Microsoft wanted to creative an interactive music video in binaural surround sound. The big challenge here was they wanted to capture all the sound in binaural using the Lumia 930 for all the audio recording. I provided technical direction, prototyping, testing and field recording enabling the team to use the phone for all the audio recording. I also creativly directed the finished product. Read a blog about it here. With: Prides
I produced the world's first object based radio drama. I worked with BBC Radio 4's production of "Pinocchio" to create the programme as a set of assets and metadata so that they could be reassembled dynamically to suit the client device, environment and individual listener prefernces. The project received a BBC Radio Innovation Award nomination in 2013. Read my BBC blog post about it here.
I co-invented the concept of Perceptive Media and produced the world's first example. Perceptive Media are programmes that are created in a way that allows them to respond to the viewer or listener and adapt to better suit the individual audience member's needs: resulting in television or radio programmes that can react in a similar fashion to responsive web. This was the first attempt to produce and distribute a radio programme in a way that allows the storytelling to adapt to suit the listener. "Breaking Out" was a radio drama that sets itself in the listener's location. Listen to the production here (requires a Chrome web-browser).Read the BBC News story about the work here.
I conceived and managed the team that produced a BBC Radio 5 Live football experience which allowed listeners to choose the seat from where they wanted to hear the football match. Listeners could also choose the balance between crowd and commentary audio levels. I built the first prototype and directed a team of 5 engineers to build a html5 player and the streaming infrastructure required to deliver the live experience. This worked live for the Champions League Play-Off final from Wembley Stadium in May 2013. You can read my blog post about it here.
I designed and directed the creation the BBC Philharmonic Maestro, an installation that allowed BBC audiences to conduct the tempo and volume of a BBC Philharmonic Orchestra performance. I was responsible for conceiving the idea, building the first prototype and I directed the creation of the finished project, which was built by Magnetic North. The project used a Microsoft Kinect to control the Philharmonic's performance. The project received Webby and Design Week award nominations in 2012. More about the project can be found here. With: Magnetic North
I conceived and produced the world's first variable duration documentary. I worked with a BBC Radio 4 production team to design a narrative and workflow which delivered the linear broadcast programme and a web-based variable duration programme. The programme could be played back an any length while maintaining the integrity of the story. I led a team of experts who created a reusable technological implementation that allowed other responsive radio programmes in the future. With: BBC R&D
During the 2012 World Cup I traveled around Kenyan rural villages with an inflatable TV screen and a sattelite truck and screened the football matches that would otherwise have been missed by these communities. With the support of Google, I took a team and the equipment to Kenya and toured around rural villiages during the tourament. With: Moving the Goalposts
I devised and delivered a project investigating the benefits of using format agnostic production methods for BBC radio programmes. Providing an assessment of the impact of these processes on the production workflow and the benefit to the audience. This included working a number of high profile BBC outside broadcasts including recording performances from Elbow, The BBC Philharmonic and The Last Night of the Proms where I was responsible for the additional technology required to create an immersive experience, planning the recordings, setting them up and integrating new tefchnology with the standard broadcasting set up. With: Elbow, The Proms
I devised and implemented "The Sound of the Space", an evolving soundscape for The Spacewhich automatically reflected the site's content. This worked by regularly sampling audio from the most recent media added to the site and creating a soundscape by mixing parts of that audio together, all automatically. With: Matthew Herbert
I created the "Paper" CCTV video for the band I played with at the time. I created the video for "The Get Out Clause" by collecting CCTV video from around Manchester and editing it to fit music. The video was made on a budget of virtually nothing and was seen worldwide, viewed on YouTube over 750000 times. You can read more about this here.