Immersive & Interactive Music Panel
That is the current interactive/immersive soundtrack practice on VR and AR platforms and what will it look like in the near future? Answering those questions are top specialists from across the industry, who provide the most comprehensive idea of immersive music creation and implementation. Topics will include ambisonics, music and audio creation, implementation and and deliverables as well as new software and hardware releases.
Clark Wen—Clark Wen is a game industry veteran, having got his start in 1997 after three years of working in traditional audio production. From working alongside Shigeru Miyamoto on the award-winning Metroid Prime series to developing the epic sound of the record-breaking Call of Duty titles, Clark has shipped dozens of titles across 16 platforms and countless sound engines. From the early days of coding sound tables in C to working with middleware platforms such as Wwise and FMOD, he has few peers with his level of experience and expertise in interactive audio. Throughout the years, he has received several accolades for his work, from being twice nominated for the prestigious BAFTA awards as well as receiving nods from the DICE, GDC, and GANG awards. He also holds several patents for his design contributions to the Guitar Hero series. IN his spare time, Clark is an avid gamer, cineaste, and world traveler.
Viktor Phoenix—Viktor Phoenix is a creative and technical audio director with expertise in interactive audio, sound design, and 3D audio with a passion for non-linear, reactive storytelling. Viktor has collaborated with partners at Felix & Paul, WEVR, MPC, Sony Pictures, MAP Design Lab, Annapurna Pictures, With.in, The New York Times, Kite & Lightning, Cloudhead Games, and ThreeOneZero on VR projects in recent years, including Documentary Emmy®-nominated The Click Effect, ADR1FT - 2016 NAVGTR winner, Sound Mixing in VR and Insurgent - Shatter Reality - 2015 Proto Awards nominee, Best Sound Design. Phoenix previously held senior positions at Technicolor, Turtle Rock Studios, and Pandemic Studios.
Julia Zuzanna Sokolowska—Julia Zuzanna Sokolowska is a media and VR composer. She’s a co-founder of Hazard VR - startup that focuses on immersive soundtrack creation and implementation with the use of ambisonics. She’s also a founder of LA’s music production hub Hollywood Arrangers. Her VR work includes commercial projects for 3D Sound Labs VR as well as VR division of Riot games. Julia has composed and arranged music for Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Empire, Troll Hunters, The Whistle and music giants including Rod Stewart, David Foster, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, El Debarge, India Arie, Judith Hill and others. She’s a winner of KOMEDA International Award for music composition and ASMAC Big Band music awards.
Catherine Joy (moderator) — Catherine recently arranged and orchestrated on the Emmy-winning Netflix doc series Wild Wild Country, music edited the Joan Jett: Band Reputation feature and was both orchestrator and score supervisor on the documentary RBG. Catherine Joy is the Executive Director for the Alliance for Women Film Composers
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