Social research - DIY culture, from music management (digital and online manipulation) to music performance and technology.
Creative Commons and Free Music Archive to Digital Heritage and Openair
Notions of LO-FI, DIY tools and methodologies, fieldwork and practice - mobile devices such as smart phones are now capable of recording audio to fairly high standards, video and photography potentially facilitating a Guerilla set of small portable devices that can be used on site quickly and fairly discretely.
Practical demo and performance with visuals and live manipulation of reverbs - visuals will show the acoustic space of the reverbs.
"Using limited resources does not depreciate the value of the artefact, it just changes it" Dr. P Oliver and Nick Green 2015
DIY culture can be applied to acoustic ecology, methodologies are emerging that mean IRs can be taken in historically significant or sensitive sites. These can be used as an impressionistic acoustic signature archive. Increasingly acousticians, architects, historians, anthropologists and archaeologists are finding use in convolved reverb studies and archives, indeed a new interdisciplinary field of research is evolving to include IR archives, archaeoacoustics.
IR recordings made with relatively new battery powered portable equipment and mobile technology can facilitate access to remote locations otherwise previously out of realms to electro-acousticians. Dr. Riatta Rainnio of Helsinki University used a starters pistol being fired as the IR and a pair of DPA omnidirectional transducers attached to a Zoom handheld recorder to record the acoustic signature of painted cliffs in North Finland. Dr. Rainnio is an anthropologist historian.
Of course IR archives can have obvious use in sound design and music production, a deconloved reverb applied to a studio recorded acoustic guitar can instantly add spatial context and most would agree makes it sound more exciting. The ability to dial up the reverb from recordings taken in the crypt of Rosslyn Chapel is an appealing one that captures the imagination, in the right setting this can be experienced in performance also.
The rambling thoughts and musings of an audio engineer/sound designer turned archaeoacoustician