EMPAC’s Spatial Audio Summer Workshop is a first-of-its-kind international gathering of composers and programmers focused on 3D immersive audio technologies such as Wave Field Synthesis (WFS) and High-Order Ambisonics. The sonic equivalent of 3D cinema, these new systems allow the composer to place and move virtual sounds through and around the physical listening space.
In 2016, EMPAC built one of the world’s most extensive and precise Wave Field systems, consisting of over 500 tiny speakers.
While many electronic musicians are currently interested in the promise of this new technology, some speculate that these systems could become prevalent in theaters, cinemas, home entertainment systems, and with virtual reality platforms. The public is invited to attend performances using these systems on July 10 and 13.
To tell us more - Todd Vos is EMPAC’s lead audio engineer and spearheaded the construction of EMPAC’s new Wave Field Synthesis array. Argeo Ascani is EMPAC’s curator of music and has begun working with an international roster of composers to begin developing new content for the WFS system.