reset.discover – installation for VR and ambisonics
The piece reset.discover is the result of a collaboration with composer Antonia Manhartsberger, investigating the possibilities of uniting spatial-visual and spatial-sonic elements into one abstract spatio-temporal virtual environment. The piece develops over notions of proximity and distance, thus consisting of two layers of experience. An individual point of view controlled by a VR HMD and headphones, and a correlated surrounding spatial audio loudspeaker setup. The audience is called upon to experientially discover this synthetic surrounding.
The project experiments with the idea of arrangement of sound in the spatial rather than temporal dimension. The elements of the virtual environment are sequenced spatially in the 3D environment of the Unity game engine, organised in 3 categories: Ambient-environmental, sound-object-events and gestures.
The project was first presented in January 2018, at the Institute of Electronic Music, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, and is described in greater detail in the thesis of Antonia Manhartsberger “Das soziopolitische Potential von Raummusik im Angesicht zeitgenössischer Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten” (IEM, June 2018).
“reset.discover” was exhibited in the Arts Programme of the 2019 Elevate Festival, Orpheum Extra, Graz, March 2 2019 [x]
Concept & development: Antonia Manhartsberger & Constantinos Miltiadis
Electronic music composition: Antonia Manhartsberger
Virtual environment & programming: Constantinos Miltiadis