Pickering, Ontario, Canada, November 5, 2020 – Bluesound Professional, the premium distributed audio ecosystem for commercial spaces, announced the launch of the second installment of its podcast and video content series called Surroundscapes, featuring new and thought-provoking ideas from invited expert guests from around the world who are working to redefine the workplace as we know it in the post-pandemic world. This series is targeted at commercial A/V integrators, consultants, as well as business owners, interested in the idea of using A/V technology to create memorable immersive experiences in commercial spaces to help accommodate our new normal.
Unique Perspectives from Industry Experts
Hosted by Graeme Harrison, VP and GM of Bluesound Professional, Surroundscapes Series 2 is focused on the “Future of the Workplace” theme, exploring current trends, how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected things and what the workplace might be like as we look to the future.
“The workplace has been changing markedly over the last few years to take advantage of new technology which facilitates new ways of working – both in and outside the office,” said Graeme Harrison. “The COVID-19 pandemic has in many ways accelerated these changes. This series of Surroundscapes explores both of these themes as well as imagining what the workplace will look, feel and sound like after this pandemic is over.”
Quarterly Podcast Series
Surroundscapes is presented in quarterly series, with each comprised of five to eight episodes of audio podcasts and sometimes video presentations focused on a specific topic within the central theme of the ‘future of business’. Created for mobile consumption, the Surroundscapes Podcast is an interview-style content series hosted by Harrison, where he and an invited expert guest explore the use of A/V technologies in shaping human perceptions and experiences of space, and their impacts on consumer and audience behavior.
Series TWO: The Future of the Workplace
Launching November 10, 2020, and featuring podcast episodes that will be released weekly, the second Surroundscapes series looks into the future of work – in the office, in the home, in cities and beyond. In these episodes, the role of technology and A/V technology, in particular, is discussed along with larger trends in the way that people work.
Episode One, to be released November 10, 2020: Josef Hargrave, Associate Director and Global Foresight Leader of Arup
The first episode of the series features Josef Hargrave. As Global Foresight Leader, his department researches global trends affecting all aspects of life. He talks to us about how these megatrends are affecting how people are working and where this work is getting done.
Episode Two, to be released November 17, 2020: Christine Congdon, Director, Global Research Communications: Editor, 360 Magazine, Steelcase
Steelcase are arguably the world’s leading supplier of office environments and have long been respected for the innovation in helping define the future of the spaces that we work in. In this episode, we talk about this work in the past, the effect of the current pandemic and how the workspace will look, sound and feel once we move back into it.
Episode Three, to be released November 24, 2020: Craig Janssen, Managing Director of Idibri
Craig is the founder of the large, innovative A/V consultancy Idibri. In episode three, he talks to us about the changes in the way people present information and work, as well as commonalities between different market sectors.
Episode Four, to be released December 1, 2020: Evan Benway, Joint Managing Director of Moodsonic/Sound Agency
Evan headed the Habitat team at Plantronics before founding Moodsonic with Julian Treasure. In this episode, he talks about the effect of adding soundscapes composed of natural sounds into the workspace in order to increase productivity, enhance privacy and provide well-being.
Episode Five, to be released December 8, 2020: Salomé Galjaard, Sustainability and Design Expert
Salomé is a true polymath and has had a wide-ranging career as a designer for Arup, working on architectural lighting, 3D printed structural building elements and the way people interact within companies. She currently works for a major Dutch municipality on sustainability strategy. She gives us a personal view about how we can come back from this pandemic stronger – in the workplace, at home and in the built environment in general.
Episode Six, to be released December 15, 2020: Bernd Schindler of IB Schindler
Bernd runs an immensely innovative AV consultancy in Germany, working for many large corporations. He talks about how his work has evolved from single-room AV design, through large integrated facilities to the current projects that he is involved in which feature rapid deployment of many sites with central monitoring and control.
Future Series in Development
The third series is scheduled to launch in early 2021 and will focus on the future of music creation and monetization.
About Bluesound Professional
Bluesound Professional is a fusion of hardware and software that is purpose-built for high-performance networked audio for retail shops, bars, restaurants, hotels, gyms, and other commercial applications. End users can connect and control nearly any audio source, including streaming services, internet radio, or networked hard drives, while installers can confidently specify rack-mounted hardware that integrates seamlessly with smart controllers. Powered by BluOS, an award-winning multi-zone audio management software platform, made native in a comprehensive range of controllers, streamers, amplifiers, and speakers, Bluesound Professional makes commercial audio installation projects easy to configure, deliver, and use. Bluesound Professional is a division of Lenbrook International, renowned manufacturers of premium audio technologies for residential and commercial applications.