Author: Marta Gospodarek (Olko)

Author: Marta Gospodarek (Olko)

Object-Based Audio

Immersive audio is necessary for any convincing XR experience. However, many times it is not clear how to create a natural audio layer when trying to go beyond traditional headphones and stereo speaker systems. Today I would like to introduce an object-based approach to sound mixing which can simplify this process. Spatial audio allows positioning…

New Music

Over the last two years working with the Immersive Audio Group at NYU, I engineered more than 20 music recording sessions in VR. We captured audio and video in 360 which means that the viewer could later rotate the head in VR to see and listen in 3D. Our main goal was to find the…

The Future of Silence

The biggest shock I experienced when moving to New York was that there was no place without noise. Sirens, cars, and loud music on the street by my apartment, traffic and construction on the way to work, squeaking subway trains and loud music in the stations, the loud background noise of the air conditioner in…

Audio Presence in VR

Last week I participated in the evaluation of an omnidirectional speaker built by Parichat Songmuang – a master’s student in Music Technology. Listening to a recording of a cello through the speaker gave me the illusion that the musician was with me in the room. The experience was so realistic and inspiring that it made…

Mysterious HRTF

If you have ever heard about 3D audio, for sure you also heard the term HRTF. HRTF stands for Head Related Transfer Function – you can think of it as a fingerprint of our spatial hearing. It’s unique for everyone because each of us has a unique shape of the ears. To explain why this…

Connecting Artists

Last week was very busy for me as our lab was preparing a Concert on the Holodeck. The event featured Ozark Henry – a very talented Belgium avant-garde pop artist. The performance was part of the Holodeck project, which aims to build a Virtual Reality platform for different kinds of collaboration. This time we connected…

Responsibility

I am aware that this topic has been touched upon many times already, but certain painful observations over the last weeks have led me to write this post. Forgive me if my analysis will seem shallow, as I know the problem is much more sophisticated and complex than I am able to address here. But…

Digital Cultures

Today I attended the workshop “Towards a Virtual Theater” during the Digital Cultures conference in Warsaw. I was really happy to see many Polish producers, artists and theater directors interested in VR and thinking about how to apply new technologies in their work. Besides the very interesting lecture by David Gochfeld, a VR experience G.E.N.…