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New Surround Sound Effort perhaps of interest
Old 15th July 2017
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Whenever I read of "x00 speakers were employed to realize the effect for the assembled audience" I put it into the 'art music installation' camp.

The intriguing aspect is always how successfully it can be collapsed down and translate to either 2-stereo or 4/5- surround, or 3D/VR headphone listening.

One has to suspend skepticism and applaud each such attempt, as the "next breakthrough" might eventuate from just such bold experiments, which typically involve a marriage of art and physics. You never know where the next innovation might hail from ?
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What I need, truly, is a room where the walls and ceiling are made of loudspeakers. So many speakers, so close together, that they become structural elements (who needs 2x4s?). A million dollars or so in speakers and amplifiers (and HVAC to keep it all cool) will just sound so much better...

It's actually nice and interesting that people do these kinds of experiments. Research doesn't have to be practical.
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I really liked the article which shows that innovative research in this area is going on in America too.

As we know, these research topics all come from the research in Germany where wave-field synthesis and surround playback is a major research topic for many decades already.

Gunter Theil is one of the main researchers in wave-field synthesis.

The Tonmeistertagung 2016 held last November in Cologne showed off many of the topics talked about in the NYT article.
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I'll bet "He slowly fell...." was interesting in the space it was composed for, the downmix is some cool sounds that swish back and forth in a fairly linear manner, not even as good a simulation of 3d audio as the Facebook Spatializer can make. I've attended concerts in various multispeaker venues and feel like works composed for those rooms, that take advantage of what the rooms can do, don't translated well to headphones or stereo speaker setups. I think the real current challenge for all surround media is figuring out how to make the pieces work on headphones and moderate-price home TV systems, not just Atmos-equipped movie theatres and spectacularly expensive bespoke concert halls. I understand this is being worked on.
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