I’m working on sound design for a production in melbourne this august. My idea is to place a grid array of, say, 16 small speakers (4x4) concealed within the audience and to create a ‘field’ of sound that can be moved dynamically around the grid.
At this stage, the only way I can think of doing this is by using a 16-channel midi-controlled mixer to route sound (either from a single source, or from 16 individual sources via a computer soundcard) to each of the 16 speakers. I would make a 2-dimensional controller using arduino to interpolate the sound ‘position’ and set the volume of each channel on the mixer accordingly in realtime.
I just wanted to put the idea out on this forum to see if anyone had some any ideas about how this could be achieved, or any suggestions for a different equipment setup. I’m not particularly well acquainted with pro audio gear, so the more low-tech the solution, the better!