I was recently selected for two composer residencies in Sweden, first at Elektronmusik Studion (EMS), Stockholm (June 2023), and then at Studio Alpha, Visby International Centre for Composers (VICC), Visby, Sweden (September 2023). Both studios feature immersive multichannel surround sound systems of extremely high quality, enabling me to explore in-depth the compositional possibilities of spatial audio.
Studio 2 at EMS Stockholm
Studio Alpha at Visby International Centre for Composers
During these residencies I was able to focus on the use of ambisonic sound. Ambisonic sound is used in many areas of the creative industries, such as music and sound recording, music creation, cinema and TV sound design, and game audio. The format allows for spatial audio ‘environments’ to be created within a virtual listening space using computer software, positioning and moving individual sounds around the listening area. Most significantly, this spatial audio can then be decoded for any playback system – from binaural for earbuds, conventional stereo, and on to immersive audio systems of 64 loudspeakers or more, yet always retaining the composed spatial image.
This scalability of ambisonic sound makes it extremely flexible when presenting immersive audio work in different venues of different sizes, and with different loudspeaker layouts. At EMS, I was able to work using their 15.1 Genelec sound system, which features an array of ceiling loudspeakers, as shown in the photo.
These residencies gave me fantastic opportunities to commence composing new electroacoustic work whilst exploring the ambisonic technique in-depth, using a variety of software tools in different music studio environments.
Ambrose Seddon, Department of Creative Technology and EMERGE
Affect in Theory and Practice – Beyond the Threshold of Language
Affect theory| Affective technologies | Missing half-second | Intensive Time |
June 7th 2023, Poole Gateway Building
The 2023 EMERGE Symposium will explore the significance of the concept of affect for practice-based media research. The philosopher Brian Massumi identified affect through what he called the “the missing half-second” an elusive pre-interpretive moment where we register raw experience before it is converted into language, verbal or visual. The force of affect is felt deeply but resists codification. Its societal presence and urgency is frequently articulated through an increasing emphasis on ‘lived experience’ as an embodied form of knowing capable of challenging the traditional hierarchies of power and knowledge.
The symposium will be a timely opportunity for EMERGE researchers to address the affective turn in ways that connect our individual practice to the wider culture, sharing our work, ideas, and assumptions in the context of a deep dive into the dynamics of affect facilitated by the work of our key-note speaker, the Dutch media theorist Eric Kluitenberg.
The keynote address will be followed by EMERGE members and affiliates presenting examples of practice that resonate with the theme in ways that will open up discussion for the afternoon session.
During the afternoon EMERGE members, affiliates and invited guests to workshop the implications of the ideas presented in order to envision the next phase of EMERGE’s development.
Sessions in the agenda include:
- 11:00-13.00: Works (Various venues in PGB) EMERGE & affiliate artist/composer/researchers with works by: Panos Amelidis, Liam Birtles, Maxine Gee , Brad Gyori, Trevor Hearing , Szilvia Ruszev, & Ambrose Seddon.
- 13:00-13.30: Break
- 13:30 – 15.00: Round Table: Workshopping ideas relating to affect
- 15.30-16.30: Summarising: Round up of scenarios and manifestos
Our first concert of 2021 takes place on Thursday 18th November. You are invited to come and experience the magic of immersive spatial music and sound!
Venue: Screening Room PG217, Poole Gateway Building, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University, BH12 5BB
Date/Time: Thursday 18th November 2021 at 5.30pm
Duration: 1 hour (approx)