Glacial: Exploring Immersive Audio Soundscapes

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2023-09-19

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Drinkwater, Stella

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"Glacial" by Paul Walde is a five-hour ambient audio piece that melds field recordings from the glacier at Mount Baker with live acoustic instruments, creating an immersive auditory experience. The project's core lies in the fusion of recording samples with orchestral instruments, with six acoustic instruments connected to a multi-track playback device. "Glacial" employs convolution, recording sounds of the glacier through instruments, then playing it back iteratively until it converges with each instrument's resonant frequency. The recording project aimed to enable remote access to the installation, extending its reach to audiences beyond the confines of the gallery. This endeavour involved a multifaceted approach encompassing multitrack audio editing, ambisonic mixing, mastering for various spatial and stereo formats, and the utilization of state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos technology within the university's CReaTe lab.

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ambisonic, audio, sound, recording, surround, installation

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