Virtualise A Forest Through The Eyes Of Its Creatures

In the Eyes of the Animal is the latest installation by Marshmallow Laser Feast, commissioned by the AND Festival and set in Grizedale Forest, the Lake District forest in the UK. The project takes visitors on a fascinating journey that allows them to fly above the forest canopy, come face-to-face with hi-definition critters and embody various animals as they traverse the Grizedale landscape.

The visual engine communicates with a 3D Audio Engine to provide positional data as well as head tracking data from the Inertial sensors of VR headset. The sound uses Binaural audio, a technique mimicking the natural functioning of the ear by creating an illusion of 3D space and movement around the head of the listener as immersive as reality can be. Sounds were recorded in Grizedale forest and spatialised using custom built 3D sound tools by company Two Big Ears. Sounds move around the listener at 360° as well as up and down, adapting to the trajectory, head movements and visual experience of the listener. The audio experience was further extended beyond headphones to the whole body through bass vibration.

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