In Stanford’s CCRMA (pronounced karma), there’s a room called the Listening Room.
In it, you’ll find the walls covered in sound absorbing panels and bass traps to create a nearly perfect silent room. Also there are over 26 speakers arranged to create an entirely immersive sound environment.
I visited the Listening Room this past weekend and my friend Byron Walker showed me what this room can do. We watched the opening sequence to Gravity and listened to the custom mix he had created for the movie.
Essentially, the speakers are arranged in a standard 7.1 surround formation three times; eye level, above, and below. Byron takes the standard 7.1 mix from the BluRay and creates a custom mix for the three levels.
Byron also created an audio, zombie game for the room that involves 6+ Wii Remotes and an infrared pistol. I sadly was unable to play the game because of the set up it required.
tl;dr Stanford has an experimental surround sound room and it’s freaking amazing.
Me: I only need these 10 units to graduate!
Admissions: Well, we consider 10 units a full time student these days, so you’ll need to pay full time tuition.
Me: I thought it was 12 units.
Admissions: Maybe you could qualify for a scholarship?
Scholarships: You technically qualify for a scholarship! …but you need to be a full time student to get it.
Me: I am! I have a full 10 units.
Scholarships: We consider 12 units as full time.
Me: I really hate you guys.