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Orchestrated audio productions

Audio device orchestration can be used to create interactive and immersive audio experiences for multiple connected devices. This page lists a few examples made with BBC R&D's tools.

Example project

Listen to Getting started with orchestration | Find out more

When you're given access to Audio Orchestrator you will also receive the source files for this project. You can read more about the example project in the documentation.

Pilot productions

We've released a number of pilot productions on BBC Taster.

Spectrum Sounds

Listen to Spectrum Sounds | Find out more

Spectrum Sounds is a collection of seven short pieces of music (for different colours of the spectrum) by composer Andrew Hugill. The orchestrated version allows listeners to set up and control their own listening situation by disseminating sounds (and images) across three or more connected devices. You can choose to listen with or without spoken commentary by the composer, and a written transcript is also available to view in the application.

Audio waveforms in different colours

Pick A Part

Listen to Pick A Part (UK only) | Find out more

Pick A Part was created by BBC R&D and the BBC Philharmonic. It's a music experience; when you connect extra devices you can choose which instruments they play. It makes use of calibration mode in the prototype application to make sure that the instruments are playing in time with each other.

Promotional picture for Pick A Part, four phones with different instrument images on them on a table next to a laptop

The Vostok-K Incident

Listen to The Vostok-K Incident | Find out more

The Vostok-K Incident is a short science fiction audio drama produced by Naked Productions as part of the S3A Project. It was our first experimental orchestrated audio production, made before we built Audio Orchestrator but using the same underlying framework.

Promotional picture for the Vostok-K Incident, a phone held up in front of a laptop screen

Pilot productions no longer available

The following pilots are no longer available to listen to, but you can still follow the links to find out more.

Seeking New Gods

Seeking New Gods on BBC Taster | Find out more

Seeking New Gods is an album by musician Gruff Rhys. Gruff and the production team used Audio Orchestrator to create an immersive multi-device version of the album. The mix was designed for four or more devices (although the experience works with two or more). There's also a bonus track that can only be unlocked with five or more devices. Calibration mode can be used to ensure that devices are accurately synchronised.


Monster on BBC Taster | Find out more

Monster is a collaboration between BBC R&D and BBC Writersroom Wales. It's an immersive horror-themed audio drama telling the story of what happens when the dead return looking for answers and someone to blame. Monster lasts approximately 30 minutes and is designed to require at least three connected devices. As well as audio, the devices play timed images and lighting effects.

Promotional image for Monster, with the tile and production partner logos on top of a picture of a hand with a grainy overlay

1927's Decameron Nights

1927's Decameron Nights on BBC Taster | Find out more

Decameron Nights was created by 1927 for BBC Arts and BBC Radio 3—it started life as a stereo radio production but was reimagined for orchestrated devices. Episode 1, I'm Alright Jack, is a trio of folk tales about "looking out for number one".

Promotional picture for Decameron Nights, a drawing of five cats