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EMPAC Video Archive 2008–2018

Future Perfect with Garth Paine: Spatial Audio Summer Seminar 2018

In 2018, composer, performer and acoustic ecologist Garth Paine undertook an artist/researcher residency at IRCAM (Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music) in Paris, and ZKM Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany. At IRCAM, Paine developed the interactive and sound spatialisation aspects of a new concert work Future Perfect - an immersive 3D audiovisual performance and installation utilising higher-order ambisonic loudspeaker playback, wave field synthesis and virtual reality on smartphones. The composition grows out of an increasing concern for the environment and his work in acoustic ecology within the USA and recent composition works utilising his field recordings from the US deserts for ensemble and live electronics.

Hosted by EMPAC at Rensselaer along with IRCAM (the Paris-based Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique), and CCRMA (Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics), this workshop gave participants the opportunity to experience large-scale, complex audio setups in pristine acoustic environments.