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IRCAM TALK : Garth Paine

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Future Perfect – An immersive 3D audio visual performance and installation
Garth Paine

Future Perfect is a performance using smartphone virtual reality technologies and Ambisonic/ WaveField sound diffusion. The project explores the seam between virtual reality as a documentation format for environmental research and archiving nature, and as an artistic space, combining the thoughts that:

– ‘nature’ as we know it may, in the near future, only exist in virtual reality archives,

– the notion of the virtual, a hyper-real imaginative world contained by a technological mediation can be presented to individual as a personal experience.

The Future Perfect performance does not have a fixed point of view. Interactive crowd mapping using smartphone tracking generates personal journeys through the work and determine each audience members own viewing and listening perspectives. The work is drawn on the deep expertise at IRCAM in sound spatialization and WaveField Synthesis techniques, which through smartphone tracking allows sonic objects to be attached to and follow people within the concert space. Smartphone tracking allows the tracking of people within the concert space, using flocking and spatial spread to drive interactive musical and animation parameters in the High order Ambisonics (HOA) immersive sound field. The work is made from 360 VR footage shot by Paine in nature preserves in Paris and Karlsruhe, blended with procedural animations, derived from plant images and HOA recordings made by the composer at the same location. Participants are able to walk freely through space, with vector lines being drawn between people subject to proximity and vectors of movement. Other individuals are indicated in the VR space as outlines to make movement safe and to help develop a collective consciousness.