Episode 97 Patrick Cairns (AudioLab, Immersive Network Music Performance)


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Episode 97 Patrick Cairns (AudioLab, Immersive Network Music Performance)

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In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel is joined by the remote audio network engineer and PhD candidate at AudioLab, the University of York – Patrick Cairns from Glasgow, Scotland.

Patrick graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University (2019) with a BSc in Audio Systems Engineering. Patrick has since achieved an MSc by research in Audio Technology at the Audiolab, University of York (2021), where they currently continue their research as a PhD student. Patrick’s research explores the development, application and evaluation of bleeding-edge network music performance systems, with a focus on immersive audio. This work investigates how spatial audio and virtual acoustics can be applied to make network music experiences more like live performance, and examines the effect this can have on the way we interact with one another musically in shared virtual spaces. Patrick’s research also includes high-impact industry collaboration within the MINERVA project. Beyond academia, Patrick is an avid enthusiast of all things audio and has experience in various roles across the industry, including broadcast, live sound, sound for film, and music recording and production.

Patrick discusses in depth the current advancements in remote spatial audio networking for a range of industry use cases covering the core technology, signal flow and production workflows.

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Show Notes

Patrick Cairns Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-cairns-178387248/  

Patrick Cairns AudioLab – https://audiolab.york.ac.uk

University of York – https://www.york.ac.uk/

Musical Interactions in Networked Experiences using Real-time Virtual Audio (MINERVA) – https://audiolab.york.ac.uk/minerva/

Scalable Audio Frameworks For Immersive Realtime Experiences (SAFFIRE) – https://audiolab.york.ac.uk/saffire/

AudioLab’s Spatial Audio Library, York – Huddersfield Networked Performance – https://audiolab.york.ac.uk/library/york-huddersfield-performance/

Evaluation of Metaverse Music Performance With BBC Maida Vale Recording Studios – https://www.aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?elib=22139

Recording Music in the Metaverse: A case study of XR BBC Maida Vale Recording Studios – https://www.aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?elib=21842

Immersive Network Music Performance: Design and Practical Deployment of a system for Immersive Vocal Performance – https://www.aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?elib=20918

Parametric Evaluation of Ensemble Vocal Performance Using an Immersive Network Music Performance Audio System – https://secure.aes.org/forum/pubs/journal/?elib=21541

AES Paper: Context-Based Evaluation of the Opus Audio Codec for Spatial Audio Content in Virtual Reality – https://www.aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?elib=22037

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This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel and Emma Rees and included music by Rhythm Scott.