Rodolphe Alexis

AMBEOエキスパートストーリー

Audio Augmented Reality and Field Recording

For my field recordings in protected areas of Southeast Asia, I used the AMBEO VR Mic not because I wanted to create 3D videos. My intention was rather to use the material for a geolocated audio application on smartphones.

I initiated this comprehensive project in cooperation with the NGO Opération Canopée in the context of a residence with the Institut Français of Paris with the intention of acoustically documenting primary forests and interpreting musical patterns in the sounds of nature.

The research for this (which will probably extend to future expeditions) would not have been possible without the valuable support of the The National University of Arts and Culture in Yangon and the organisations Fauna & Flora International in Myanmar, The Gibbon Experience in Laos and Kalaweit in Indonesia.

I am familiar with the MKH series, characterised by a high microphone sensitivity, a great signal-to-noise ratio and excellent moisture resistance (which is perfect for nature recordings), so I had some concerns about using the AMBEO VR Mic alongside an IRT cross and a classic stereo microphone. Above all, I wondered how well the microphone would work in the tropical zone, where temperatures and humidity are very high.

„But from humid grottos to dusty-hot dunes, from swamps during the monsoon to the high canopy – the AMBEO VR Mic has never disappointed me.“
Rodolphe Alexis

Adjustments are quick and easy, and it proves to be very robust. Even the delicate cables are much more durable than it seems. For field use, I also appreciate that the microphone is so compact and easy to set up despite it being a bit heavy.

I already knew that I could expect good results for nearby events – like performances of small traditional music ensembles. However, I was a little sceptical about using the microphone in the open field for more distant sound sources, for which one would rather use a non-coincident stereo system, with a difference based on time rather than intensity.
But the AMBEO VR Mic convinced me with its low intrinsic noise and exceptional sound quality for a microphone of its price range.

The B format’s possibilities for downmixing are unbeatable: It is flexible and provides the option to change the hearing angles in post-production.

In addition to traditional broadcast productions, I am starting to use the B-format for multi-channel installations and audio solutions in the development of mobile apps.

About Rodolphe Alexis

As a sound designer and sound engineer, his practice takes on various forms that are in dialogue with other fields of art (installation, sculpture, performance, radio).

As a teacher, he works in art and music schools and coordinates the creation of the SoundWays.eu AR audio platform for museum and artist projects.

And as an associate curator of the Mu collective, he participates in various electro-acoustic projects and is developing a personal method for field recording.

His current sound project in Southeast Asia has been supported by the Scam and the Hors les Murs program of the Institut Français.

About Rodolphe Alexis

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ヘンリク・オッパーマン

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マイケル・エングマン・ロンナウ

マイケル・エングマン・ロンナウは、25年にわたり音楽業界で活躍しています。10代でミュージシャンとしてのキャリアをスタートさせ、1992年にスタジオでの仕事に主軸を移しました。現在はプロフェッショナルオーディオの販売を手掛けるかたわら、ミュージシャンとしての活動やFOHミックスの制作、自宅に設けたProToolsスタジオの運営に従事しています。

コモ・ジャリバート

コモ・ジャリバートは、2002年にサウンドエンジニア兼サウンドデザイナーとしてキャリアをスタートさせました。没入型サウンドを追求し続け、サラウンドサウンドによるさまざまな試みを行っています。現場では、サウンドを「聴く」のではなく「感じる」ことを重視しており、これまでに映画やTV、ビデオゲーム、トランスメディア、VRなど多様な作品を手掛けてきました。最もよく知られた作品に映画『ミニスキュル~森の小さな仲間たち~』のサウンドデザイン、および世界初のタッチスクリーン用スクロールグラフィックノベル『Phallaina(パッライナ)』のサウンドスケープ制作があります。

Nicolas Büchi

Nicolas Büchi (*1982) is a scientific researcher in the Cast / Audiovisual Media specialization, Department of Design at the Zurich University of the Arts.

Thomas Rechberger

Thomas is a Swiss musician, music producer and sound designer. He has been working as an audio pro on all sides of the microphone for more than 20 years: As the lead guitarist of the band Lovebugs, he has played more than 1,000 concerts in Europe, recorded 13 albums, including several number-one singles, and received a number of Golden Record awards.

Fabian Knauber

As a studied acoustician, Fabian Knauber has acquired a broad theoretical knowledge of room acoustics, 3D audio and binaural technology which he complements by his practical experience as a freelance sound technician. Along with live sound and studio productions, his core areas of expertise include elaborate speaker-based installations and 3D sound for virtual reality.

Stephen Vitiello

Stephen Vitiello is an electronic musician and media artist. CD releases have been published by New Albion Records, Sub Rosa, 12k and Room 40. His sound installations and multi-channel works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon.

Little Konzett

Little Konzett is an Austrian producer, recording, mix and mastering engineer, musician and owner of „Little Big Beat Studios“. The studios are based in the Western part of Austria and in Liechtenstein.

Rodolphe Alexis

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Martin Rieger

Martin Rieger labels his profession as 360° sound production, which sees him taking a holistic approach to virtual reality productions, taking more elements into account in the recording and mixing process than traditionally, and crafting the storytelling throughout the entire process.
With his studies in media technology and production, he has a good overview of technologies in exceed of audio.

Dávid Rikk

Budapest based live sound engineer Dávid Rikk, is the head of sound at Akvárium Klub, Hungary’s biggest indoor venue with multiple concert halls. His primary goal is to bring concerts closer to the audience by creating a massive yet still dynamic sounding show and transmit the personality and intimacy of the performing artist. This attitude is behind creating AMBEO 360 @ Akvárium Klub series.

Katarina Hagstedt

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Georg Bleikolm

Georg Bleikolm was born in Lausanne and settled in Zurich 15 years ago. His heart oscillates between music, science, technology and media. Before he decided to concentrate on his solo projects “KnoR” Georg Bleikolm toured worldwide as a drummer with various bands for a decade and worked as a music producer.

アンドレ マヨ

AES(Audio Engineering Society)の前プレジデントであるアンドレ マヨは1992年からオーディオエンジニアとしてやプロデューサーとして活動してきたマスタリング分野における先駆者です。アナログ、CD、DVD、ブルーレイ、ストリーミング、360度立体オーディオなどのあらゆるフォーマットの音楽アルバムを3,000枚以上手掛けています。

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