This paper describes the implementation of a portable impulse response measurement system (PIRMS). As an extension to a typical field recording scenario, the design of a PIRMS enables artists and researchers to capture high
quality impulse response measurements in remote locations and under physically restrictive conditions. We describe
the design requirements for such a multipurpose system. The recording of environmental sound and impulse
responses is considered from both a philosophical
and technical standpoint in order to address aesthetic and
This research was conducted at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University and is part of Project ECAT. Research reported in this paper was supported by the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative of the National Academy of Sciences under award number NAKFI ADSEM10.