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Ambisonics in an Art School Context

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Ambisonics in an Art School Context
Ambisonics is a theoretically robust method for soundfield reproduction, particularly at higher orders. However, audio professionals have remained skeptical, preferring instead a discrete channel paradigm. Some of this stems from a lack of understanding of the core mathematical theory. Therefore, the researchers have taught ambisonics with an emphasis on practical implementation. In this paper, we reflect on this teaching experience and, via a further study with postgraduate students, we propose a definitive and accessible pedagogical framework for ambisonic theory. This framework also facilitates the development of mathematical intuition without resorting to complex notation. Instead, a constructivist approach to learning is deployed via small-scale projects that empower students to explore the fundamental theories of ambisonics while also creating engaging content.

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Ronan Breslin

Head of Sound / PG Programme Leader, Glasgow School of Art
Interested in:Spatial AudioSpatial audio for VR/AR/360Post-Production SoundHistory of Sound Recording
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Jessica Argo

Programme Leader BDes Sound for Moving Image, Glasgow School of Art
I am fascinated by how sound and music induces emotions and physical sensations. I have designed 3D soundscapes intended to elicit psychological catharsis, and physical desensitization from anxiety - I tested these on listeners by using subjective questionnaires and physiological... Read More →

Saturday July 24, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
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