The Metalab visits the OSM to conduct initial tests of ambisonic sound capture in order to record the acoustic response of the amphitheatre and the orchestra led by Kent Nagano.
The research team is working to transpose the audio renderings of the 2020 recording into a virtual environment. It is now possible to navigate in a sound space with 6 degrees of freedom, i.e. with total freedom of movement and orientation in space, and to hear the music that has been recorded in a spatialized way.
A visual dimension is added to the project with the creation of a 3D representation of the sound content. The goal is to enhance the user’s experience of navigating the 3D environment of the Maison symphonique. This addition brings the audience closer to the movements of the musicians and allows them to understand the relationship between the recorded music and the musicians’ performance in the hall.
A new phase of the project began in 2023 incorporating new research themes, including immersive audio and visual broadcasting in real time in a virtual environment. For this purpose, technical tests conducted by the Metalab were carried out in March during two full days with 12 musicians of the OSM specially gathered for the occasion. The orchestra performed a piece that was captured live, both from a spatialized audio point of view and in terms of the musicians’ movements. Steve Reich’s Sextet was chosen for the occasion.
With this collaboration, the Metalab intends to push the limits of immersive broadcasting and take up the challenge of reproducing, live, a symphonic concert in the virtual space of the SAT, Satellite.
Compared to a conventional music listening experience that offers a one-dimensional recording of an orchestra, the project develops an immersive sound and visual experience out of the ordinary. You will be able to walk around the stage, among the musicians and the conductor. You will also be able to settle somewhere in the virtual concert hall, all the while experiencing the sound quality of the music as it is at that precise location. This experience would therefore offer a listening experience that cannot be experienced even when attending a concert at the Maison symphonique.
This project involved various expertises and required the collaboration of several innovation departments. We would like to thank Metalab members Nicolas Bouillot, Bruno Colpron, Emmanuel Durand, Alexandra Marin, Jean-Yves Munch, Émile Ouellet-Delorme, Thomas Piquet, Zack Settel, and Carl Talbot, as well as Olivier Gauthier and Rachel Germain, from the Valorisation sector.
We would also like to thank our partner, the OSM, for their contribution, especially Yumi Palleschi and Ana Barrett, as well as the musicians who took part in the recording: Chris James (flute 1), Catherine Chabot (flute 2), Alain Desgagné (clarinet 1), Ludovic Lesage-Hinse (clarinet 2), Jean-Sébastien Roy (violin 1), Abby Walsh (violin 2), Zachariah Reff (cello 1), Elie Boissinot (cello 2), Corey Rae (vibraphone 1), Josh Wynnyk (vibraphone 2), Brigitte Poulin (piano 1), Pamela Reimer (piano 2).