerolatencyvr.com/

Double Nomination at Raindance Film Festival

Awards season is upon us and here at 1.618 Digital we’re very excited to announce that two projects we’ve worked on have been nominated at the Raindance Film Festival.

First up, In My Shoes: Intimacy, by Jane Gauntlett and Visualise, has been nominated in the Best Sensual Experience category.

In My Shoes: Intimacy is a 360 experience which explores the power of human connection. Put aside your inhibitions, let these strangers guide you through their impromptu, unconventional & intense moments of intimacy. Intimacy is a first-person documentary designed for two people to experience three encounters from six very different perspectives. To read more about this project please check this case study or see the nomination here.

Next, Laphroaig by Darren Emerson and VR City has been nominated in the Best Branded Content category.

This film takes you on a journey into the heart of the historic Laphroaig whiskey distillery on the beautiful island of Islay. See the nomination here.

Huge congrats to everyone involved and fingers crossed for the awards announcement later today!

Good luck to all industry friends who also have been nominated.

1.618 Digital

What YouTube’s Heatmap Is Really Saying About 360 Video

YouTube recently announced a new analytics tool for 360-degree and virtual reality content creators: heatmaps that illustrate where viewers are actually looking. The new tool allows creators to see exactly what parts of their video are holding a viewer’s attention, and for how long.

YouTube has also released some enlightening early statistics on how – and this is important – viewers currently engage with immersive content.

“Surprisingly” (says YouTube), viewers spend 75% of their time focused on the front 90 degrees of an immersive video. Understandably, this figure has a lot of people questioning the point of VR content if the audience is only willing to engage with a quarter of it.

It’s an easy argument to make, but perhaps what these numbers are really saying is that VR content creators need to learn new ways to grab viewers attention in a 360º world?

Ever since moving pictures became something we watched for entertainment purposes, our eyes have been guided by camera angles to tell us where to look. For over a century that’s what the viewing audience has come to expect.

Virtual reality reminds us very much of the 2D world of film and television, but it’s an entirely different medium with its own set of rules that are still being written. Nothing is set in stone.

And camera angles? Well, those are up to the viewer to choose.

Content creators in the virtual reality space have the difficult task of catching the attention of an audience with over 100 years of collective viewing experience of looking straight ahead.

Does this make virtual reality a fad? A gimmick? No, of course not. It simply means that VR can’t rely on the same tools that have been used for film and television to engage an audience in a fully-immersive format.

That’s a lot of unlearning to do for content creators, and a lot of new learning to do as the format develops. It’s an exciting new frontier.

Back to YouTube’s statistics: the most popular VR videos had the audience looking behind them almost 20% of the time. Markers and animation are what the company suggests will help draw attention to other parts of the surrounding space. In our day to day lives our attention is constantly guided by signs, so it’s a helpful suggestion. But think about this: what’s the one sure thing that will make you stop whatever you’re looking at and focus your attention elsewhere?

Sound…

We are programmed to react to sound. In a split second we must figure out where that sound is coming from and what it means. It is as true in the virtual world as it is in the real world, which is why 1.618 Digital is passionate about high-quality spatialised sound.

Spatial audio can be an effective tool to lead or surprise your audience.  By being in the habit of looking in one direction at any given time, the viewer can easily miss out on what is happening behind or beside them. Through the creative implementation of sonic cues within an immersive environment content creators can control or suggest a narrative. Ultimately, this encourages the audience to engage with specific elements – or viewing angles – within the experience.

Virtual reality is an effective form of visual storytelling. What YouTube’s early heatmap data points to isn’t VR’s failure to engage its viewers. It’s the bigger picture of where audience attention currently is, and the gaps content creators need to fill to direct it elsewhere.

1.618 Digital Team