Spatial Audio Summer Seminar
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.
Researcher Markus Noisternig (IRCAM), professor Chris Chafe (Stanford), Rama Gottfried, and other guests will join EMPAC’s audio staff in dissecting technical and artistic concerns in the creation and presentation of high-count multi-channel sound projection. Using the full capabilities of EMPAC’s sonic infrastructure, including over 700 channels of audio and EMPAC’s Wave Field Synthesis array, the seminar will consist of lectures, roundtables, listening sessions, workshops, and performances.
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 second week of the seminar is a wave field synthesis workshop giving a limited number of participants focused time and hands-on access to the system in order to develop new creative work.
WAVE FIELD SYNTHESIS
EMPAC’s Wave Field Synthesis array was constructed in 2016 and consists of 558 independently controllable speakers spread across 18 portable and reconfigurable modules.
The workshop will take place throughout the EMPAC building, granting participants access to a range of sophisticated audio systems in a variety of acoustic settings. Three venues will be outfitted with high-channel-count audio arrays, including:
- 1,200-seat Concert Hall
with 64-channel Ambisonic array.
- Large absorptive studio
(66’x51’x33’; 315m2, 12m high) with two 186-channel Wave Field Synthesis arrays (one frontal linear array and one overhead linear array) and 25-channel Ambisonic array.
- Large diffusive studio
(44’x55’x18’; 230m2, 9m high) with 186-channel Wave Field Synthesis Array.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED
Spatial Audio Platforms
- Wave Field Synthesis
- High-Order Ambisonics
- Binaural and Transaural Audio
- 3D audio recording and mixing
Participants should be musicians, composers, audio engineers, or programmers with interest in multi-channel composition. Familiarity with MAX is suggested, but not required.
There will be two open-to-the-public performances during the first week. More information will be available later this spring on the specifics.
WHAT TO BRING
- Attendees to the workshop should bring a computer and applications they are comfortable using for creating
- Dongles to connect laptop to Ethernet cable
Where + When
Held across EMPAC’s venues, the seminar will run from 10AM–6PM each day. Performances will be held TBD. Coffee, lunch, and parking included for attendees only.
Lodging accommodations are available on campus for those traveling to attend. Checkin will be open on the 8th and checkout available on the 14th for those who want to arrive the day before / leave morning after workshops.
- $600 Includes: lectures, performances, and coffee, lunch, snacks each day.
- $810 Includes: seminar registration as well as single room lodging for six nights on the Rensselaer campus.
- Registration is FREE for RPI Faculty and Students with a valid RIN Please contact John Cook to make arrangements 518/276.3921 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS WILL INCLUDE:
MONDAY, JULY 9
Introduction with Markus Noisternig
EMPAC WFS array demo
Object Based Audio with Markus Noisternig and Rama Gottfried.
TUESDAY, JULY 10
Talk with Chris Chafe
Panoramix with Markus Noisternig
Intro to Spat with Rama Gottfried
Listening Session and Q&A time
Okkyung Lee will perform a piece presented by Markus Noisternig using the WFS array
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11
Overhead Wave Field Synthesis with Bobby McElver
Intermediate SPAT Patching with Rama Gottfried
Tour with EMPAC’s Audio team
THURSDAY, JULY 12
Demos in Spatial Audio Recording/Room Impulse Responses
Jens Meyer will give a talk/demo of the EigenMike
Advanced Spat Patching with Rama Gottfried
Tour with EMPAC’s Audio team
FRIDAY, JULY 13
Binaural to Ambisonic workflows
Edgar Choueiri TransAural talk/demo
Watch video documentation of last year's event.
HOW TO REGISTER
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