Born and raised in London, England, Raj is an acoustics, audio-visual, and multimedia designer. His experience and skills have been applied to landmark projects around the globe including performing arts, museums and galleries, the virtual and augmented worlds.
To advance the use of sound in the design process, Patel co-developed tools and approaches to accurately render audio and visuals in 3D space, enabling designers to hear and buildings and installations before they are built, culminating in Arup SoundLab. The tools have been augmented to create art works using 3D sound as spatial composition tool.
His collaborations with artists have been presented globally, including amongst others the Museum of Modern Art, Park Avenue Armory, and the British Film Institute.
His projects with artists Iain Forsythe and Jane Pollard are notable for their pioneering use of 3D sound and include Ambisymphonic Bish Bosh (2013), Soon (2011), The Death of Bunny Munro (2009), Radio Mania an Abandoned Work (2009), and Silent Sound (2007).
Lou Reed, Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe, a 3D installation capturing a 2006 live performance of Reed’s landmark 1975 album Metal Machine Music, was developed from Patel’s original concept. A strategic-thinker he assists clients in project creation where art, science, technology, and engineering merge.
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