Sound is 50% of the VR experience, yet is often an afterthought in the rush to great visual imagery. Without the right audio cues to match the visuals, the brain simply won't accept the illusion of virtual reality.
ECCO VR brings high-end spatialized, positionally aware sound & music to Virtual, Augmented & Mixed Reality projects. We break conventions of stereo and surround to create hyper-real environments that support and direct the story, as only sound can do. We explore the power of music as the single greatest tool to bring emotion and meaning to immersive experiences. Our expertise in live soundfield recording, sound design, immersive music composition, audio post-production & player integration is combined with strong development partnerships with industry & academic leaders in spatial audio research.
ECCO VR co-founder Joel Douek is an award winning composer and sound designer whose work has brought many top Virtual Reality experiences to life, as well as numerous BAFTA and EMMY-winning productions. Born in London, England, Joel draws heavily on his background in music and neuroscience to guide & innovate the use of sound to bring meaning, realism and emotion to the world of VR. Joel has also scored over 80 documentaries including the last nine by British naturalist Sir David Attenborough, along with hundreds of TV episodes, blockbuster Animés, feature films, commercials and sonic brands such as IMAX and HULU Originals.
ECCO VR co-founder Benedict Green is a composer, sound designer & technical wizard. Originally from London, he has worked with a broad selection of clients including the BBC, SKY, Lacoste, Ted Baker, Ellesse and many others. Benedict brings a deep experience in VR audio from state-of-the-art location recording to cinematic and game orientated post-production.
Gaby Douek (Head of Operations) is the consummate organizer. From administering the work of high-ranking international affairs staff, as well as galleries and auctions, she is highly experienced in people management and promoting high efficiency workflows. With a passion for photography, Fruit Ninja and 360 experiences, Gaby grounds and supports the creative staff.
Austin Healy (Audio Post-Production) is an award winning sound designer from Seattle whose experience in both music production and audio post has brought him to work on projects recognized worldwide. His work on the VR experience Thailand Find Your Journey was featured by Forbes and has won two Telly Awards. He continually strives to create a story through sound for a deeper immersion and sense of realism for the audience to experience with VR.
Igor Kogan (360 Location Sound) is a music composer and sound designer, who has worked on variety of media projects, films and live music productions. He brings a deep knowledge of both music and sound design to capture high quality production sound and to create soundscapes to enhance VR experiences.