National Physical Laboratory

Hacking the reverb chamber, and spreading whispers

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Recorded: 20 March 2012

Speakers: Ian Butterworth

Related: Mathematics and Scientific Computing

Hacking the reverb chamber, and spreading whispers...

A talk about hacking in the name of science(ish)... (with interactive demos and plenty to listen to).

Ian, along with Christian Baker, both from NPL's Acoustics Group, recently took part in a couple of 'hack days' - an event during the weekend where computer developers, designers and people with ideas gather to build 'cool stuff'.

Basically, 24 hours of music-app speed-coding seeing hundreds of developers coming together to make something music related.

London Music Hack Day (December 2011, at the Barbican Centre)
Ian and Christian were in the very lucky position of having access to the NPL Reverberation Chamber, where sounds can reverberate up to 40 seconds at low frequencies. They came up with the idea of 'CloudChamber', a website where you could hear music that you've uploaded to SoundCloud.com played in the Reverberation Chamber.The hack won the award for the best use of SoundCloud, and the Guardian's Developer blog called it 'awe-inspiring'!

Last Updated: 3 Jun 2013
Created: 21 Mar 2012

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