Spaces and Places

27 Nov 2016 - 7:30pm
Freemasons' Hall, Molesworth Street

The Spatial Music Collective and the Association of Irish Composers

Spaces & Places

a day of spatial music workshops and concerts

Freemasons’ Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin

Sunday November 27th 2016

workshop one: 2.30-4.30pm

workshop two: 4.30-6.30pm

concert: 7.30pm

The Spatial Music Collective and Association of Irish Composers are pleased to announce a full day exploring spatial music, with two free workshops and a concert of new works by SMC and AIC member’s composers.

Concert: The Spatial MC and AIC presents Spaces & Places

The concert will feature a selection of new works by members of the Spatial Music Collective including two very special live performances by Jenn Kirby, and Iride Project (Massimo Daví & Monica Miuccio). Also featured on the programme are new soundscape compositions by Enda Bates and Augustine Leudar based on field recordings from North and South America, an image-processing inspired electronic piece by Eric Lyon, and new works by Rachel Ní Chuinn, Brian Bridges, Neil O'Connor, and Thomas McConville. 

Tickets for the concert cost €12 (€10 students, €6 workshop participants) and are available from

To apply for a place on either masterclass, email [email protected] with “Spatial Audio Workshop” as the subject line before 5pm, 20 November, 2016. Please include a brief outline of your current level of experience with spatial audio in the email, along with your name, and contact details, and which workshop you would like to attend. You may attend both workshops if you wish, and workshop participants can also attend the concert at a discounted rate.

Workshop 1: Immersive and interactive 3D audio for Theatre, Film and Sonic art

with Augustine Leudar

This workshop will give a practical introduction to immersive 3D audio. Participants will learn 3D audio techniques which can be used to create live 3d sound for events, theatre and performance as well as pre-recorded material for installations and film. The workshop will include instruction on the use of lesser known but effective spatial audio techniques such as DBAP, including specific techniques for constructing convincing spatial audio illusions using non-peripheral speaker arrays. It will also feature a collective field recording session in which the group will practice a technique for mapping 3D sonic environments which we will then edit in a DAW and listen to in the workshop. 

Workshop 2: Spatial Audio for VR and 360 Video

with Enda Bates

This workshop will provide an introduction to recording, producing and releasing spatial audio to accompany VR and 360 videos. Topics will include Ambisonics, spatial recording techniques using portable recorders, sound design for VR, and how to publish 360 audio and video online. The workshop will demonstrate how to use cheap portable recorders such as the Zoom H2n to record spatial audio, how to edit and produce spatial content using Ambisonics and the DAW Reaper, and some tricks for publishing 360 content online on YouTube and Facebook.

Spaces and Places is part of the Association of Irish Composers’ Other Directions series, celebrating and exploring the expansive range of approaches to composition by musicians in Ireland, including electronic music, children’s concerts, improvisation and installations. Other Directions is supported by Arts Council Ireland, and the AIC is supported by IMRO.