A woman and a man sitting at a table with computers in EMPACs Studio 1 during the 2017 Spatial Audio Workshop.

Spatial Audio Summer Seminar

Summer 2018
July 9–13, 2018
EMPAC

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.

VENUES

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
  • SPAT

PREREQUISITES

Participants should be musicians, composers, audio engineers, or programmers with interest in multi-channel composition. Familiarity with MAX is suggested, but not required.

PERFORMANCES

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

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.

Cost

  • $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 empacboxoffice@rpi.edu

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
Listening Session
Advanced Spat Patching with Rama Gottfried
Tour with EMPAC’s Audio team

FRIDAY, JULY 13

Binaural to Ambisonic workflows
Listening Session
Edgar Choueiri TransAural talk/demo
Roundtable discussion

VIDEO ARCHIVE

Watch video documentation of last year's event.

HOW TO REGISTER

Registration is now closed. Please join us at the FREE performances.

Photo: Mick Bello/EMPAC.

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Dates + Tickets

Music/Sound
Workshop
Spatial Audio Summer Seminar
Summer 2018
Monday 9
July 2018
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Friday 13
July 2018

Registration is now closed.

Discipline
Wave Field Synthesis

Season