Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Virtual Lecture

In three places at one time...

I usually try to keep Second Life work and real world work separate, but this was too interesting an opportunity to not bring them together a little. I work for a large UK University, within the School of Film, Music and Media (music area) and this has been something that I have wanted to try out for some time now...

Very early, Tuesday 17th Oct 2006 I dragged myself out of bed and prepared myself to deliver a hands-on 'Master-Class' on the subject of Sound-Design for Games.

The session was arranged by Gary Hazlitt (SL Name) and was aimed at a group of undergraduate and postgraduate students (sound-designers & screen composers) based at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, in Sydney. It was part of a day long workshop they were running investigating this area.

Earlier, the students had been divided into 2 groups and presented with an opportunity to layer soundfiles in bespoke 3D environments (either a Haunted Castle or a Spaceship scene). My session came at the end of their day and included live demonstrations of game-audio techniques, interactive sound (conducted from within a computer simulated 3D environment), amid verbal Q&A discussions.

(...oh... and we released a swarm of virtual bees to demonstrate transient sound and localisation!)

Using voice-over-IP we created a 2-way audio connection for conversation (UK <--> AUS, with my voice amplified and played into their teaching room) and also simultaneously established multiple connections to Second Life (on-line virtual-world based in San Francisco, California. The effect being as if we were all present in the same space, via USA, UK and AUS.

All in all, I feel that this was a really interesting project/experiment, with a successful outcome. The learning experience felt very real, the technology held up well and, the students were great...

Edit: A load more images, and a commentary of the day here and here. (thanks Gary).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very exciting stuff! I think in terms of education, rl and sl will start to converge more and more. I'm glad this was a success, Robbie.

19 October, 2006  
Blogger AKA Robbie Dingo said...

thanks ipenda

19 October, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Robbie,

Gary Hazlitt here. Thanks for a great write up and session. Here are even more pictures and commentary I put up on flickr.

Flickr Pics

Best regards Gary ;-)

20 October, 2006  
Blogger AKA Robbie Dingo said...

Thanks Gary, and some great RL photos there too, wow

21 October, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pls Gary, i need help in this field, i want to work on a virtual lecture for my final year project. pls any help would be appreciated. my mail address is mayobabe@yahoo.com. I'll appreciate it if u grant me audience. thanks sir

24 November, 2008  

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