Interface for arranging sound in space
Sound in 3D is far from a new invention, but due to technological development and more sophisticated equipment in private homes, there is going to be a much greater use of 3D sound in the future. There is a need for an interface for arranging sound in space that is more intuitive and easy to use than those available today.
In my diploma project I have developed an interface for arranging sound in space. Throughout this project one of my goals has been to explore new ways of interacting with a system for making sound compositions.
Several alternative solutions were considered and evaluated, and eventually a final concept was chosen and developed. This was evaluated with potential users and received good response.
I propose a solution inspired by a magic wand and the conductor's baton; a physical tool for placing sound in space. Furthermore, I show how a graphical user interface for this solution can be shaped for a vertical touch-screen.
The project has achieved the majority of its objectives, although further work is needed in the area of detailing, prototyping and testing the solution.
A detailed report can be downloaded from box.net
Workflow: prepare sound, place sound and fine tune the composition
Context: sound recording studio with speakers in floor and ceiling
Sound is placed within the kinesphere of the body
The graphical user interface of the touch-screen
Mock-up of the sound pointer
The buttons and functionality of the sound pointer