Last weekend I was invited by Anthony Hobbs to visit Thomastown in Ireland in order to check out the SOUNDOME. This is a geodesic dome with speakers fitted in the joints. The brainchild of Tom Watts, the current test implementation has 46 loudspeakers installed.
The geodesic dome structure is perfect for 3D ambisonic spatial audio. Currently the dome has triplets of speakers linked with the same audio signal, reducing the number of independent channels to 16. In future development it is planned to make all channels independent, in which case the dome should be able to support 5th order ambisonic.
Saturday was used as a showcase event, and Sunday it was all mine to explore. Having figured out channel and speaker configurations, and how to communicate with the sound card, I was able to play back a number of files and works, my own as well as works presented in recent MULTI concerts. Even though I did not get time to fine-tune the system, the results were convincing and promising. I see a great potential for the SOUNDOME as a portable outdoor attraction at festivals etc.
Over the past few days I have experimented with how to set up a static multilingual website. I have found an approach that seems to work, using jQuery to hide and show text depending on language preferences.
The code for the prootype website is available at GitHub, and I have also set up an online demo.
Next I want to combine this with Bootstrap and Nanoc, in order to build a website for a project that has been on the back-burner for to many years.
From Friday’s performance in Tarek Atoui’s Within in Sentralbadet as part of Bergen Assembly.
At some point in the process of preparing for this concert, unsure about the direction to take, I consulted the Oblique Strategies and drew a card that encouraged me to “Accept Advice”. I have never encountered that card before. I am still not sure if the card exists, or if I dreamed it, but it’s the best advice I could possible get. Frem there on, I decided to ask for and consider all suggestions and advices that I received, and it is one of the most productive creative strategies that I have ever encountered.
Thanks to Craig Wells, Mikael Mire, Mir Karim and Line Horneland for the fantastic job you did in the actual performance, for your generous participation and support in the process, and for all the wonderful suggestions, contributions and offers you had for me. It has been a treat working with you, and you have all contributed so much to the final result.
Thanks to Ingrid Riksfjord for translating my text at short notice, and also your advices with respect to how to plan for translations in the future. You were part of the band!
Thanks to Kari Telstad Sundet and Espen Sommer Eide, you both offered valuable advices at critical points in the process.
Thanks to Ingrid Engesæter Røen, Tor Steffen Espedal, Ferdinand Weinberger, and everyone else at Bergen Assembly for your help and assistance.
Thanks to Bergen Assembly for bringing Tarek Atoui to Bergen. I have been fortunate to follow his work here in Bergen over the past two years. It is rare to be able to work alongside such a capacity, and see him engage so whole-hearted with the many communities in Bergen that he has connected with, sharing generously of his time, competency, commitment, vision, support, interest and engagement.
Thank you, Tarek. I have the deepest respect for who you are and for what you do.
ATK for Reaper version 1.0.0. beta 10 is now out. I have also made a screencast on how to encode mono sources to ambisonics.
Download the most recent version here.