Research & Development

Chris Pike (MEng PhD)

Lead R&D Engineer - Audio

Chris Pike

Chris led the audio team in BBC R&D and the BBC Audio Research Partnership until he left in 2021. He is passionate about using technology innovation to enable new creative possibilities in sound production and storytelling. Chris has led the BBC's work on spatial audio for several years, which has led to productions on major brands such as Doctor Who, Planet Earth II and the BBC Proms. He was director of sound on the BBC's first public VR app, The Turning Forest, and worked with Björk to create an augmented reality audio guide for her exhibition at MoMA in New York. As part of his role at the BBC, Chris was active in standardisation bodies, working to ensure open interoperable technology for spatial audio production. He also completed a PhD with the Audio Lab at the University of York during his work at BBC R&D, on binaural technology and its perceptual evaluation. His thesis is available online.

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