16 Feb 2017 - EMPAC
Introduction to Wave Field Synthesis

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Join EMPAC’s music curator Argeo Ascani and audio engineers Todd Vos and Jeff Svatek for an in-depth demonstration and discussion of EMPAC’s 496-speaker Wave Field Synthesis audio system.

One of the most extensive systems of its kind in the world, EMPAC’s wave field array was constructed by the EMPAC audio engineering department in 2016 and the curatorial program has begun developing new work for the system in conjunction with leading electronic composers. Consisting of a large field of small speakers oriented very closely together, the system produces a virtual audio environment by localizing the source of individual sounds in space with an extreme level of precision. Ascani, Vos, and Svatek will walk the audience through various acoustic effects, shedding light on the potential wave field holds when compared to traditional audio systems. Participants will then be taken through the rudiments of composition for this extensively multi-channel platform.