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ICSA 2015

ICSA 2015

3rd International Conference on Spatial Audio

Graz, September 18 - 20, 2015


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Sounds are everywhere, to our right and left, front and back, above and below us and all conceivable positions in between. How can we capture and reproduce this hearing impression as best as possible? Since moving on from mono recordings, this question has been at the heart of sound engineering.

For two and a half days, you will have the opportunity to grapple with this question in depth. The third ICSA conference (International Conference on Spatial Audio) which is initiated by the VDT in cooperation with the Institute for Electronical Music and Acoustics (IEM) at the University for Music and Performing Arts Graz, deals exclusively with three-dimensional production and playback. This year's motto, "The 3D Audio Production Chain," draws upon scientific and practical aspects, and covers technical and artistic topics.

The ICSA is known for offering participants rare opportunities to become acquainted with the theory and practice of different approaches to 3D recording and production, such as Surround Sound with Height, Wave Field Synthesis and Ambisonics, by way of audio examples. Spatial audio projects can be heard on location in a conventional 5.1 surround setting, as well as expanded formats up to 9.1 and 3D Higher Order Ambisonics systems with more than 25 loudspeakers. The event's highlight is an Ambisonics concert, which an OB truck will record and transmit binaurally using terrestrial, as well as in 5.1 via satellite.

The extensive program features workshops, lectures and panel discussions, which will have a truly exclusive setting with ideal room acoustics in the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. A minimum of three spatial audio demonstration rooms and an exhibition area contribute the extremely hands-on aspect of the conference.

The language of the conference is English.

The ICSA is targeted at:

• Tonmeisters / Sound Engineers
• Researchers
• Electro-Acoustics Engineers
• Audio and Sound-Reinforcement Professionals

The ICSA offers:

• Multichannel systems incl. 3D audio and up-/down-mix
• Channel and object based production
• Wavefield synthesis and higher-order Ambisonics • Binaural technologies
• Spatial audio recording, transmission and coding
• Standardization and application of 3D audio
• Perception and quality evaluation


Jul 20th, 2015 - Sep 13th, 2015: Period of participant registration
Aug 31st, 2015: Deadline for full-paper submission



Conference chairs

Alois Sontacchi (IEM), Franz Zotter (IEM), Matthias Frank (IEM),
Hannes Pomberger (IEM), Günther Theile (VDT)

Conference venue

University of Music and Performing Arts Graz
Theater im Palais
Leonhardstrae 15
8010 Graz

Conference fees (incl. catering)

Regular: 450,00 EUR
VDT Members: 320,00 EUR

Hotel reservation

Please contact the Graz Tourismus

Conference proceedings

Individual Papers are available from the Program sites.

» Tagungsbericht ICSA 2015 (ZIP, ? Kb) (ISBN: 978-3-9812830-6-8)

* Proceedings of the ICSA are free for participants and VDT members
(MyVDT area login required).

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