“There’s light at the end of the tunnel!”
These were the recapitulating words by Florian Camerer, ORF, as member of the concluding ICSA panel discussion characterizing the common spirit of optimism, which was present during the whole event. He referred especially to the distinct convergence of science and practice, notably found in the sophisticated technology of Higher Order Ambisonics, for which the ICSA presented numerous impressive examples.
Camerer’s statement can be understood in a much broader context.The technological and practical advances demonstrated during the symposium on spatial reproduction with top-level participants discussing “The 3D Audio Production Chain” were really striking. In recent years, basic research, technical developments and experiences in production have given rise to new methods that pave the way to an immersive audio that is both exciting and ready for everyday use. This was reflected in the diversity of topics at the ICSA, which covered all aspects of spatial audio in recording, production and reproduction as well as basic research. Impressive presentations, live concerts and user reports rounded off the science-oriented program of lectures. A concert evening with Ambisonics pieces from renowned 3D artists presented a new genre of music while also demonstrating the diverse options and challenges of the 3D audio art form.
The ICSA brought together successful international musicians, music producers, broadcasters, manufacturers and scientists for a constructive discussion on the latest progress in applying and standardizing spatial audio technology, and thinking ahead about its worldwide use in production and application development. Günther Theile, who organized the ICSA on behalf of the VDT, strongly believes that, “the immense interest in proper spatial audio reproduction up to 3D audio indicates that this will also be a major topic at the Tonmeistertagung 2016. We look forward to giving a platform to new developments, productions and compositions!”
The next ICSA is planned for 2017; the time and place will be announced.
ICSA 2015 – the facts:
- Nearly 150 participants, contributors and manufacturers
- Six sessions with a total of 22 lectures
- Two invited keynote speakers
- Nine posters
- 21 workshops and demos
- One Ambisonics concert with compositions of renowned 3D artists
- One Ambisonics live concert as example for 3D audio in clubs, with hands-on session
Basic Information about the ICSA 2015
Date of event: September 18th to 20th, 2015
Venue: University of Music and Performing Arts Graz,
Theater im Palais
The third ICSA conference (International Conference on Spatial Audio) was initiated by the VDT in cooperation with the Institute for Electronical Music and Acoustics (IEM) at the University for Music and Performing Arts Graz. It dealt exclusively with three-dimensional production and playback. This year’s motto, “The 3D Audio Production Chain,” drew upon scientific and practical aspects, and covered technical and artistic topics.