By using a recently developed plugin (using headphones + spatial audio developed by Oculus) everyone can compose for this system - in a standardised format - without the expense of buying the equipment needed for a real life immersive speaker system, retaining the possibility of replay on a real life system.
With your help, Encircled will be a place where musicians, producers and audio engineers explore the future of electrifying immersive sound experiences.
A place where experimentation and research bring new music, sound and multi-channel speaker configurations to life.
This includes exploring and explaining the tools needed to create this music and how you can get started. It also includes understanding what works for audiences and why it works.
I am wondering how we can best contribute to the understanding of modern and future music, how we go about combining new experiences with the theories and practices of audio pioneers... who shaped the technology we use and who first saw the effects of technology on music.
So... are you an independent musician, sound artist and music technologist fascinated by the potential of immersive audio systems for music composition?
This is how I plan to continue my work.
I am refining a six-speaker configuration called Encircled that opens up new potential for writing and experiencing electronic dance music.
Encircled systems can be emulated in headphones on a DAW with a specific set of VST settings - this allows anyone to design music that can be reproduced on the Encircled six-speaker system if the chance arises.
I'm sharing progress on these settings and more with my Patrons as indicated under the pledge amounts.
I am organising a series of workshops for musicians/producers called Fathom-Encircled helping them to create and showcase compositions using immersive audio techniques.
I am developing Pionear a course of lectures, listenings and readings designed to share my appreciation for the contribution that groundbreaking musicians and thinkers such as Charles Ives, Luigi Russolo, Pierre Schaeffer, John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, have made to music culture. When it is ready, you can read more about Pionear HERE.
The first Encircled showcase event was held in Coolum Beach Australia on December the 5th 2015.
DJ RAMPID! getting the crowd moving at the first Encircled showcase.
Your turn, ...show the world what you can do!
Music, like much of our culture, is driven forward by technology and ideas. Current music practice evolved because people experimented, painstakingly and with primitive equipment, pushing the boundaries of what was possible to extend our understanding of what music is.
Luigi Russolo ca. 1916 (CC Wikipedia)
I am passionate about maintaining appreciation for the contribution that groundbreaking musicians and thinkers such as Charles Ives, Luigi Russolo, Pierre Schaeffer, John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, have made to music culture. I'm also passionate about extending their legacy through continued thinking and experimenting.
Pierre Schaeffer presenting the Acousmonium (CC Wikipedia)
If you are interested in learning more about the work of these innovators I am developing a course that takes a step by step look at this topic and how the work of these luminaries contributed to today's musical landscape. Message me for details.
In 2010/11 I conceived,designed and installed a 16-channel, 16-speaker experimental sound laboratory for the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music at the Noosa Campus of CQUniversity.
In 2015 I visited facilities at the University of British Columbia School of Music in Vancouver, Steinhardt School's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at New York University and the College of Music (CoM) at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. I saw multi-channel, multi-speaker facilities that are allowing students to work with immersive sound.
While not as big as the system at the Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre, or as spatially flexible as the 4DSOUND system at the Institute of Spatial Sound at Art Quarter Budapest, the Encircled format has very different goals, provides stacks of spatial potential and is a much simpler, much more achievable setup - so it is easy for musicians to use and it is easy to install in clubs and at festivals.