Soundstack 2017
Soundstack 2017
Friday, 1 September, 2017 at Queen Mary University of London.
A one day workshop on spatial audio production for loudspeakers and headphones.

Apply to attend for free


1 September, 2017

9:30am - Registration

9:45am - Welcome

10:00am - SESSION 1 - Ambisonic Audio Production

This session will cover the latest workflows for recording and producing spatial audio content for 360 video and VR, with a particular focus on Ambisonics theory and recording techniques, and spatial audio production using DAWs. The session will cover the theoretical basis of Ambisonics, and how this is put into practice using freely available, cross-platform production tools such as the DAW Reaper, the Facebook Spatial Workstation, and the AmbiX plugin suite. Examples of recordings made with a number of different Ambisonic microphones will also be demonstrated, alongside a discussion of the practicalities involved in delivering a spatial mix for 360 video platforms such as YouTube and Facebook.

Instructor - Enda Bates

Enda Bates is a composer, musician, producer and academic based in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. In 2010 he completed a PhD entitled The Composition and Performance of Spatial Music at Trinity College Dublin, where he now lectures. His research work includes spatial audio for VR, spatial music composition and performance, the aesthetics of electroacoustic music, and the augmented electric guitar. His work has been performed by, among others, the Crash Ensemble, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Paul Hillier /Chamber Choir Ireland, Anne La Berge, the Doelen Quartet, Trio Scordatura, Ensemble Mise-en, Concorde, Darragh Morgan and New Dublin Voices.

12:30pm - Lunch

1:30pm - SESSION 2 - Head-Tracked Binaural Audio with Bela

Put a Bela on your head! This session will introduce the Bela platform, a low latency embedded platform developed especially for real-time audio. Participants will learn how to build wearable binaural audio system with head-tracking using Pd running on Bela. All Bela kit will be available to use during the workshop, but participants will need to provide their own laptop and headphones.

INSTRUCTOR - Becky Stewart

Becky Stewart is a Lecturer in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London. She works with e-textiles and signal processing to build interactive, body-centric wearable computing systems. These systems often incorporate performance, fashion, music and/or design.

4:00pm - Workshop close


14 August

Applications Close

Workshop attendance is free. Spaces are limited, so register your interest by submitting the application form.

21 August

Notification of Acceptance

All applicants will be notified of whether or not they are invited to attend the workshop.

1 September


Workshop is held at Queen Mary University of London.


The workshop is free to attend and open to anyone interested in working with spatial audio. This includes students, researchers, practictioners and anyone else who would like to join. However, space is limited, so we are asking for those interested in attending to please fill out the submission form by 14 August. We will confirm if you have a place by 21 August.

We especially welcome applications from women and other group under-represented in audio.

Applications are now closed.


Arts 2 Building
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS

See here for further details.


Any questions?

Email Angela McArthur at a.mcarthur@qmul.ac.uk