Here you can find edited video highlights, blogs and reports from BPI’s Insight Sessions, sponsored by Bowers and Wilkins.
The views expressed in the BPI Insight Sessions are personal to the panelists and do not necessarily reflect those of the BPI or imply endorsement.
The Future Of...Recorded Music
19th April 2023
This session marked the first in a new series 'BPI Insight Session 50' which will be made up of three events across the year looking ahead to the next 50 years of innovation in music. The BPI Insight Session 50 series has taken “the next 50 years” as its theme and will look to celebrate today’s diverse, innovative and progressive UK music industry. As a central element, the BPI has commissioned the highly respected futurologist Sofie Hvitved of the Copenhagen Institute of Future Studies, to present keynote addresses for each of the three planned events, tailored toward different topics, technologies and opportunities for the UK record industry.
The BPI in association with Bowers & Wilkins presented 'The Future of… Recorded Music' at Abbey Road Studio Two.
Innovation Manager at Abbey Road Red, Karim Fanous, presented the history of Abbey Road, the world’s first-ever custom-built recording studio, and its rich history of technological innovation.
Special guest speaker Sofie Hvitved, Futurist and Senior Advisor from The Copenhagen Institute For Future Studies explores the art of future studies, the modern music consumer, and the role that music might continue to play.
Rasika D'Souza, Futuresource Consulting, presented ‘The Audio Industry In Numbers’, a fascinating deep dive into the audio industry, from its evolution to the most current consumer trends and behaviours.
Sofie Hvitved, Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies led an expert panel with: Rasika D'Souza - Futuresource Consulting, Andy Kerr - Bowers & Wilkins, Steven Price - Academy and BAFTA Award-winning Film Composer
Exploring Immersive Audio
30th November 2022
The latest in our popular insights series was an exploration of immersive audio- from what it actually is, what the consumer market is looking like, through to the production and creative opportunities making this a technology worth knowing about.
Read about the Insight Session in full from our Innovation Manager, Amalie Briden here!
Listening Experience: ODEN, Simon Connor
Please click here to find a listening experience, kindly provided to BPI members by musician Simon Connor and filmmaker Andrew Brooks. Whilst any headphones will work, over-ear headphones will provide the best listening experience to demo the work.
Oden is an immersive audio-visual piece by sound artist / composer Simon Connor and filmmaker Andrew Brooks. The work depicts the changing sights and sounds of the landscape through the seasons of Odins Gully, located in the U.K's Peak District. The look and sound of Oden is heavily inspired by Slow Cinema, Deep Listening and cinematic representations of landscape.
This excerpt from the Winter season of Oden features an immersive soundtrack; a blend of site-specific field recordings and acoustic instrumentation, with performances from members of the BBC Philharmonic. This clip is rendered in binaural audio, please enjoy with headphones for the full experience.
What actually is immersive audio? Mike Hillier (Metropolis) breaks it down clearly, including a potted history, what different brands now exist in the space, and why now could be an interesting time to explore all things immersive.