"Developing a creative practice for immersive audio as a means of historical and cultural heritage conservation."
Spatial Audio, Immersive Sound, and 3D Audio are terms being increasingly pitched to us from the marketing departments of major technology companies across the world. Apple, Samsung, Google, and Facebook have all taken steps to create in their mobile phones, smart speakers, and televisions an immersive experience, often accompanied by a Dolby Atmos logo declaring their allegiance to the company behind this immersive audio revolution. Whilst this technology grips the imagination of consumers, its implementation outside of gimmick has yet to be developed effectively into a tool for education, heritage, or conservation. This interdisciplinary project seeks to establish how this expanding technology can be implemented in these contexts to enhance and protect our understanding of history and culture in the coming age of immersive technology experiences.
Thomas Baynes is an award-winning British composer of concert, film, and multimedia music. Described as ‘authentic, elegant, and multifaceted’,1 Thomas’ musical voice seeks to strike a balance between the intimate aesthetics of contemporary chamber music and cutting-edge sound technologies. In demand by filmmakers and performers alike for his original musical energy, Thomas seeks with each new project to drive his music further into new creative fields and expand what it means to authentically connect with and experience musical worlds through his ‘beautifully presented’ compositions.2 His stylistic use of both live and studio-recorded sampling and electronics stand Thomas out in the field as a leading composer of mixed media music.
Thomas holds a Bachelor of Music (with First-class Honours) degree from the University of London, for which he attended Royal Holloway and Bedford New College on a music scholarship (2016) and graduated with the university’s composition award and a dissertation on the concept of idealism and transcendence in large musical works (2019). With support from Royal Holloway and The Touchet Trust Thomas remained at university to obtain a Master of Music (with Distinction) in Historical Musicology with a dissertation on the idea of pleasure in the aesthetics of minimalist music (2020). Thomas is currently undertaking a fully funded PhD in Music (Composition) under composers Nina Whiteman and Tom Parkinson (2021-).
1 Aaron Holloway-Nahum, a leading international composer and conductor.
2 Johnathan Willcocks, Festival Conductor of the famous Leith Hill Musical Festival and former director of the Junior Academy at the Royal Academy of Music in London.