[Jun 8] Get closer to your audience: Multichannel and Spatialization Concepts in Max/MSP

For decades the attempt to do spatialization has been focused on a “virtual sound source” being moved around the space. The result we recognize as an audience is almost only “circles” as movements, even if the virtual sound source is doing much more complex moves – unless you are in the sweet spot of a given speaker setup. In this workshop we will learn various spatialization concepts using the Max/MSP programming environment, then learning different approaches to look beyond “sweet spot” concepts. Participants receive lab time out side of the class to experiment in Harvestworks 8-channel TEAMLab. This workshop is part of this year’s New York Electronic Art Festival.

[Jun 8] Get closer to your audience: Multichannel and Spatialization Concepts in Max/MSP

Stefan Tiedje
Sat, Jun 8, 11am to 5pm
Cost including lab time: $180 (regular), $150 (student/member)

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Location:
Harvestworks – www.harvestworks.org
596 Broadway, #602 | New York, NY 10012 | Phone: 212-431-1130
Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R Prince, 6 Bleeker

Alternatives to the “Spat” approach for composers and sound designers: get closer to your audience!

For decades the attempt to do spatialization has been focused on a “virtual sound source” being moved around the space. The result we recognize as an audience is almost only “circles” as movements, even if the virtual sound source is doing much more complex moves – unless you are in the sweet spot of a given speaker setup. This had been accepted, as the creators of such movements usually are sitting in the sweet spot, but the audience could be pretty close to a single speaker.

In the first part of this workshop the students will learn various spatialization concepts using the Max/MSP programming environment, and understand basic techniques of audio spatialization and different ways of panning between speakers.

In the second part of the workshop, will learn different approaches to look beyond “sweet spot” concepts. In his own concept, Tiedje is putting the speakers as such back into the focus of a composition. The results are not only more interesting, but also much clearer for the audience, and it works in places where the channel setup is less than exact. He uses a sort of step sequencer for speaker assignments laid out for stereo signals. Moving through the steps is happening by interpolating/cross fading between the steps. The sequence can be stored in presets of course. The pan allows to move through the complete sequence with a pan pot, or you let it run autonomously in various directions (clockwise, counterclockwise, back & forth, random walk, random). This opens up the mind for “unspatable” movements.

The workshop will take place in Harvestworks’ 8-channel TEAMLab. As part of his workshop, students will receive half a day of lab time after the class, to experiment with the techniques they learned during class.

Please note that there is an 8-channel performance at 7pm on the same night! Drew Krause's RING OF EIGHT for 8-channel playback.

Stefan Tiedje

project17Klanggestalter – Artisan – Intuitian. Creator of the St.ools a library for Max/MSP.

Performer on his self created instrument called ‘Les Ondes Memoriélles’.

Studied Physics, electrical engeneering and acoustics in Marburg and Berlin. Since 1984 working on algorithmic composition by programing computers. Since 1986 concerts with computer controlled sound sources and effects in Europe, America and Asia in collaboration with numerous artists of all genres. Former musical assistant at Experimentalstudio Freiburg and CCMIX in Paris. Currently Member of CLSI / France

Awarded prices include a silver Amadeus with “Musik Kreativ” a competition of the German Keyboards magazine and recently at Operare 2011 for the music to “Wie quälst Du mein Herz” a piece about jealousy…

Stefan Tiedje:

Studio C (TEAM Lab)

Studio C (TEAM Lab)… okay, in the picture without the 8-channel system

 

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