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Spatially Distributed Sound Computing and Rendering Using the Web Audio Platform

Lonce Wyse
Large multi-channel spatial audio systems have historically been play-grounds for universities and well-funded studios, but only a dream for independent composers. Similarly, 'parallel computers' were locked in research facilities, where only a few musicians ever gained access to, for example, the compute power to convolve hundreds of separate audio streams with spatiallyspecific room impulse responses. Mobile devices in the hands of audiences can quickly configure themselves into such systems at very affordable (and distributed) cost and little effort, making powerful and expressive spatially distributed musical platforms accessible to anyone today. We describe some software systems and artistic works that have been developed recently to explore some of the spatial audio capabilities of the mobile device browser platform.
            
@inproceedings{2015_26,
  abstract = {Large multi-channel spatial audio systems have historically been play-grounds for universities and well-funded studios, but only a dream for independent composers. Similarly, 'parallel computers' were locked in research facilities, where only a few musicians ever gained access to, for example, the compute power to convolve hundreds of separate audio streams with spatiallyspecific room impulse responses. Mobile devices in the hands of audiences can quickly configure themselves into such systems at very affordable (and distributed) cost and little effort, making powerful and expressive spatially distributed musical platforms accessible to anyone today. We describe some software systems and artistic works that have been developed recently to explore some of the spatial audio capabilities of the mobile device browser platform.},
  address = {Paris},
  author = {Wyse, Lonce},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the International Web Audio Conference},
  editor = {Goldszmidt, Samuel and Schnell, Norbert and Saiz, Victor and Matuszewski, Benjamin},
  month = {January},
  pages = {},
  publisher = {IRCAM},
  series = {WAC '15},
  title = {Spatially Distributed Sound Computing and Rendering Using the Web Audio Platform},
  year = {2015},
  ISSN = {2663-5844}
}