Faust Environment Everyware (ANR Blanc Project, 10/2013, 42 months)
The FEEVER project aims at providing the key technologies that will make the whole digital world sing, be it when web surfing at home or listening to a radio stream on the go.
Imagine a world in which an audio engineer would design a new reverberation algorithm and post its implementation somehow on the Internet. A listener, looking for a richer audio experience, could use it by browsing the corresponding site, which would automatically lead to the download and activation of the corresponding sound processing snippet in her browser or even reroute her audio stream to the remote reverb site for processing. Equipping the reverb site with remote management capabilities paves the way to even richer sound installations in which multiple processing platforms would collaborate to provide to the user a dedicated listening environment; a couple of touches on her tablet, and audio parameters could be tuned to suit a changing situation, for instance when moving from the comfort of her home to the noisier environment of her car.
FEEVER intends to make such a vision a reality. Yet, scientific and technical challenges abound, while the technological solutions need to be: