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Sound swarm : experience sound in a new way

Kruining, Rens (2017) Sound swarm : experience sound in a new way.

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Abstract:Sound Swarm is the concept of an art installation in which audio speakers move around in a room. Each of the speakers play a different sound and by moving create a new way of experiencing audio and music. This project entails the realisation of software to compose spatial music using virtual moving speakers. To do so, the existing technology is studied and several user requirements are gathered during brainstorms with the client. The realised composition tool combines the virtual environment in the game engine Unity with the digital audio workstation Reaper. The routes of the audio sources are configured in Reaper in three dimensions, which Unity then uses to move the audio sources through the virtual room. This is done with the aid of a MIDI bridge, where Unity receives MIDI control change messages from Reaper. While this composition tool is lacking a few detailed functions due to the concept phase the project is still in, the tool proved already enough for basic testing. The features that can be added later, are mostly the aesthetics of the virtual environment and speakers. Because the location and speakers are not determined yet, the detail of the virtual objects was omitted. It will be beneficial to the immersion of the virtual installation for the client to add more details to the virtual environment.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
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Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:01 general works, 21 art forms
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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