For this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, our team Oliver Kadel and Felix Thompson bring you the highlights from Immerse(d) event in London, bringing you interviews with some of the main speakers and other guests from the day.
Having already held events in Los Angeles and Montreal, Subpac’s event series headed to Ravensbourne University in South East London last weekend.
These meetings have brought together artists, scientists, practitioners and technologists, to explore how deep immersive sound and music are changing society.
There were several panels throughout the day, which looked at the deep cultural roots of bass in British Afro-Caribbean culture, and concepts such as how sound can be used to improve health and mindfulness.
There were several installations too. Guests were able to try out immersive experiences such as “Internal Garden”. By putting on a SUBPAC and headphones, users were able to hear and feel signals from plants.
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James Edward Marks
James E. Marks is an experimental new media provocateur. He is a creator of award-winning social video
Gary Pritchard is the Dean of the School of Media at Ravensbourne University. Ravensbourne is an innovative, industry-focused college based in Greenwich, that prepares students for careers in digital media and design.
Prior to his role at Ravensbourne University, he has significant experience at executive level in the both state and private education sectors and in commercial environments.
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Steve Snooks is a sound designer and artist. Snooks runs an indie record label and
Magic Beans: Gareth Llewellyn & Jon Olive
Magic beans is an immersive-audio startup that was founded by 3D audio pioneers Gareth Llewellyn and Jon Oliver. It maps high-definition spatial audio into the world around you – creating new kinds of mixed reality audio experience for brands, artists and visitor attractions.
Magic Beans work includes helping to create DotDotDot’s groundbreaking immersive theatre experience SOMNAI, while Gareth and Jon were the sound team behind The Philharmonia Orchestra’s acclaimed VR Sound Stage. Premiering in April at SXSW 2018 it went onto receive Royal approval from Prince William.
Earlier in their careers, Gareth and Jon were pioneers in 3D audio for cinema, mixing the world’s first immersive feature ‘Red Tails’ – in partnership with Skywalker Sound and LucasFilm.
Justin Wiggan is an artist who has worked in a variety of mediums, including sound, phonics, film and performance. His exhibitions have been displayed around the world, and at the Immerse(d) event was demonstrating his latest project – “Internal Garden: Life of Plants”. By using SUBPAC technology and headphones, Justin offers users an immersive experience that lets them feel and hear plant signals.
Lena has 17 years of hearing therapy experience. Drawing on her own background of hearing difficulties, she aims to help other adults with hearing loss to better understand and manage their conditions. She completed her training at Bristol University and the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital in 2004 and is a member of the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists. Over the years Lena has held several clinical posts. These have included setting up the first Hearing Therapy service in Hertfordshire and working as an Advanced Hearing Therapist for 6 years at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital.
From his work as an International DJ to his current role as a sound architect, Tom Middleton has spent decades working in audio. Tom started his professional career as an Electronic Neo-Classical Composer and international touring DJ and Artist – sharing stages with the likes of Lady Gaga and Kanye West. Today, he designs psychoacoustic soundtracks and soundscapes for major brands and organisations. His audio sensory company SONUX aim to help global firms reduce stress, improve sleep, boost productivity, increase resilience and enhance performance.
Ari Peralta is the CEO and Founder of Arigami, a company that uses cutting edge neuroscience research into multi-sensory perception to help brands leave a lasting impression on consumers. Ari began his career at Nielsen Media Research, and has since become a Forbes recognized innovator and serial entrepreneur. Through his company Arigami, Ari now focuses on building the connection between multisensory cues, emotions and memory.