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Spatial Music Workshop

The sixth Spatial Music Workshop will take place at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech from August 3 – 8, 2020.

Spatial Music Workshop
Spatial Music Workshop

The sixth Spatial Music 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).

For the sixth Spatial Music Workshop, we invite performer-driven projects and collaborative teams with an emphasis on live performance spatialization of music, including instrumental and vocal performance, dancers, media artists, etc. 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. We invite applications from academia, industry, and independent artists and researchers.

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 140 speakers (124 JBL SCS 8, 4 Meyer UMS-1P, 10 JBL LSR6328P, and 2 JBL 5628 subwoofer), the Perform Studio, which houses a 24.4 channel surround speaker array (24 Genelec 8030A speakers, 4 Genelec 7060B subwoofers). The Cube is outfitted with a 24-camera Qualisys motion capture system and the Perform Studio hosts a 12 camera Qualisys motion capture. 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.

Important Dates

Application Deadline February 1, 2020
Notification of Results February 15, 2020
Confirmation of Participation March 15, 2020