The Soundscape in Virtual Reality

Wednesday, March 22, 2023
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

This session is being delivered in a face-to-face format. You'll need to come to the offices of the Center for Teaching Excellence to attend. There is not a virtual option available to attend this presentation.


Sound art encourages visitors to experience their space with specific sound resources in a creative way. In other words, with specific sound resources, students will be able to redesign their everyday space as an interactive environment. Based on the sound art practice, MART581E will culminate in a final project, an immersive soundscape with VR technology.

Using a resources from a VE grant, students were provided with a VR development environment. During the pandemic, students made virtual soundscape projects with the professional video game development tool, Unity Editor. They created 2D RPG (Role-Playing Game() soundscape projects, which allow visitors to experience a unique soundspace as an artistic video game. With Oculus Quest2, Gopro Max, and Zoom H3-VR, the 2D soundscape project was developed into an immersive 3D soundscape project. Based on the concepts from the individual 2D soundscape projects, students created their own 3D VR soundscape projects. They learned about how to design 3D virtual soundscape projects, which provide users with a new method to understand a town, a city, and a country with specific sound resources. Learning virtual reality technology will contribute to enhancing their new media art/design skills for their future careers.


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Byeongwon Ha
Assistant Professor
Media Arts
School of Visual Art and Design

Byeongwon Ha is an assistant professor in the School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina. In addition to an M.F.A. at Rhode Island School of Design (RI), he earned his Ph.D in Media, Art, and Text with an emphasis in interactive art at Virginia Commonwealth University (VA). He is an art historian and an artist in the field of new media art. He presented and exhibited his projects internationally in South Korea, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Colombia, Spain, Canada, and the United States.