Introduction to Wave Field Synthesis

Argeo Ascani, Todd Vos, and Jeff Svatek

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Join EMPAC’s music curator Argeo Ascani and audio engineers Todd Vos and Jeff Svatek for an in-depth demonstration and discussion of EMPAC’s 496-speaker Wave Field Synthesis audio system.

One of the most extensive systems of its kind in the world, EMPAC’s wave field array was constructed by the EMPAC audio engineering department in 2016 and the curatorial program has begun developing new work for the system in conjunction with leading electronic composers. Consisting of a large field of small speakers oriented very closely together, the system produces a virtual audio environment by localizing the source of individual sounds in space with an extreme level of precision. Ascani, Vos, and Svatek will walk the audience through various acoustic effects, shedding light on the potential wave field holds when compared to traditional audio systems. Participants will then be taken through the rudiments of composition for this extensively multi-channel platform.

Four sessions of this demonstration will be offered from Thursday to Saturday. Attendance at each event will be limited to 15 participants.

More information about EMPAC's Wave Field Synthesis system.

Argeo Ascani
Introduction to Wave Field Synthesis
February 16, 2017, 7PM
February 17, 2017, 7PM
February 18, 2017, 1PM
February 18, 2017, 3PM

EMPAC 2016–17 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.