The Virginia Tech Spatial Music Workshop 2020 Application Form
The sixth Spatial Music Workshop will take place at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech from August 3 – 8, 2020. 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).
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.
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 2nd. The workshop will commence in the morning on August 3rd.
Acceptance to the Spatial Music Workshop does not preclude acceptance from other ICAT sponsored events.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020.
Notification of Results: February 15, 2020.
Confirmation of Participation: March 15, 2020.
Please describe your background and abilities in working with digital sound and music.
Briefly describe your goals for working with immersive sound, and how attendance at the Spatial Music Workshop would help you to achieve these goals.
Please describe a project that you would like to pursue at the Spatial Music Workshop.
Please provide a link to an online portfolio of your work in digital sound or music.
Will your proposal require any additional technology? If so, please describe below
Interfacing of external analog audio equipment to the Cube's audio system (please detail in your project description).
Interfacing of external digital audio equipment to the Cube's audio system (please detail in your project description).
Live miking of acoustic instrument(s).
Qualisys Motion Capture system.
How did you hear about the Spatial Music Workshop, e.g., been to a concert in the Cube, colleague, email, etc.?
Word of mouth
Mailing list announcement
Please confirm that if accepted, you will be able to attend the entire workshop in Blacksburg, Virginia from August 3 - 8, 2020.
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