Workshop description “In this workshop we will focus on multi-microphone setups for music production, using single Ambisonics microphone arrays. Ambisonics microphones are often used to record full spherical sound fields for different purposes, including virtual reality. But an especially interesting use of their spatial audio technology is the possibility to create beamformings (aka, virtual microphones) after the recording has already been done. To comment on this, this workshop will address Ambisonics recording, directionality/polar patterns, virtual microphone setup, and mixing. All this will be illustrated by practical audio/in-DAW examples of spatial recordings done in studio of several musical instruments. By the end of this workshop, you will understand the process from start to finish, being able to successfully use Ambisonics microphones as additional tools for music production. “
We walk together (2020) is thought as a field-recording score that asks would-be performers to think sonically about a place, to produce sound within that place, but also to reflect on the changes caused by the pandemic both at an environmental and subjective level. This collaborative endeavor is a continuation of my exploratory work in novel ways of curating sound artwork outside institutional frameworks. The resulting work, using a visual reference, is a multi-layered and multi-linguistic ‘sequence shot’: an audio piece that straddles the line between fiction, documentary and musical composition.
The sonic essay is a collaboration between a series of artists located in different parts of the globe: Rui Chaves (Loulé, Portugal, 25/06/2020), Eduardo Patrício (Koziegłowy, Poland, 17/06/2020), Laura Romero (Valencia, Spain, 06/06/2020), Lilian Nakao Nakahodo (Curitiba, Brazil, 05/07/2020), Luz da Camara (Evoramonte, Portugal, 19/06/2020).
6DoF (six-degrees-of-freedom) refers to the possibility of a rigid body (or a representational device of it) to move freely in three transitional and three rotational degrees.
Designing sound for immersive VR 6DoF experiences is usually done by using mono or stereo sound artificially spatialised through software processing the seeks to replicate reverberation, diffusion and other acoustic behaviors.
Now, doing a live sound recording, in a physical acoustic space so it can be used in the context of 6DoF VR is said to be impossible or, at least, very hard.
To try and achieve just that, I used simultaneous recordings made with 9 ZYLIA ZM-1 microphone arrays, placing multiple ambisonics sound files in a scene I built in Unity 3D. The sound sound sources in those recordings are physical objects.
The following video explains the process, step by step: