Facebook getting some spatial audio

I’ve just seen the news about Facebook buying the 3D Audio company, Two Big Ears, to support its spatial and virtual reality businesses via Techcrunch.

They are also releasing their 3DCeption as a free download. I look forward to playing with it at some point soon. At this moment, it appears that the workstation is available on Macs and the rendering engine is not yet available.


Audio fingerprinting and AudioContext study

Having a quick surf around this morning on the bus, I came across this post on Techcrunch about a study from Princeton University into online trackers. They were able to create a fingerprint of a machine using the AudioContext API that allowed for the tracking of machines. As the article mentions, online privacy will be […]


Here, hear – exploring the city with Here Active Listening

I was lucky enough to get a set of Here Active Listening buds from DopplerLabs. The buds are a set of small digital signal processors (DSP) that sit in the ears. They are about the size an in-ear bud and sit snugly in the ear canal (with changeable rubber seats) that are paired by Bluetooth […]


Auto play on audio user experience

I was fortunate enough to talk at UX in the City Oxford last Friday about audio. Thanks to Software Acumen and the programme committee for the invitation. One of the questions asked was that of audio patterns on the web, which is a layer above where I normally work. One of the anti-patterns that I […]


Notes from visualisation workshop

Notes from yesterday’s Digital Humanities visualisation colloquium at Reading on 31 March. Reuse of models in different form: tensions between drama and academic use. Life of Rome as MMORPG. VR seems big: Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard. What’s the sustainability? As the tools become more available and publication modes. How does the digital output fit […]


Sonifying the cityscape

My wife came across a project on Makezine which, ahem, sounded interesting. Akko Goldenbeld created a map of Eindhoven on a drum that struck keys on a piano as it rotates. The resulting work appears to be called Citymusic or Stadsmuziek.


An evening of lights in London

Yesterday evening, I went along to the early part of the evening at the Lumiere Show in London.  I stayed around the Regents Street and Trafalgar Square side. It was a touch crowded crowded as I made my way down from Oxford Street to Trafalgar Square. I did spend a little time at the junction […]


Looking forward to 2016

2016, I think, will be one of completions and continuing things. I hope that this year will be the one where I complete my Masters degree. I look forward to doing more work with sound and sonification. It is a challenge in terms of software, art, design and patience but one that I am relishing. […]


Some recent work in sonification

Just a short post. I attended the Text Encoding Initiative Conference in Lyon where I gave my first proper software paper, written with David De Roure. I’ll write about it properly shortly but here is the link to the paper,“It will discourse most eloquent music”: Sonifying variants of Hamlet, in the Oxford University Research Archive. […]


Beginning to sonify the Economist’s Big Mac index

The Big Mac index is The Economist’s index of the Purchasing-Power Parity (PPP), which was devised in 1986 . Intended as a light-hearted representation of exchange rate theory, it has become one of the economic indexes, along with the Hemline Index [1] and the Men’s Underwear Index . All three indices represent a view of […]