Non-virtual

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

It’s interesting to see that computers have become so fast that something can be referred to as “non-virtual” without there being even at touch of irony. Non-virtual. That means it’s real, right?

And so it is. Some folks in Germany have put a “non-virtual” reverb devise on line. Tank-FX is literally that: a huge, 11 meter tank quipped with speakers and microphones, all hooked up to a unix computer with a website front end. Anyone can load in their own sounds, have it piped through the tank, and returned to your computer in real time. So, yes, non-virtual. No algorithms, no coding. Your sounds actually get to push real air around a real reverberant space.

What will they think of next? A non-virtual Second Life? Oh, wait, we have that already. It’s called reality.

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