As part of the EU-funded ROMEO project, an experimental environment was set up at the IRT, enabling the practical testing of object-based audio productions. It was first used in 2014 for a test production in cooperation with BR and BBC R&D. The object-based demo piece titled “Am Vorabend des Ersten Weltkrieges” merges poems by August Stramm, Georg Trakl and Wilfred Owen, quotes from novels by Henri Barbusse and Erich Maria Remarque, the Hymn to the Emperor played by Fritz Kreisler, and the speech of French President Raymond Poincaré into an audio scene. 3D surround sound, various language versions and the ability to change perspectives, and interactive elements are included in the experimental radio feature.
The experiences and insights gained through these and other tests are continuously added to the ongoing developments and standardisation efforts, aiming to guarantee the applicability of object-based audio in the broadcast environment.