BAFTA Interactive Festival

Last night I went to this:

The Future Of Sound (Part One)

Tuesday 17 February
The Princess Anne Theatre

A very big subject indeed? Sound is often regarded as the ?poor relation? in the field of the creative arts. Illustrious Company (Martyn Ware and Vince Clarke) are hosting a stimulating and imaginative event discussing the future of sound in all artistic and commercial fields, with the emphasis on collaborative opportunities.

Guest speakers already confirmed include Charlie Morrow (sound installation artist – New York), Jon Wosencroft (lecturer at the Royal College of Art in mixed media – runs the Touch recording label), Scanner (sound artist), Paul Gillieron (acoustician – PGAD), Raj Patel (acoustician from Arup Acoustics – New York) and Dave Ranyard (Sony Computer Entertainment ? Sound Design) – more to be confirmed.

There will be an opportunity to hear examples of the artist?s work (together with visual accompaniment) incorporating a demonstration of Illustrious? world-leading ?Heightened Reality? 3D surround sound technology.

Interactive multimedia artists Anna Hill and Jason Bruges will demonstrate examples of future possibilities for collaboration between different disciplines.

A Q&A session will follow.

Produced by Martyn Ware, Illustrious Company.

It was a very thought-provoking event and made me a feel a little stone-aged in my feeble attempts towards generating 3D soundscapes. Hey – I’m still working at perfecting my stereo mixing!

All the speakers were inspiring and obviously at the forefront of their fields but the geek in me was most seduced by Dave Ranyard. When he outlined the new tech and interactive possibilities Sony are due to come out with, I almost jizzed myself. Which would have been a grave insult to my seat, as it was endowed by John Mills (I was two seats down from the one endowed by Tommy Steele!)

Click here for the pics!