- Acoustic transportation
Acoustic transportation is a process that was developed by
John Maxwell Hobbsand David Hykes.
In 1995, Hobbs and Hykes worked together with
Lauren Dyer Amazeen, Michel Redolphiand Luc Martinezto created the Virtual Abbey. The Virtual Abbeywas the first realization of acoustic transportation a process in which the acoustics from a distant location are applied to source signals in real time. In this case, a performance by Hykes and the Harmonic Choirat The Kitchenwas placed in the acoustic space of le Thornet Abbeyin southern France using ISDN lines and a low-latency hardware audio codec. A camera crew from French television transmitted video of the abbey to the performance space in New York, while images of the group were sent to France. There were audiences in both locations for the performance. Additionally, the ambient noises produced by the audience in New York were transmitted as well in order to create the sense of the concert being completely located in the abbey.
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