Holophonic Sound in IRCAM's Concert Hall: Technological and Aesthetic Practices

Abstract : This article presents a report on technological and aesthetic practices in the variable-acoustics performance hall, Espace de Projection, at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique. The hall is surrounded by a 350-loudspeaker array for sound-field reproduction using holophonic approaches such as wave-field synthesis and higher-order Ambisonics. First we present the design and implementation of the audio system and discuss the challenges of both hardware and software architectures. This is followed by a discussion of spatial composition techniques, aesthetic approaches, and methodologies for composing computer music for high-density loudspeaker arrays, explored through the paradigmatic examples of pieces produced by two artist-in-research residencies.
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Thibaut Carpentier, Natasha Barrett, Rama Gottfried, Markus Noisternig. Holophonic Sound in IRCAM's Concert Hall: Technological and Aesthetic Practices. Computer Music Journal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (MIT Press), 2017, 40 (4), pp.14-34. ⟨10.1162/COMJ_a_00383⟩. ⟨hal-01461711⟩

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