Surroundscapes - The Power of Immersive Sound

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Ormeau Baths

18 Ormeau Avenue

Belfast

BT2 8HS

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What does the future of Immersive Technology sound like?

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Digital Catapult NI's Surroundscapes event is an opportunity to explore the importance of sound within immersive experiences, to learn from industry experts, and to hear from and experience immersive content from the showcase companies.

Sound is an integral part of virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality experiences. Imagine the abrupt slamming of a door, the impending doom of an object coming towards you, or simply the way we naturally turn towards a sound in a dark corner. All of these sounds need to be seamlessly integrated into a VR, AR and MR experience.

This event will be showcasing companies across the UK currently creating tools and content that demonstrate the power of sound in immersive experiences and you'll will have a chance to experience their groundbreaking content.

This will include Volta and their VR spatial audio production platform, Darkfield who specialise in creating communal location-based immersive experiences inside shipping containers , multi award winning immersive sound specialists 1618digital , ZoneMe: ZONEME’s TRUE2LIFE™ object-based sound system provides a new way to control how audiences hear things by placing the sound at the point of origination and Magic Beans who work with big brands like Adidas, huge Orchestral pieces and Academy award winning Immersive Filmakers, and truly innovative projects beneath London's Victorian sewer complex and finally Playlines will be demoing a stripped down version of CONSEQUENCES which is described as Punchdrunk Theatre meets Pokemon Go: an immersive site-specific Augmented Reality rap experience, written and performed by multi award-winning UK rapper Harry Shotta using Bose AR Frames.

There will also be input from NI speakers including the latest research in Immersive Sound production techniques from Ulster University featuring a demo of their 'inclusive performance system' which allows the user to reach out, touch, interact, feel and affect musical properties through their engagement with, and experience of, an object’s physical qualities, via VR.

QUB's Sonic Arts Research Centre will be showcasing their immersive sound experience based on the mythology and exploration of the Marble Arch Caves : “Are We Not Dreaming?” this hybrid listening system uses a combination of binaural rendering on headphones and ambisonics on loudspeaker arrays.

We will also have speakers and a demo from the Audio Lab at York University featuring their VR Experience 'Soundfields ' which is being used as a therapeutic tool for children who lie on the autistic spectrum.

Format of the day:

East Wing Ormeau Baths

(please use Apsley Street entrance, past Root & Branch coffee shop)

9.30 am - Registration and Coffee / Tea

10.00 am - Welcome and Intros followed by presentations from participating companies.

1.30 pm - Lunch and Networking

West Wing Ormeau Baths

2.30 pm - 5.30 pm Immersive Audio Demos and Networking, for chance to try these amazing immersive audio experiences and meet the creators behind them.

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