A New Vision For Sound: Chris Milk Breaks Down How “Beck: Hello, Again” Was Made
By Rae Anne Fera
Modern interactive experiences are meant to be immersive, inviting people into a well-crafted world and handing over the narrative controls. But barriers to true immersion remain: a keyboard or mouse to navigate, and an audio track that usually squeaks out of tinny laptop speakers.
All that has changed with “Beck: Hello, Again,” an interactive concert that not only allows people to control what they’re seeing by moving their head, but it serves up an astounding 360-degree binarual audio experience that makes it feel as if you’ve been dropped right in the middle of the action.
While those in the audience enjoyed the unique aural event, Milk (known for his interactive pieces like Arcade Fire’s The Wilderness Downtown and The Johnny Cash Project) also worked to replicate the moment online. The site managed to make viewers feel a part of a rare and intimate experience, evolved the mechanics of interactive navigation, and invented a brand-new head-shaped, 360-degree binaural recording device in the process. We asked Milk to break it down for us.