wave field synthesis system

Concert in Wave Fields

Miya Masaoka, Bora Yoon, Nina Young, and Pamela Z
Friday, March 4, 2022 at 3PM
Studio 1

In this concert the audience will walk through "wave fields." Wave Field Synthesis is a special way of creating sounds in space. The EMPAC Wave Field Synthesis system (EMPACwave) is a unique loudspeaker set-up with hundreds of speakers that was developed and built at Rensselaer over the past several years. While Wave Field Synthesis technology is not new, the design of EMPAC’s array is acknowledged by international experts to finally allow musicians to create music to the refined degree that has been promised by this theory of sound generation for over four decades.

Four works specifically composed for EMPACwave by Miya Masaoka, Bora Yoon, Nina Young, and Pamela Z premiered last August at Time:Spans festival but covid-protocol meant these new works could not presented at EMPAC concurrently. Concert in Wave Fields is now presented for our campus community to experience the potential of EMPACwave’s 200+ speakers through the music of four acclaimed American composers, none of which had previously had the opportunity to work with such an instrument.  

The composers Miya Masaoka, Bora YoonNina Young, and Pamela Z created four very different pieces and their works inaugurate an ongoing program of commissions for EMPACwave at Rensselaer.


This concert is being presented in person for campus audiences (faculty, staff, students of Rensselaer) only. In-person attendance is limited so please register early. 

Main Image: Wave Field Synthesis system (EMPACwave) in Studio 1. Photo: EMPAC/Rensselaer.

Dates + Tickets

Concert in Wave Fields
Miya Masaoka, Bora Yoon, Nina Young, and Pamela Z
Friday 4
3:00 PM
March 2022
Presented By

EMPAC Spring 2022