Spatial Audio: Perception and Experience
EMPAC’s Spatial Audio Summer Seminar offers unique insights into how sound can be shaped with technology to create spatial auditory experiences. Open to musicians, audio engineers, composers, programmers, and audiophiles of all kinds, the seminar consists of lectures, demonstrations, listening sessions, and performances providing the opportunity to be immersed in the excellent venues and outstanding audio systems at EMPAC.
This year’s seminar will feature extensive listening opportunities for participants to focus on the perceptual experience that these systems create. EMPAC’s studios and venues will be equipped with several large, high-end systems to directly compare different methods of spatializing audio, including high-order Ambisonic systems, high-density Wave Field Synthesis (WFS) configurations featuring hundreds of loudspeakers, as well as binaural audio streaming.
Focusing on the aesthetic function spatialized audio serves in a specific work, the seminar leaders will guide participants through the application of such systems to experimental, electroacoustic, and “contemporary classical” music, as well as virtual reality installations and soundscapes. This year’s seminar leaders include the composer and performer Natasha Barrett, who will perform a concert on the event’s opening night; Markus Noisternig, an expert in immersive 3D audio and researcher at the Paris-based Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM); Chris Chafe, director of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University; Bobby McElver, a sound designer and former EMPAC artist-in-residence; and members of the EMPAC audio team.
- $120 Includes: all events, dinner on Thursday and Friday, lunch on Saturday.
- $85 for students
- Registration is FREE for RPI Faculty and Students with a valid RIN
WHAT TO BRING
Participants should bring headphones and a digital device that can connect to a local wireless network for streaming music.
Participants are responsible for finding their own lodging. Please contact John Cook at the EMPAC box office for special rates at local hotels.
Please enjoy the video documentation of last year's event.