Markus Noisternig

Modern 3D Audio Technologies and the Relationship Between Sound and Space

Thursday, April 21, 2016

On April 21–22 internationally renowned researchers Bernd Lintermann and Markus Noisternig will give insight into the most sophisticated computer-based applications in real-time generated immersion for sight and sound. Both have been collaborating with EMPAC's research, production and development of new technology and new works.

Recent advances in 3D audio technologies have given rise to new ways of creating spatial experiences with sound and in music. Sound is not only composed as moving along in time but also through the space surrounding the listeners. In playing with spatial relationships in musical performance, artists may access a further dimension of expressivity, and this play can redefine our understanding of sound in space. Along with rhythm, melody, harmony, and the "color" of sound, space has become an essential expressive element in music composition and performance.

This talk gives a brief introduction to modern 3D audio technologies, such as Wave Field Synthesis (WFS) and Higher-Order Ambisonics (HOA), and discusses their respective advantages and limits. It offers some insights into how the use of new sound projection and recording technologies helps create novel musical effects.

The visit of Markus Noisternig comes in collaboration with EMPAC's development of an innovative Wave Field System composed of 500 quite small loudspeakers, which uses the software developed at IRCAM.

Johannes Goebel

Markus Noisternig is Researcher at IRCAM (one of the most prestigious research and production institutions for music and acoustics, founded by Pierre Boulez), CNRS, Sorbonne Universities–UPMC in Paris, Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Electronic Music in Graz, and also lecturer at the Karlsruhe College of Arts and Design. As an undergraduate and postgraduate, he studied electrical engineering and audio engineering as well as computer music composition at the University of Technology and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. As an artist, Noisternig has participated in numerous collaborative projects with well-known composers and ensembles of New Music, which have performed in key European festivals.

Markus Noisternig
Studio 2
April 21, 2016, 4PM

EMPAC 2015–16 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.