A researcher in Spatial Audio and Architectural Acoustics.

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In this episode, I was fortunate to interview Dr Tom McKenzie, a researcher in the field of spatial audio and acoustics and a musician, who is currently working at the University of Edinburgh as a lecturer in Acoustics and Architectural Acoustics.

At the time of the interview (November 2021), Tom was a postdoctoral researcher at the Aalto Acoustics Lab at the Aalto University in Finland.

He was the last member of the lab interviewed by me. Previous interviews included:

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Many thanks to Aalto Acoustics Lab for letting us record this interview in their office.

Episode Contents

In this podcast episode, you will learn:

  • What are ambisonics?
  • What is spatial audio?
  • What are 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF)?
  • What is important in spatial audio for a realistic impression?
  • What is cross-talk cancellation?
  • How does individualization look in virtual reality?


Below, you’ll find all people, places, and resources mentioned in the podcast episode.

  1. Tom McKenzie
    1. Official music website
    2. Profile at the University of Edinburgh
    3. LinkedIn
  2. University of Leeds
    1. Music, Multimedia and Electronics (BSc)
  3. University of York
    1. Master in Sound Design
  4. Aalto Acoustics Lab of the Aalto University in Espoo, Finland
  5. Oculus Rift
  6. Beat Saber video game

Thank you for listening!