Angela Mcarthur, Queen Mary University of London presents a paper on perception of mismatched auditory distance.
In 2018 I presented work about the accuracy of auditory distance perception, in cinematic VR, at the 2nd AES AVAR (audio for AR & VR) conference in Redmond, Washington.
South of the River
South of the River a short cinematic VR film which uses dynamic binaural sound. It explores painter Barry Bish’s connection to the Thames River. Born and raised in south-east London to working-class parents, he represents (in work and life) a slice of London culture which is fast disappearing. Sounds of the Thames, opposite the iconic Tate & Lyle factory, pervade his studio and thoughts. He is a window into a dimension which signals authenticity, whilst appealing to a fetish-like commodification of its symbols.
[re]Sounding Balloon is a sculptural installation using spatial audio. A helium-filled weather balloon, attached to a weighted pulley system, determines the listener’s sonic experience, via an ultrasonic sensor. Expending effort, the listener can hoist the balloon – counterintuitively – upwards, to hear the piece in dynamic binaural reproduction. This installation was inspired by infrasound recordings of the ocean collected from weather balloons at high altitude. Its sonic materials are hydrophonic and found recordings, alongside infrasound taken from actual ocean monitoring by marine biologists.
InSonic 2017 at ZKM, Karlsruhe
Barry Bish Show
While recording for 'South of the River'
UTS Data Arena
Working with a 360 panoramic (acoustically transparent) screen and 16-channel speaker system to re-purpose cinematic VR content and make use of the space's unique affordances
Imperial College London
I visited Imperial College's Dyson School of Design Engineering in April 2018 where I tested out my response time and accuracy in localising sound sources positioned using VBAP. It's always humbling when you do a spatial sound test that doesn't go well, if you are a spatial sound gal. This one went well though!
Empty chair in an empty gallery
In an effort to reach non-academic publics and have research be more representative, I put my PC, a Vive headset, and miscellaneous cables into two suitcases, and wheeled them to a local gallery. I had signs, money to incentivise, and, well… VR. No dice.