designing a spatial sound research facility
Whether a user is tethered to a device at a single location, or mobile, the technologies that enable people to access the tools and spaces we use for work, not only shapes the way we work, but also informs how spaces are designed for work.
Between 2004 and 2013, the SIAL Sound studios was located within Building 9 at RMIT University, Melbourne. The research facility consisted of 2 sound production studios and a teaching space. Whilst each space had multichannel capabilities, there were technological constraints that prevented what could be achieved within each production space, but also, for translating spatial works between spaces. In August 2013, the SIAL Sound Studio research facility relocated to the Design Hub. Prior to that move, I dedicated my time product researching the technological components nessesary for spatial sound work. With recent advances in ethersound technologies, the process for broadcasting multichannel audio over network presents opportunities for connecting poeple to a variety of spaces. Given laptop and tablet systems are proving to be powerful enough, small enough and light enough to move with the user, and, provided the user can access the network, then the user could be almost anywhere, in any type of space. The studio model, once constrained by specific local requirements, has now shifted to include a variety of spaces and places, enabling possibilities for the designer to form a dynamic connection to the tools and spaces for experiencing sound.