Future Alice Ver. 3.0 - The Alles Project
The Screens of Alles
The ALLES (Alice) Project
There is one more Rabbit Hole that may be the most profound of all. It is the Alles (aka Alice) Project. And it may change the course… of well... everything. But that’s sort of the very nature of Rabbit Holes. Thus… (drum roll)…
The Alles (Alice) Project
The Alles Project is a journey that peers past the horizon… past Virtual Reality, Web 3.0 and the Metaverse… toward the far future… of music and sound.
Welcome to the World of Holographic Sound. As holograms of light create three dimensional images that float in space, 3D images of holographic sound re(creates) sound in all its dimensionality.
Imagine a Holographic Rabbit Hole:
- A place where the listener is surrounded (360 degrees) by a constellation of points of sound. A place where the listener walks into a point of sound to discover a totally new universe of sound and music.
- A physical environment (no headphones) where the soundscape of the Vienna Philharmonic is reproduced… just as it is heard in Carnegie Hall.
- A room where islands of music float in space. Each island represents alternative worlds of tonality and harmony… revealing other worldly feelings and emotions.
- Systems that encode the unheard elements of sound (subharmonics and overtones) and reproduce the sounds of the invisible faithfully.
- Synthesizing soundscapes that heretofore were never imagined… far vaster and detailed than any IMax Theater or even the Metropolitan Opera House stage.
- A world where “living presence” is a digital reality… reestablishing the depth of human to human contact.
The Alles (Alice) Project is inspired by one of the most important of rabbit holes: the first digital synthesizer developed at Bell Laboratories in the 1970s. The ALLES Machine was originally named after its developer, Hall Alles. However, it was affectionately dubbed “Alice” in recognition of all the baby “rabbit holes” it opened for just about everyone who came into contact with the machine. The underlying machinery, both hard and soft, influenced technologies and opened entire new realms of sound and music. Our initial software programs emulate the algorithmic permutations used in the Alles Machine. (Listen to Don Slepian’s “Sea of Bliss”.)
And then there is Bell Labs itself, one of the most important source of rabbit holes in human history. Our story includes some of the best kept secrets of Bell Labs... tales of what happened late in the night… once the regular lab rats had gone home. Only then did the other side emerge, the night folks, dabbling and dawdling, creating the very foundations of all modern digital arts.
Stay tuned: More to come.
Picture of Don Slepian at work with The Alles Machine (1980)
Charles (Chuck) Heaton – Programmer-in-Chief.
Stuart Diamond: It’s a complicated story
Don Slepian: The first “Artist in Residence“ at Bell Labs.
Glenn Cornett: An MD, PhD biotech wiz, and founder of Spectrum, New York’s leading experimental music center (2400 concerts in 8 years and counting). A definitive rabbit hole in its own right.
Matt Reid: Composer of concert, film, and theater music (and music director of Second City Toronto).
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