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.
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.
We've released a number of pilot productions on BBC Taster.
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.
Pick A Part
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.
The Vostok-K Incident
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.
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 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 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.
1927's Decameron Nights
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".