Spherical, ambisonics & spatial capture

Workshops & Masterclasses (PM - GROUP #2)

Wednesday June 1 - 15:00
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Spherical, ambisonics & spatial capture

Workshops & Masterclasses (PM - GROUP #2)

The world surrounding us is not only immersive but also rich and in very high resolution. The 3D capture of sound and images poses major challenges for which solutions are emerging. Recent developments in ambisonic recording, in computer listening, in photogrammetry and in spherical stereoscopic video will be presented in the context of these demos and workshops.

Workshops list :

COMPOSITIONAL APPROACH TO SOUND FIELD RECORDING
In this workshop, we will explore the sonic potential of the Eigenmike (a 32 channel microphone array) placed in the small speaker dome at the SAT. Each participant will bring to the workshop her own sound files and will have the opportunity to feed these sounds over a handheld speaker into the feedback loop between the Eigenmike and the speaker dome. The feedback of these sonic gestures will be recorded in higher order Ambisonics format and can later be used by the participants in connection with the Ambisonics postproduction workshop.

By Florian Grond (CA)
IDMIL / McGill University

CAPTURING SPHERICAL SCENES + DIRECTING FOR IMMERSIVE DOCUMENTARY AND FICTION

Part 1 : This hands-on workshop will show practical techniques for capturing 360-degree spherical video in various situations. Technology will range from handheld consumer cameras and GoPros to larger DSLR rigs. We will discuss technical challenges and solutions, picking the right subjects, audience design and ethical considerations for journalism and documentaries.

By Ryan Jackson (CA)
Full Circle Visuals

Part 2 : Breaking away from 700+ years of Renaissance aesthetics tyranny, immersive narration revolutions the viewers' relation with moving images. Reality is recorded in a 360° image volume in which the viewer is later confronted with his free will of where to look and figuring out the "centre" of the frame. Like one experiences a sculpture, there is neither singular viewpoint nor "right" angle in VR. The mise-en-situation workshop takes a hands-on approach by exploring tricks from the toolbox for directing, misdirecting and undirecting in immersive documentary and fiction.

By Pierre Friquet (FR)
pierrefriquet.net

MICROPHONE ARRAYS FOR VERTICAL IMAGING AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL AUDIO CAPTURE FOR THE 22.2 MULTI-CHANNEL SOUND
This demonstration involves music recording made with a selection of microphone arrays designed to create three-dimensional images without the use of added processing. The goal of these techniques is to create coherent audio images that exhibit both vertical and horizontal extent, and maintain integrity over a wide listening area. The recordings were created for the 22.2 multi-channel format. They will include 90-piece classical orchestra, solo piano, jazz trio, jazz quintet and studio recordings of popular music.

By Brian Martin (CA) and Will Howie (CA)
Schulich School of Music - McGill University

SPACES AND GESTURES CAPTURE
From the most diverse microphone devices to the most sophisticated controllers and sound processing systems, it always comes down to creating sound-objects in which the spatial dimension is inseparable from their material, their image. By alternatively listening and crafting live, we will see how these different types of capture can come together in a common narrative of time and space, and how they are related to the choice of projections and presentation for the audience.

By Jean-Marc Duchenne (FR) and Hervé Birolini (FR)
sonsdanslair.free.fr / vimeo.com/hervebirolini

360 CAMERA SHOOTING SOLUTIONS
With VR’s lightning-fast expansion, 360° camera models are proliferating. Even if there still isn’t an ideal setup, several models offer interesting options. From consumer cameras to larger devices and custom setups, the workshop will present and compare not only the specifications, advantages and limitations of the main current models, but also the production workflows and use cases specific to all those setups.

By Dominic St-Amant (CA) and Bruno Colpron (CA)
Society for Arts and Technology


GET INDIVIDUAL WORKSHOP TICKETS
MAX OF 2 CHOICES BETWEEN THESE 6 WORKSHOPS (1 AM WORKSHOP, 1 PM WORKSHOP)
WORKSHOPS ARE PRESENTED TWICE PER DAY : 10AM + 3PM

Each pass holder (5 days or 1 day pass) will choose 2 workshops from the list.

INSTRUCTORS

Florian Grond (CA)
Ryan Jackson (CA)
Pierre Friquet (FR)
Bryan Martin (CA)
Will Howie (CA)
Jean-Marc Duchenne (FR)
Hervé Birolini (FR)
Dominic St-Amant (CA)
Bruno Colpron (CA)