Spatial Audio Summer Seminar

Summer 2018

July 9 – 22, 2018

Our second annual Spatial Audio Summer Seminar, co-presented by the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University and the Paris-based Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM).

This intensive seminar offers musicians, composers, audio engineers, and programmers the rare opportunity to study the fundamentals of multi-channel spatial audio in pristine acoustic environments. Participants will experience multiple large spatial audio systems, including Wave Field Synthesis, High-Order Ambisonics, and Binaural audio.

SEMINAR—July 9–13, 2018

The first week of the seminar is an open forum for participants of all backgrounds and experience levels to dive into general concepts, workflows, and control mechanisms related to spatial audio. Topics will include introductory, intermediate, and advanced patching for IRCAM’s SPAT software, in-depth discussions of Wave Field Synthesis, Ambisonics, Binaural and Transaural audio, 3D audio recording and mixing, and more.


The wave field synthesis workshop gives participants focused time and hands-on access to the system in order to develop new creative work. This portion of the workshop will be reserved for only a handful of participants who submit project proposals in advance. Submissions will be reviewed by workshop leaders and accepted based on the degree to which they utilize the capabilities of these spatial audio systems and the potential to realize the proposed project within the given time frame.