Rocket Scientist Makes Breakthrough In 3D Audio

Rocket Scientist Makes Breakthrough In 3D Audio (photo)

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Edgar Choueiri’s day job is engineering work on plasma rockets for spacecraft, something that was science fiction just 20 years ago. As Princeton University’s Director of Electric Propulsion and Plasma Dynamics Laboratory, he toils in a propulsion lab on engine technology destined for NASA (and the Russian space program), but after hours he’s been making breakthroughs in 3D audio — first inspired by wanting to hear Bach reproduced perfectly through speakers. He’s developed a way to truly render sound in three dimensions, samples of which you can hear below.

Best of all, Choueiri has achieved this through the use of a digital filter that can work on any stereo recording, played through any pair of speakers — even the ones on your computer. Though, you will obviously get better results with better speakers. Tinny speakers, are tinny speakers. Listening to the broadcast, I was mildly impressed by the bird and water sounds, but when they played “Money” by Pink Floyd, the depth was incredibly apparent. Music never sounded so alive on the eight year old computer speakers I was listening to it on.

Hear for yourself, listen to the full broadcast, “Adventures in 3D Sound,” on Studio 360:

[Head to about 5:30 for the water and birds, and 6:50 if you want to hear the Pink Floyd bit.]

So what, don’t we already have surround sound, you ask? Choueiri explains that surround sound just envelops you in sound with lots of hardware, it doesn’t attempt to “reconstruct a 3D audio image,” or true natural sound. His breakthrough is with software, using an algorithm that makes stereo playback so lifelike, it simulates actually being there — whether that’s a fly buzzing around your head in 360 degrees or the reproduction of a Bach symphony so real, you can point out the direction in the room where the viola player would be sitting. Next stop for this technology: Hollywood.

Check out the video “The Science Behind 3D Sound” on Studio 360 for an in depth look at the technology. And here’s a 3D Audio Demonstration featuring water lapping on a shore so real you may have to jump in it.

3D Audio Demonstration for Speakers (not headphones).

For best results, sit in front of your computer speakers so that your ears are equidistant from the left and right speakers. You may also want to fix yourself an umbrella drink. Note: Apple MacBooks suffer from an internal audio design flaw that may prevent you from experiencing the effect of Choueiri’s 3D Sound.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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