Peaceful immersive sound year

Our universe is bathed in a thousand sounds, sometimes nice, sometimes disturbing.

We invite you to dive in the experimental and immersive four-minute video that we have created for you, with DomB, for the images. Connect your headphones and have fun wandering around in the 360° audio and visual space …

From 2’20” on, you will discover a binaural sound which induces a feeling of relaxation. With 6 Hz, Theta waves.

We wish you a sound universe where peace reigns. Daily.

Thanks, Pierre André Aebischer

PAA consulting / Sound Design

Explore together new horizons of images and sounds

 

Need adequate soundscapes?

SuperDiff, unlimited audio 

– Clearly perceive each sound, precisely localised. Notice every detail, every instrument, every intention, subtle or ample.

Do you want to experience that for yourself?

Why move to multi-channel immersive audio?

Because anything is possible, now. A bit like in the 60’s when the Beatles and the Stones were inventing show-business and stereo. Likewise, today all multichannel audio / immersive / spatialized / SuperDiff can be questioned, experimented, created. I love this moment. Even naming and best practice conventions still are evolving, but it exists! Big time. To name a few: Youtube, Facebook, Sony, L-Acoustics or Meyer have working systems, along with us @ PAA-Consulting. So, already multi-channel immersive audio is available for live shows as well as for your living room. For headsets, museum, art-galleries & for huge open air events too.

Want to know more? Be part of the adventure?

https://www.paa-consulting.com/contact/

Les Grands Espaces

Pierre Aescher, immersive, textural guitar

Jean-Pierre Fonjallaz, video mapping & projection

Immersif @ Sévelin 32, November 14th 2019

see the show on immersif.ch

listen to pierre aescher

Artists, time to reclaim your creative edge!

In the 1980s, the number of audio channels swelled exponentially. From the “modest” tracks count of the sixties where four or eight were enough to create the firsts Rolling Stones or Beatles albums, it flourished in biblical proportions to 96-channel SSL or Neve consoles attached to two Dash 48 tracks digital recorders, de-facto standard in 1985 & the size of rather large refrigerators. With matching leasing contracts.

Everything was cool and the 80’s were great years for studios: besides the crew of a modern liner that was needed to operate all these equipments and the serious studio time that was consumed to fill up the 96 tracks. But I think something got lost on the way, something about the pleasure of recording, playing together, spontaneity…

I never imagined saying that one day, but thank you Facebook and Google: today’s audio/video 360° allows artists to be at the center of their creation again. This is true for the image, for the sound too. In essence, the explosion of the traditional video framework and the stereo audio format, effectively gives the artists extensive creative possibilities. It’s up to them to decide what they want to do with these…

Yes, size matters! Ask the Rolling Stones!

For music, tempi, beats, at least. It is as if the very place where the music is played was, is, part of the music itself, just like one extra big instrument being part of the band.

Interestingly, there is an absolute critical size, for rooms, around  the 100 m2 range where sound start to react completely differently. This paradigm shifting dimension interact with how the music can be played and/or perceived in a said room. Smaller that that size, you are perfectly free to play at any tempo you fancy, but, you are stuck with notes or scales sounding better than others. Bigger than 100 m2 and it is exactly the opposite: you are welcome to play in any key your fancy, but the room dictates what works and what doesn’t in terms of tempo. Ask the Rolling Stones.

Do you want to read more about that?

Full article here

Be nice to kids! Acoustically !

Class rooms are school equivalents of open spaces, at best. Recently I have been introduced to a conferencing solution reshuffled voice lift for class rooms. With the USP being that student in the back of the classes would actually be able to understand things that were said by the teacher. Great this is called a PA, this is what I do. I am happy to design such systems for any school in the known world… Just a tiny little detail here: is it always the appropriate solution?

Why not start with good room acoustics first then? This has been pretty well documented so far: about half of the pupils in most of the classrooms today can’t really understand a word of what is being said by the teacher, because of poor room acoustics. So, why would you pile up kids in classrooms for most of their best days of childhood, ask them to remain quiet and attentive AND get them to do so in an acoustically challenging environment for about half of them.

Do you think simple, elegant &  affordable solutions exist?

Talk to a specialist.

Why are better soundscapes desirable?

Let’s go back to the bush for a second. Back then, you were immersed in an ultra peaceful 360° soundscape. Most of the noises around were soothing sounds: wind in the leaves of high trees, a river nearby, small streams or friendly grass eating animals munching in the near vicinity, relax and safe in the knowledge that since you had some mouthfuls of berries not long ago they were not in the immediate danger of you hitting them with a large rock. You got the idea, your soundscapes back then were quiet and mostly harmless, most of the time. This by the way is possibly the exact reason why almost any self aid, religious or self development book at hand will suggest, recommend or even urge you to save time for walks in the forest as much as you possibly can.

Why is sound so important for our well-being?

Your ears are on 24/7. Once your eyes are closed, all the processing power dedicated to the vision is reassigned to sound. You then hear the soundscape much better, in more details …

Our thinking part, the mind, can hope to make us believe that strong, annoying, persistent sounds or bad acoustics have no influence on us. In fact, the impact takes place anyway, it has even happened before any choice from “our behalf” can be made.

To give you an idea of the processing speeds of different parts of our brain: the thoughts you have, the decisions or ideas generated, all this happens in a window of a few hundred milliseconds. It’s very slow compared to other instinctive or intuitive processes in some of your brain regions that work in milliseconds. So keep in mind that even if your mind thinks itself as fast, a very old process, a little simplistic, is already proving faster: You are ready to run away, to stress or fight, your reptilian brain has managed the whole process, you hardly realize what is going on, but the game is already played …

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Stokata IO is an Immersive / Imaginary / Invisible / Infinite Orchestra & multichannel concert. Stokata IO also is a conference/expérience on the future of audio or an Art Installation, depending on the demand and context.

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