Sound Localization and Spatialization: Principles, Wave Field Synthesis, Loudspeaker Cabinets and Microphone Arrays

© P.-A. Gauthier, 2007

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© P.-A. Gauthier, 2007

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Sound Localization and Spatialization: Principles, Wave Field Synthesis, Loudspeaker Cabinets and Microphone Arrays

Workshop February 5-6 and 19-20, 2011, from 10 am to 5 pm

teaching assistant: Stéphane Claude

This workshop is for artists who want to work with spatial sound on a solid theoretical and practical ground. Talks will cover: perception, acoustics, spatial sound, loudspeakers, microphone arrays. The workshop is based on a creative approach to technology and it will include practical sessions.

The workshop will be given in French by bilingual instructors.


  • General Introduction: sound spatialization in sound arts and in music;
  • Basic Notions: acoustics and signal processing;
  • Spatial Perception of Sound (theory and audio demos);
  • Sound Spatialization: technology and methods;
  • Creative Spatial Sound Capture and Microphone Arrays (theory and demos);
  • Using and Understanding Speakers in Artistic Applications (theory and demos, audience may bring loudspeaker drivers, without cabinet, for use in demos);
  • Theory of Speaker Arrays and Wave Field Synthesis;
  • Practical and Theoretical Exploration of a 16-Speaker Array for Wave Field Synthesis.


  • Be a professional artist, creator or cultural worker;
  • Be a self-employed worker or a salaried employee in an enterprise not subject to 1% Training Investment*;
  • Attend every session;
  • Bring your own computer if available.

* Any enterprise whose total payroll is $1.000.000 or more is subject to 1% Training Investment. (Emploi-Québec Program)

Number of participants
12 people

$115 – Payment required before Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 5 pm.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 5-6 and 19-20, from 10 am to 5 pm.


before Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 5 pm
Please submit your registration request to:
Annie Tremblay, Lab services Coordinator
phone: 514-844-3250, ext. 230 / fax: 514-847-0330


Reservation / Payment
Reservations can be made by phone or email. Full payment must be made for inscription to be valid. You can pay by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), cheque or in cash. Inscription to a workshop is not transferable.

Cancellation / Refunding
OBORO does not refund inscription fees except in case of illness (with a medical note) or of absolute necessity. In such cases, inscription fees are transferable to another workshop or service offered by the New Media Lab.

Workshop Cancellation
OBORO reserves the right to cancel workshops at any time and without advance notice. In this case, inscription fees are fully refunded.

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Cédric Camier

The work and research of Cédric Camier reflect the dual career path he has pursued: musician and composer on the one hand, acoustic researcher on the other. He completed his doctoral dissertation in Paris (ENSTA and École Polytechnique) on the non-linear vibrations of cymbals, studying the effect of their imperfections as well as their chaotic behavior. Today, Camier is working on a post-doc at the University of Sherbrooke, concentrating on the spatialization of acoustic fields, and particularly the localization of sources and the restitution of sound environments.