SCAPE is an interactive immersive audio device for outdoor spaces, consisting of SCAPE headphones and the SCAPE app, which enables you to create and experience
hyperrealistic 3D audio soundscapes.
SCAPE allows for a complete immersion into a virtual soundscape on a real location, on an interactive level. Maybe you want to solve a Jack the Ripper murder mystery radio play while walking through the real streets of London? Maybe you want to witness the fall of the Berlin wall amidst the crowd of 1989 while standing on the real Alexanderplatz? Maybe you want to walk through a virtual orchestra while chilling in the city park?
By using SCAPE you can become a part of any happening, scenery, context. The combination of virtual sounds and real spaces on an interactive level provides an immensely powerful experience and surprising new perspectives.
The virtual soundscapes are especially realistic as SCAPE uses position and head tracking of the user. Therefore, all virtual sounds are 'fixed' in the real environment, just as 'real' sounds would be. On top of that, SCAPE uses binaural audio to make all virtual sounds appear in 3D – which means you can hear the sounds not only in front, left and right, as normal stereo would do, but also above, below and behind you. Furthermore SCAPE scans for real buildings around you in order to emulate sound reflections and reverberation which are applied to the virtual sounds. This truly makes SCAPE a hyperrealistic sound experience!
SCAPE is developed by a team of 3D audio enthusiasts and is currently applied to a range of projects. More information coming soon!
Project Management – Paul Hadwiger
Dramaturgy – Peter Roloff
Programming & technical research – Tom Bisson
Sound supervision & artistic assistance – Patrick Muller
Additional programming – Daniel Juncker
Organisation assistance – Marcel Dux
Graphic Design – Viola von Zadow
Paul Hadwiger and Tom Bisson presenting SCAPE at the Radio Innovation Day
Tom Bisson, Patrick Muller, Paul Hadwiger checking on the SCAPE devices and software
Experts talk with Egil from The AWE
Marcel Dux, Tom Bisson, Paul Hadwiger at the Media Convention