Bjorn Goes Surround

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I am currently undertaking a major surround sound research project as part of my Master of Arts degree to be completed later this year. There is currently a lack of commercially available microphone arrays that can accommodate the various microphone techniques proposed for 5.1 surround sound reproduction. Most techniques that have been researched and developed in recent years have been based around the well-known and much applied Decca Tree configuration. Ron Streicher, co-author of the New Stereo Handbook, goes as far as modifying the original stereo Decca Tree array for surround sound production in this well-publicised article.
However, on this microsite, I aim to investigate the possibility of arranging and in deed building a microphone array that can accommodate multiple techniques simultaneously, techniques such as the Fukada Tree, INA-3, OCT, Near-Coincidental technique, as well as the Hamasaki Square. The objective is to produce a configuration that will allow for formal comparisons between all the aforementioned systems, but one that is also extremely cost effective, allowing for home studio demonstrations, as well as professional studio and live recordings. Over time, this microsite will feature examples of 5.1 surround sound recordings that is using the array for concurrent comparisons of techniques.


  1. David Gardener says:

    Hello Bjorn,
    Well on first glance the website seems very clear and I believe the blog type style will prove an interesting and useful part of recording your projects direction and stages, however I would recommend perhaps a dark gray as a background, black always has a relationship to grunge and heavy metal websites run by young fans. By keeping it simple and a darkish gray, your choice of having white/orange text (that works) would be still clear and fresh.
    Happy to work in a title logo for you, although the Helvetica is very euro.

    Finally I was confused, I searched your name (top in google search indeed) and found Bjorn ‘Arnsten’ on the Wikipedia site, this must have been you or is you however the spelling is wrong sent me on a thousand variations of that name, before I did the sensible thing and looked through my past emails (I am at home today)…so you need to correct the spelling on WIKIPEDIA or search down your similarly named imposter in Hamilton…and have it out with them! :0

    Yeehaa go for gold.

  2. admin says:

    Cool. Thanks for the comment, Dave. A logo of some sort would be great.I think the website is very “IKEA” right now…I think I might change my name to Bjorn Arnsten anyway…


  3. David says:

    Hey no problem happy too.
    Better IKEA than Freedom.

  4. can I just ask why does it have to relate to arrays only, surely an array only serves to provide a surround experience from a single POV but creatively why not include surround recording techniques creating localisation not available in nature. Just a thought.

    PS, love the names of some of those arrays, are they all real?

  5. admin says:

    Hi John. The real beauty of concurrently recording with a variety of techniques is that perspective/s can be altered according is what is needed musically. This of it as an M/S technique, but with 16 microphones. This works particularly well on drums – where the POV can be altered dramatically…

    And yes all the names are real

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My novel, Slow But Sudden, is out

Following a long period of writing, re-writing, editing and more editing, my novel is finally out and available for purchase. First off, it’s available for those of you with either a Kindle device or owners of phones or tablets that have the Kindle app installed. The book is a work of fiction, the story of a son and his estranged father and their redemption. Purchase here.


Brooklyn Half-Marathon 2012

“The marathon is like a bullfight. There are two ways to kill a bull, for instance. There is the easy way, for one. But all the great matadors end up either dead or mauled because for them killing the bull is not nearly as important as how they kill the bull. They always approach the bull at the greatest risk to themselves, and I admire that. In the marathon, likewise, there are two ways to win. There’s the easy way if all you care about is winning. You hang back and risk nothing. Then kick and try to nip the leaders at the end. Or you can push, challenge the others, make it an exciting race, risking everything. Maybe you lose, but as for me, I’d rather run a gutsy race, pushing all the way and lose, then run a conservative, easy race only for a win.” Alberto Salazar

Running to work

So I ran to work this morning  - a little over 10 miles. It was a beautiful morning and since I missed out on my long weekend run (I volunteered at the NYC Half-Marathon instead), I thought it was a good idea to get a longish run in this Monday morning. I always track my runs using Nike+GPS app on my iPhone, so here is a short little video of the whole experience.

Manhattan Half Marathon In The Snow


The year has started with more and more running. I am hoping to qualify for the New York Marathon in 2013 by running the New York Road Runner’s 9+1 series (nine races + volunteer at one race).

