The VASAR Project

MagicBeans, Warner Music and the University of Huddersfield team up for Next-Gen Audio Project


MagicBeans, Warner Music UK and the University of Huddersfield’s Applied Psychoacoustics Lab (APL) have teamed up in a groundbreaking audio R&D project that has received backing from public body UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The Volumetric Audio Synthesis for Augmented Reality (VASAR) project aims to improve immersive experiences for music fans. 

Through innovative improvements to audio technology and engineering practice, the project aims to shorten production times and decrease costs, while greatly improving the realism and audience experience for augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) content.

 The project focuses on the creation of ‘6 Degrees of Freedom’ (6DOF) audio content.  It means that fans virtually inserting themselves into a gig would hear the experience differently as they walked around, just as they would in real life.  

 The three partners have been awarded an 18-month R&D grant from UKRI, the British government’s non-departmental public body for innovation and research.