Oct 19. 2023 - Events

Ambisonics: Creative and Critical Applications of Spatial Audio in Physical and Virtual Space


Time: October 19th (Thursday) , 16:20-18:00


Venue: Lecture Hall, 11th Fl. Zhiyuan C1


Abstract: Ambisonics is a 3D sound format which offers possibilities for the capture, reproduction and development of immersive audio. Although the technology dates back to the 1970s, its recent incorporation into 360-video and VR formats has made it much more accessible. Also known as spatial audio, it is a “scene-based” format that is channel-independent i.e. not fixed to a predetermined loudspeaker configuration. Its flexibility also makes it suited for use in online space. However, there has thus far been a lack of adequate study into its use outside of commercial applications.  In the talk, I will present several examples of its creative and critical application in my research, practice and teaching including Sonic Topologies: Hong Kong, a tactile sound installation created with MetaObjects and currently exhibited at M+, Sound Envelope HK-London, a virtual sound exhibition from workshops experimenting with the exchange of field recordings for British Council Hong Kong’s SPARK Festival, and Construction in ENSO, a live audiovisual performance based on real-time data sonification and visualisation of models related to climate.


About the Speaker: Ryo Ikeshiro is an artist, musician and researcher. His work explores the possibilities of meaning and context presented through sound as well as its materiality in relation to digital audio and audio technologies. His output includes installations and live performances in various formats including immersive audio-visual environments, 360-video and Ambisonics, field recordings, interactive works and generative works. He was part of the Asia Culture Center’s inaugural exhibition in Gwangju, South Korea, and he is a contributor to Sound Art: Sound as a medium of art, a ZKM Karlsruhe/MIT publication. He is an Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.


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