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IRIS is the new way to see sound

We are approaching audio like no one else. Where others add layers of artificial processing, IRIS takes you back to nothing but real, live sound.

What is IRIS?

IRIS is a revolutionary new audio experience that dramatically increases sound quality by introducing the space that is normally missing from recorded audio, unlocking the ‘live’ dimension that’s often lost.

This is achieved through a proprietary algorithm which splits out and increases the phase information sent to the brain. The listener’s brain then reassembles this vast increase in information and becomes far more active in the listening process.

This unique balance between technology and biology makes sound feel live and you more alive

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IRIS is the culmination of decades of research into the effects of frequency on the human body. This exploration of better sound and how our brains react to it has been years in the making. Now IRIS is ready to bring Active Listening to the world.

Our mission is to enable the world to Listen Well.

Who we are

Tom Darnell


Tom Darnell has a passion for building great brands and products that people love. Numerous high-profile positions have allowed Tom to become an expert across different disciplines within the technology and digital marketing space, including customer experience marketing and business development. This experience has instilled within him an ethos that revolves around bringing exceptional products to the market and placing the customer at the centre of every business move. It was a chance meeting with Jacobi in 2018 that introduced Tom to IRIS. Already possessing a keen interest in the effects of frequency and sound on the mind, he quickly mirrored Jacobi’s passion and vision to bring IRIS to life. Tom believes IRIS holds a real purpose by way of introducing a monumentally game-changing product to the world.

Jacobi AGC


Jacobi Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe has been considered a leading innovator in the music industry for over 15 years. Possessing a background in finance and an irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit, he has been behind start-ups spanning tech, music, venues and events. With a clear vision and desire to instigate change in the music space by bringing ‘live’ experiences to everyone, Jacobi became obsessed with tackling music compression and audio quality issues. It was in 2016, while exploring the idea of a festival that would blend music and social change with audio quality at its heart, that he was introduced to the two engineers of IRIS technology. Instantly blown away by the superior audio experience, he began to build a business model and fundraise to establish IRIS in 2018.

Rob Reng


Rob Reng brings unrivalled experience in his field to the role of CTO at IRIS. His passion for music and technology makes him the ideal person to develop and implement the company’s product strategy and he has the team management skills to drive the project forward. His previous roles have included pioneering digital work and award-winning mobile app creation at several agencies across the technological and digital sectors. Rob has undertaken CTO roles at Jukedeck creating AI-generated music and Pod Point, a highly connected network of over 50,000 electric vehicle smart chargers. As well, Rob not only writes electronic music but also professionally scores advertisements. His passion for both music and technology that spark positive change in the world make the role of IRIS CTO an ideal fit.

James Lanman

James Lanman

Chief Finance Director

James started his career at PwC working in both auditing and M&A in the UK and Russia, with a focus on retail and high-tech manufacturing. Interested in environmental tech, he then moved to a private debt fund leading investments in renewables infrastructure such as recycling and plastics reprocessing. Furthering this interest, James has taken several Financial Director roles at high growth private equity and venture-backed businesses in manufacturing, renewables and health tech. With a life-long passion for music and technology, as well as a career focus on health technology, James was inspired by the IRIS vision. He is excited by the opportunity to help harness the technology’s power in the burgeoning health and wellness arenas.

Eugenie Eley

Eugenie Eley


Eugenie has worked in office administration for several years, previously at LINLEY and Harlequin Tabletop. With a keen eye for details and a diverse skill set, she is crucial when it comes to keeping all the plates spinning at IRIS. With a lifelong interest in health and wellness, she has become certified as an IIN Health Coach. Fascinated by sound therapy, Eugenie joined the team in 2019 and has taken a lead in coordinating the research teams behind IRIS. She looks forward to helping to unlock its full potential and share it with the world.

Steve Pedrick

Business Development Director

Steve has spent nearly a decade supporting technology brands of all stages as they build out, scale, and develop their sales organizations. Passionate about how brands partner to better connect with consumers around the globe, he has forged partnerships with some of their world’s leading technology companies. Additionally, Steve advises early stage startups on how to build scalable revenue models and develop the organizational infrastructure to support them. Steve’s career started as a music production assistant back in Philadelphia, and since then his passion for music and how it inspires us has continued to push him forward. He is very excited to help IRIS bring music and technology together to create experiences that better us and advance the boundaries of human performance.

Fall in love with your favourite songs all over again with the free IRIS app

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IRIS is now available on iOS and Android.

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