by Mitch Turnbull

‘EarthSongs’ is a beguiling, playful and creative interactive audio-visual mixed reality app, that explores natural soundscapes through play, experimentation and creation while highlighting the beauty and importance of sounds in nature to our wellbeing and cultural heritage. The app is introduced by a volumetrically captured hologram of Sir David Attenborough.

Designed for the Magic Leap One headset incorporating the Sennheiser Ambeo AR One, “transparent audio”, individual unique sounds from nature are represented by beautiful, visual interactive motifs. Multiple layers within the app allow players to discover different natural habitats as well as different ways to interact and play with natural sounds, including spatially placing them in a room. The app also allows players to make recordings, enabling the creation of personalised natural soundscapes and symphonies.

The prototype for the app presents two interactive visual motifs on the Magic Leap headset that represent two wild sounds from Papua New Guinea. The wild sounds will be delivered spatialised to the headset through the Magic Leap APK.

About the Team

Creator and project lead, Mitch Turnbull is an award-winning natural history and conservation filmmaker.

Project creative technologists, All Seeing Eye, are made up of Ollie Lindsey (Creative Director), Olie Kay (Creative Lead) and Adam Child (Head of Development).

Luke Reed leads on sound design and implementation.

Creator and Project Lead

Mitch Turnbull is a highly experienced, award-winning filmmaker who has made conservation and natural history 16:9 and VR content for broadcasters, studios and organisations for over 20 years. Clients include Oculus, Disneynature, BBC Earth, The Smithsonian Channel, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel and the UN. She has acted as a VR Advisory Associate to BAFTA and was recently made a South West Creative Technology Network Immersion Fellow, carrying out research into how immersive technology influences opinion and changes behaviour in conservation and humanitarian advocacy content.

Developers & Creative Producers

All Seeing Eye is an award-winning creative studio known for their immaculate art work, seamless Apps and immersive experiences across a range of immersive technologies, including developing projects for Magic Leap. All Seeing Eye’s clients include BBC, National Theatre, Aardman, Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures, Epic Games, Royal Shakespeare Company.

Creative Director: Ollie Lindsey.
Development: Adam Child.
Creative Lead: Olie Kay.

Audio Director & Sound Designer

Luke Reed is lecturer at University of West of England in audio and music technology with a practice-led postgraduate and professional specialism in audio-visual post-production for film, games and digital-media. He is also a South West Creative technology Network Academic Immersion Fellow with extensive experience in spatial and 3D audio design and build. A recent VR project included the recording and spatial build/design of the Paraorchestra’s live sound installation, Anatomy of The Orchestra, performed across four floors of Bristol’s Colston Hall.


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