BINCI partner Eurecat has attended AES International Conference on Spatial Reproduction – Aesthetics and Science, which has taken place in Tokyo on the past August 7-9, to present the papers “Sound-Space Choreography”, by Gerard Erruz and Timothy Schmele, and “Controlling the Apparent Source Size in Ambisonics Using Decorrelation Filters” by Timothy Schmele and Umut Sayin, all researchers from Eurecat’s Multimedia Technologies Unit.
The paper “Sound-Space Choreography”, presented by Gerard Erruz, describes the research behind BINCI’s Choreographer, a novel production tool to control sound sources in space. This software tool is integrated inside BINCI’s Binaural Home Studio (BHS) 3D audio production suite – allowing to post-produce either 3D or binaural audio while offering special 3D effect functionalities – and permits the user to define and combine sets of three-dimensional movements for creative purposes.
Parallel to the Choreographer development process, the research has focused on investigating on the aesthetic possibilities of sound-movement and to discuss the relationship between sets of musical elements, notation and composition.
On the other hand, the results of the paper “Controlling the Apparent Source Size in Ambisonics Using Decorrelation Filters” have been presented with a poster exhibited during the poster’s session. Timothy Schmele has been in charge of explaining to interested visitors the main results compiled in the paper, which defines a new method to achieve the apparent source extent effect. Also known as perceived sound source size, this effect for ambisonics is a common parameter for 3D audio applications such as VR, 3D cinema and spatialized music composition.
The work done compares the novel approach to older methods and indicates that it outperforms them, particularly in the gradual change in source size and listening area stability.
AES International Conference on Spatial Audio is a leading event on spatial audio. The conference brings panels of experts together to discuss a range of topics ranging from how can spatial audio contribute to music and other artistic production and the keys for connecting science and aesthetics.