Edinburgh firm features in Björk’s retrospective

Audio firm Two Big Ears is currently showecased at MOMA, the New York Museum of Modern Art, as part of its involvement in Songlines, an interactive journey through singer Björk’s albums.

The Museum is presenting a retrospective of the multifaceted work of composer, musician, and singer. It draws from more than 20 years of the artist’s daring and innovative projects and her eight full-length albums to chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, and costumes.

Songlines presents an interactive, location-based audio experience through her albums, with a biographical narrative that is both personal and poetic.

Working with an international team,  Edinburgh-based Two Big Ears used its ‘3Dception’ technology to power the location-based augmented audio experience.

3Dception is a real-time audio and environmental modelling engine. It allows people to hear sounds above, below, behind or any point in space around you over any pair of headphones.

It is cross-platform, requires no additional hardware, is low latency and “blazingly fast”, says the company. “It enables you to hear sounds with full elevation and front-back effects up to a resolution of a single degree”.

Andrew Melchior, of Third Space Agency and the producer of Björk Songlines, said: “Only the 3Dception engine could provide us with the audiophile quality and ease of integration our creative and technical approach for the Björk Songlines project demanded.

“The Two Big Ears team and their audio programming expertise were key in our ability to provide visitors to Björk’s show the revolutionary head tracking psychoacoustic spatialised audio experience the artist had visualised for presenting her pure audio work to MoMA audiences.”

The exhibition runs until 7 June.