So far I have raced the Joe Kleinerman 10K at 44:20 minutes and last weekend I ran the snowy and slushy Manhattan Half Marathon in 1:42:20. Both times were PR’s, but I had hoped for a faster time in the half – still plenty of time till the Brooklyn Half on May 19th.

I have started reading Hal Higdon’s book on Marathon training like half-a-million people before me, which gives good advice on tempo runs, long-runs and rest days. Hopefully I can remain injury free this year after last years knee problems.

And hopefully I’ll post some new music soon too




Marathon Man

Hurrah for me. I ran my first ever marathon – the inaugural Brooklyn Marathon on November 20th. After 3 months of training, battles with knee and hip injuries and late nights on the NYU treadmills, I finally got to the finish line. I had been training for a 9 minute mile, but as most first-timers – I went out too fast and ran the first mile at 8:13. So I slowed myself down, but felt comfortable running around the 8:30/mile time and had no problems keeping up with the unofficial 3:45 finish time pacer – in fact I lost him around the half way mark. I kept up my intake of Gatorade and GU gel until I got to 17 miles and ran out. My wife refilled my hand-held bottle, so I didn’t have to go without for too long. At the 21 mile mark, I got back and stomach cramps that slowed me down completely. At that point like most marathoners, I knew I had hit the “wall” and just had to keep going. My pace for the last 5 miles slowed down to over 10 minutes/mile, but my average pace stayed below 9 minutes. In the end I crossed the finish line at 3:58:46 – my new/first marathon PR! I also beat my previous half-marathon PR by 5 minutes. So what’s next? I’m going to do a lot of speed training and do workouts that support my back throughout the winter and focus on running some 10k’s and half-marathons until the next Brooklyn Marathon – November 21, 2012. Bjorn 2 Run!

Beyond Lies The Wub

I made this piece based on Philip K Dick’s short story of the same name for a surround sound design project. A rather eerie story of human consumption…Enjoy and download:
Beyond Lies The Wub by Bjorn Arntsen

All The Way Down (town)

Been doing some housekeeping…So found this “new” song recorded in New Zealand in June 2010. Last track recorded there. Some New York stuff coming soon.
All The Way Down by Bjorn Arntsen

Seems to be adding to my list of allergies


Hell Yes!

So this past week, I have been coming down with all sorts of crazy things, and not only am I finding nut traces in pretty much anything apart from fresh fruit – hey you never know – and vegetables. I am totally zapped from all forms of energy and the nausea is killing me. I am now pretty sure that allergy of my teenage years – chocolate- has resurfaced, I was allergic to it from age 13 to 19, and it wasn’t much fun, although I am not a big eater of sweets of any kind.





All is wet. Land and sea, river, marsh, clothes in the dryer and no appetite for redemption. So we, The Arntsen Family, are moving. Enough is more than enough. New York’s loud hum is once again calling us, singing to us, beckoning. I’ve been listening to Apparatjik this week, which reminds me of home – or the home I knew in the 1980′s. It seems strange that now, 30 years later, we are embracing 8-bit drums once again; something we laughed at back in the 1990′s. Anyway you can them out at the rather cryptic website. Stay warm and dry. I looking forward to the oppressing heat and incredibly loud fire engines in old New York.

I have also been wondering about the seasonality of music, and more specifically music releases related to the psychological state of the listener. Having recently purchased the latest release by The National (High Violet) – this album sounds very wintry to me. I have enjoyed it, but it does sit very well with the rainy season here in New Zealand. Obviously the majority the Brooklyn band’s fanbase will be in the summery northern hemisphere, and will connote a bipolar point of difference. Any thoughts?


Hamilton Record Club 2

Hamilton Record Club’s second outing, recreating Beck’s 2002 classic “Sea Change” in a mere 12 hours and 3 minutes. This wonderfully melancholic work, documenting the fall-out of the end of  Beck’s relationship to his then long-term girlfriend. Produced by Nigel Godrich and with string arrangements by Beck’s father, David Campbell, “Sea Change” has a wonderful sincerity, rarely heard on the usually eclectic Beck’s songs. Sitting in with the record club in Hamilton, apart from myself on bass, was Dan Edgar Reese on acoustic guitar, LeyRoss Steynway on Fender Rhodes VX1000, synths and vocals, Nick Johnston on upright piano and Emanuel Comer on drums, percussion and lead vocals. Head over to the record club blogsite to have a listen.