In this exclusive interview, we have the privilege of introducing Łukasz Szałankiewicz, a visionary artist and the newest Brand Ambassador for Zylia. Łukasz's artistic journey embarked in the early 1990s within the vibrant realm of Demoscene, where his fascination with pushing hardware boundaries laid the foundation for his boundary-breaking approach to art. Over the years, he has seamlessly blended sound and visuals to craft immersive experiences that challenge conventional artistic norms.
Now, as a Zylia Brand Ambassador, Łukasz is at the forefront of shaping the audio landscape, bridging the gap between art and technology. With a rich background in the immersive arts and the game industry, he brings expertise and insight into the importance of 3D audio for younger students. As we engage in conversation with Łukasz, he discusses the exciting prospects for the future of 3D audio recording and how Zylia's cutting-edge solutions are positioned to redefine audio production.
Zylia: What is your background?
Łukasz Szałankiewicz: My journey as an artist began in the early 1990s, when I immersed myself in the fascinating world of Demoscene - a dynamic computer community focused on breaking hardware boundaries. Those formative years were truly transformative, and the multimedia nature of Demoscene had a profound impact on my artistic vision. This laid the foundation for my solo artwork, where I love to combine sound with visuals and weave them into a conceptual framework to create meaningful and immersive experiences. As my art practice has grown, I have discovered my passion for exploring music, audiovisual performances and interactive installations. This allows me to combine art and technology in fascinating ways, encouraging audiences to engage more deeply. The fusion of creativity and innovation has become a defining aspect of my work, and I continue to push the boundaries of artistic expression.
Zylia: How close are you to the immersive arts and game industry?
Łukasz: For many years I have taught the history of video games and audio production at the non-public University "Collegium da Vinci" in Poznan. It’s a rewarding journey, sharing industry insights with aspiring interactive media enthusiasts. Exploring game improvements and nuances in audio design is fun and satisfying. The blend of theory and real-world practice ensures that students understand the complexities of this dynamic industry.
Seeing the younger generation of game professionals becoming more passionate and creative is exciting.
Zylia: How important is 3D audio to the young generation of students?
Łukasz: Well, when it comes to the importance of 3D audio for younger generations of students, it's a bit mixed. It depends on their specific interests, resources, and field of study. Some students may love the idea of 3D sound as an immersive experience. They understand that it can create a whole new level of impact, whether in gaming, virtual reality, filmmaking, or even music production.
On the other hand, not every student may have the same access or access to the technology necessary for 3D sound. It can be a bit more resource-intensive, requiring specialized tools and software. So, while some students are up to date with the technology, others may not yet have had the opportunity to explore its potential fully.
Interestingly, today's younger generation is very familiar with the technology. They are familiar with advances in audio technology and often understand the difference between traditional stereo sound and 3D sound. They see how 3D sound adds depth and realism to audio, making you feel like you are right in the middle of the action.
In conclusion, the meaning of 3D sound for students varies. But one thing is for sure; they show what is possible with their passion and demonstrations as they venture into this fascinating realm of audio.
Zylia: What do you think is the future of 3D audio recording? What technological changes can occur or are already taking place in the industry?
Łukasz: The future of 3D audio recording holds exciting possibilities. Immersive experiences are an important process, driven by virtual reality and augmented reality. Audio technology is advancing, producing life-like sounds. Advances in AI and machine learning will normalize audio and transform sound processing. Expect improved microphone tech and software algorithms for more accurate sound captures. Overall, the future is about blending art and technology to create engaging and immersive audio experiences.
Zylia: Where do you see Zylia's solutions in this global change?
Łukasz: Zylia prides itself worldwide as a leading provider of 3D audio solutions, dealing with advanced hardware and software, especially in microphones. With constant international changes, Zylia's services are available in an organized manner. With the increased demand for audio reviews, their expertise in 3D audio technology makes them a key player. With superior performance in features such as digital reality and personalized audio, Zylia's solutions are ready to shape the future of audio recording and production. Their revolutionary technology can elevate the quality of audio recordings and define a new commitment to sound, significantly impacting all areas of entertainment, art and communications. As a recognized leader in 3D audio, Zylia aims to innovate and change the global audio landscape.
Zylia: What are your following career plans? What would you like to do this year?
Łukasz: The upcoming months will be quite a dynamic period with a lot going on. Currently, I'm working on a lecture about the history of communication in the Polish demoscene, while also sound designing a project that showcases Poznan on the Fortnite platform. Autumn is a season of various presentations and educational work, and in December, I will most likely travel to Sydney for the Sigrapph conference, where a demoscene event is taking place. And this is just the beginning.
You can follow Łukasz on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@zeniallo
or LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zeniallo
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