The 2019 Spatial Music Workshop

August 12 – 17, 2019
Moss Arts Center
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

The fifth Spatial Music Workshop will take place at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech from August 12 – 17, 2019. The workshop will consist of sessions on spatialization techniques, software systems for spatialization, discussions of current research in spatialization, and listening to electronic music composed for high-density loudspeaker arrays (HDLAs). We welcome applications from composers, sound engineers, acoustic researchers, or anyone else for whom 3D spatial projection of sound is highly pertinent to their work. There are no stylistic limits or preferences for proposals. While we welcome applications from students and educators working in academia, we are also very interested to receive applications from artists and researchers working outside of academia.

Each participant will have a significant amount of studio time to compose and experiment in The Cube, a high-density periphonic sound system outfitted with 147 speakers (124 JBL SCS 8, 4 Meyer UMS-1P, 10 JBL LSR6328P, 1 JBL 5628 subwoofer, and 9 Holosonic AS-24), the Perform Studio, which houses a 24.4 channel surround speaker array (24 Genelec 8030A speakers, 4 Genelec 7060B subwoofers), and the DISIS lab, which houses a 16.2 channel surround speaker array(16 Genelec 8030BPM speakers, 2 Genelec 7350A subwoofers). The Cube is also outfitted with a 24-camera Qualisys motion capture system. On the last day of the workshop, participants will publicly share their work and experiments undertaken in The Cube, and will receive an ambisonic recording of their multichannel work created during the workshop.

We require that participants be conversant with digital audio sound systems and fluent with computer music software such as Max/MSP or SuperCollider. Work will be undertaken on the Mac OS platform.

Specifications for the Cube can be seen here:

Further information about Virginia Tech spatial audio facilities may be found here:

There is no cost to attend the workshop, but participants will be responsible for their costs of travel to Blacksburg, and lodging. Participants are expected to arrive in Blacksburg by August 11th. The workshop will commence in the morning on August 12th.

Important Dates:

Application Deadline: December 15, 2018.
Notification of Results: January 15, 2019.
Confirmation of Participation: February 15, 2019.

Prior to the Spatial Music Workshop, the Moss Arts Center will present Cube Fest 2019, during August 8 - 11. Cube Fest is an international arts festival centered around immersive intermedia works that employ the full range of technological capabilities of the Cube. All Spatial Music Workshop participants will receive free access to all Cube Fest events, and are strongly encouraged to attend.

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