Scalable Audio Frameworks For Immersive Realtime Experiences (SAFFIRE)
Immersive Interactive Audio
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Impact Accelerator Award
British Broadcast Corporation (BBC)
The AudioLab at the University of York, in collaboration with BBC R&D and the BBC Singers, will present the next generation immersive and interactive networked performance experience for the Metaverse. This transformative project will deliver a novel framework where performers at remote locations can come together in a shared virtual performance space, whereby remote audiences can interact and engage in the experience. The application will be completely scalable, and technologically democratic for use with, mobile phone, headphones or loudspeakers. BBC Maida Vale studio 2, the home of the BBC Singers, and a venue of significant musical heritage will serve as the acoustic for the experience. A pilot will be showcased at the Audio Engineering Society Spatial Audio Conference in 2023, followed by a public virtual mass choir workshop, culminating in a newly commissioned piece to be performed at the BBC Singers' centenary concert in London's Barbican.