Creating a new way to explore panoramic images through an immersive 3D sound experience.
The world is full of different people, cultures and cities. Thanks to today’s technology, we have access to a great amount of information about the most remote places right in our pocket. We can use tools to view any street and explore its surroundings, but what about the feeling of that place?
The Sound City Project brings you one step closer to that feeling. By using a combination of a panoramic view with high quality 3D sound recorded using a custom “soundhead” prototype, you can select a city on a map and give yourself a better idea of what it’s like to actually be there.
David Vale, Rick van Mook and Caco Teixeira’s site pioneered interactive panoramic audio. – Communication Arts
This was the most challenging project I worked so far. David Vale asked me to collaborate with him in developing a way to recreate sound panoramas in 3D.
After a lot of ideas and research, I came up with this concept of using a set of four microphones in a way that mimics the biology, by spacing each pair of microphone by the distance of an average human head so that the recorded sound would feel like you were there at the time.
For the three dimensional effect we needed an extra pair to capture other axis, shifted by 90 degrees in orientation and Rick van Mook, who coded the web experience, managed to replicate what I advised him to do.
The result was amazing and I was ecstatic to work with such amazing team.