Calling Thunder
Explore Manhattan in 1609 through immersive soundscapes and mobile VR

Made by David Al-Ibrahim



Before Manhattan, there was Mannahatta. Calling Thunder explores the unsung history of New York through spatial audio and mobile VR. Interactive soundscapes compare today's urban cacophony to the vibrant ecosystems Henry Hudson would have encountered in 1609. The narrative considers Manhattan's past to address its future, unearthing wonder in the green pockets of our city.

The approach considers two central questions: 

  1. How can immersive media support more engaging and memorable natural history experience? 
  2. How can immersive content be adapted for traditional media platforms to reach a wider audience?

Wonderful Behaviors - 23 - Calling Thunder: The Unsung History of Manhattan, David Al-Ibrahim

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