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MDR Week: Blog no 8- 3DBARE, 3D Binaural Audio Rendering Engine

March 15, 2013
by Benjamin Mawson

Join Benjamin Mawson and colleagues to explore how virtual sound is used from the perspective of music, computer programming, immunology and social science at the event ‘3DBARE, 3D Binaural Audio Rendering Engine’ on Tuesday 19th March. An insight into this exciting and multidisciplinary research field can be found below.

3DBARE, 3D Binaural Audio Rendering Engine



By Benjamin Mawson,

In collaboration with Professor Tim Elliott,  Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dr Godfrey Brandt, Chairman of DAACA, Iyad Assaf, Audio systems developer.


3DBARE is a collaboration between Music and ISVR to build an engine allowing listeners to walk inside a piece of music as though it were a physical structure. The 3DBARE team are collaborating with senior academics from the fields of Medicine and Social Science both to explore new forms of public outreach through sound of bio-medical research and the calibration of theatrical or performative space engendered by emerging forms of cultural interaction

We will be explaining the origins of 3DBARE from the perspective of a composer seeking a way for creations in the digital studio to be possible to explore as though elements in the physical world:  how these explorations have led to collaboration with co-developers of the platform and an exciting cross-disciplinary project with researchers in medicine and social science.

Four presenters will explain the 3D Binaural Audio Rendering Engine and what it means from their own perspective to be using virtual sound to explore their particular field of enquiry: Music and Computer Programming, Immunology and Social Science.

Multidisciplinary approaches in Music are essential to the discovery of new means of communicating to audiences whose modes of listening are rapidly changing with technology: my research is about how to speak to audiences. As a composer I seek forms and means by which to use my art and craft in as practical a form as the church and court composers of former centuries. Collaborations as interesting and potentially effective as this – in terms of altering public understanding come along infrequently. This is a fantastic opportunity for our respective skills and knowledge to serve a common purpose towards greater good and we are enthusiastic to present and discuss our early findings.




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