10 Ways Spatial 3D Audio is Changing the Way We Tell Stories

Binaural recording and spatial 3D audio is changing the way we tell stories. Because of the all-encompassing nature of 3D, it puts the listener right in the middle of the action. It also isn’t just reserved for music, as people in all forms of entertainment can use binaural audio. Here are 10 ways the technology is bringing story telling to a whole new level.

1. It’s effective in EVERY form of storytelling.

People can share personal experiences, films, theatre, dances, hobbies, and even adventures from around the world in this format. There is a wide range in the types of stories being told as well as the ways in which they are being shared. Music videos, podcasts, and shows can all be done with 3D sound in a way we’ve never heard before. Binaural audio, no matter the story or the form of art, can be useful and effective.

2. Anyone can be a storyteller.

With different types of stories comes different types of storytellers. It is no longer limited to people with extensive knowledge and/or experience with audio (while people can, it is no longer required). There are no prerequisites to telling stories and making art, then being able to share it with the world. 

3. Mobility.

3D recording can take place anywhere. With different types of handheld and wireless equipment, recording can be taken around the world, with no worries of having to be restricted to a specific space. That just means more cool stuff to record, and way more places to explore

4. Space.

In regards to music, 3D has changed the way that artists think about space. Because 3D recording picks up sound in the space that you hear it, your recording space then becomes the space in which your viewer gets transported to. Therefore, the placement of musicians and sounds becomes a very important part of this art form. But musicians aren’t the only ones that you can record–the rolling thunder above your head and the water running through your feet is an amazing thing to experience via 3D audio. Any space can be explored. 

5. Being present in the art.

3D sound is special because it is immersing the viewer completely in what you are doing. It places you in the center of the action and therefore, the viewer gets to experience the music and space as if they are physically present. It’s a great way to get people to connect with art, emotions, and especially music in live performances. 

6. Bringing different aspects of art together.

Because anyone can be a storyteller now, that also lifts the restrictions on what kind of art can be done with 3D sound. There is no specific genre of music that people are sticking to. While sound design obviously plays a big part, it is no longer limited to just music–people (like myself) are collaborating with visual art in exhibits to elicit emotions, and others are telling gripping stories via podcasts.

7. Bringing people together.

Just as music and stories do, 3D sound is bringing people together. No matter what their background with 3D sound is, it opens the door for ideas, communication, innovation and an endless possibility for creation with people of all different art backgrounds. There no longer a closed door to people who don’t understand or aren’t as technologically advanced–if you have an idea, someone else will bond with you and make it happen. Passion and art brings people together. 


8. Empathy

In a time when it seems most people live behind screens, it can hard to connect with others over digital platforms. Binaural 3D audio lets us walk in other’s shoes, bringing better understanding and empathy to the people around us. We can really understand people’s journeys, stories, and get a taste of how they feel.


9. It causes us to LISTEN.

Most people don’t even realize that the microphone on their phone captures mono audio. They also don’t realize that a phone recording, while convenient, doesn’t have the depth to it that recording with a proper microphone gives you. When we have a device that allows us to capture sound the way we hear it, like the Hooke Verse (www.hookeaudio.com) we begin to consciously think about the way our world sounds.

10. A new era of audio based marketing.

Audio-based user experiences are stepping into the spotlight as a fresh medium for sensory stimuli, and brands are taking notice. We see more new technology trends emerging every day, and they are marketed to the community and with specific niches and targets.

3D audio is an innovation in technology and the art that we create with it is a feat in itself. This gives us as creators and storytellers the ability to get more from our art and to connect with our listeners on a deeper more realistic level.

Keep on listening!
Hooke Audio Team Member

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