3D audiobook production & commercial publication
Photo: Natalie McQuade
Approaching the third decade of the XXI century, words such as “writing” or “publishing” should suggest a wider range of meanings.
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Who has ever really listened to a word?
When it comes to listening to words, ears commonly tend to focus on a limited range of decoding processes. From meaning to subliminal tone and intensity clues, most of the cognitive effort goes into ‘understanding’ the speaker. From a broader aural point of view, that’s quite a poor listening, even for a single spoken word. Spoken words are not just symbols –such as those flat, typed words on a screen or on paper– but real things, physical objects, living events in our 3-dimensional world.
“In a time of building simple things, building something sophisticated is a revolutionary act.”
Beyond simply reinforcing temporal and spatial cues in the audio and/or visual realms of digital experience, haptics or touch feedback is approaching the point of being a field of content in its own right. As the sense of touch is integrated more and more into mainstream digital interfacing, new possibilities emerge for multimodal complexity and subtlety in design. With careful attention paid to proprioception –or the perception of body-in-space– so as not to disrupt the integrity or ‘believability’ of the experience, degrees of immersion can be crafted.