“Directional Sources and Listeners in Interactive Sound Propagation using Reciprocal Wave Field Coding” by Chaitanya, Raghuvanshi, Godin, Zhang, Nowrouzezahrai, et al. …

  • ©Chakravarty R. Alla Chaitanya, Nikunj Raghuvanshi, Keith W. Godin, Zechen Zhang, Derek Nowrouzezahrai, and John M. Snyder




    Directional Sources and Listeners in Interactive Sound Propagation using Reciprocal Wave Field Coding

Session/Category Title: Simulating Natural Phenomena



    Common acoustic sources, like voices or musical instruments, exhibit strong frequency and directional dependence. When transported through complex environments, their anisotropic radiated field undergoes scattering, diffraction, and occlusion before reaching a directionally-sensitive listener. We present the first wave-based interactive auralization system that encodes and renders a complete reciprocal description of acoustic wave fields in general scenes. Our method renders directional effects at freely moving and rotating sources and listeners and supports any tabulated source directivity function and head-related transfer function. We represent a static scene’s global acoustic transfer as an 11-dimensional bidirectional impulse response (BIR) field, which we extract from a set of wave simulations. We paramet- rically encode the BIR as a pair of radiating and arriving directions for the perceptually-salient initial (direct) response, and a compact 6 × 6 reflections transfer matrix capturing indirect energy transfer with scene-dependent anisotropy. We render our encoded data with an efficient and scalable al- gorithm – integrated in the Unreal EngineTM – whose CPU performance is agnostic to scene complexity and angular source/listener resolutions. We demonstrate convincing effects that depend on detailed scene geometry, for a variety of environments and source types.

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