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ICSA 2017

ICSA 2017

4. International Conference on Spatial Audio

Graz, September 7th to 10th, 2017

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Listening Experiences, Lectures, Applications of Immersive Audio

Spatial audio production has gained increased interest in the recent years. ICSA is the ideal platform for discussing and spreading the latest progress in spatial audio technology and applications.

The 4th International Conference on Spatial Audio (ICSA) is happily awaiting you in Graz, Austria, where already the 3rd ICSA had taken place at an extraordinary venue. The Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz are the 4th ICSA's host. For two and a half days, you will have the opportunity to delve deeply into spatial sound and audio.

Join ICSA to learn about and discuss latest developments, research results, productions and compositions. In addition to the scientific lecture program, look forward to impressive demonstrations in an extraordinary listening environment and with binaural playback on headphones, a student 3D audio production competition, a compact exhibition and comprehensive usage reports.

Conference language is English.

The ICSA is targeted at:

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

ICSA offers these Topics

• Multichannel systems incl. 3D audio & 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

ICSA offers these Highlights

• A packed program with nearly 50 papers, workshops and demos, his year with extra focus on binaural playback on headphones
• Europes First Student 3D Audio Production Competition
• Several 3D audio reproduction setups inlcuding binaural play back over 120 headphones
• Ambisonics Summer School 2017 following ICSA

Europes First Student 3D Audio Production Competition 

With the recent technological 3D audio revolutions, academic discussion also begins to focus on what touches us the most: the audio content, story, and aesthetics that can be conveyed by the 3D Audio Technologies. This shifts the focus of the next-generation, enthusiastic students, not only comanding the technology but also working in a more content-related style on a medium that allows for re-performing, dissemination or broadcasting.

Enjoy the results of Europes first Student 3D Audio Production Competition during the ICSA! You can listen to the Nominee Productions and be part of the Finals which are offered in six compact sessions in the three categories

• Contemporary / Computer music
• Audio drama / Documentary
• Music recording

The deadline for submitting 3D audio productions is the 10th of July 2017

To contribute please click » here. This directs you to the easychair portal. We use it to have all submissions reviewed by the jury. To submit, please check that you have an easychair account or „sign up“ for one, first. When logged in the easychair page of 3D-Comp-ICSA, please fill out the form you get upon navigating to „add new submission“, including author information, title, abstract and audio download link, keywords, category, upload of a PDF documentation of your submission.

Please submit your multi-channel music files in .WAV or .CAF that comply with the AmbiX format format (5th order, full 3D, ACN channel ordering, SN3D normalization). Please download free ambiX VST plugins (e.g. ambix_v0.2.6_win64_o5) for fifth-order Ambisonics, binaural presets for auralization of the ICSA concert halls within the template for a Reaper session that you should use to prepare or check your submission, and please refer to guidelines and description of the call.

Important deadlines

10th of July 2017:
Extended Deadline for 3D Audio Production Competition
31st of July 2017:
Notification of acceptance (production competition)
Aug 31st, 2017:
Deadline for full-paper submission
7th of September 2017:
Start of ICSA
11th of September 2017:
Start of Ambisonics Summer School


Registration is open now

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Zeitraum für Vorab-Teilnehmeranmeldung:: 15.06. - 03.09.2017

Conference fees (incl. catering)

Prices in EUR and incl. tax of 20%. 

EUR Full program tickets
  Pre-booking online
Member** 340,00
Regular 480,00
Bachelor/Master Students* 120,00
Paper/Workshop Authors 190,00
* Apprentices & students, proof of status required
subject to change

Plan your journey to Graz

The full program of ICSA will be published soon on the website. Anyway, when planning your trip to Graz it might be helpful to know already the start and end times of the event.

ICSA starts already in the evening of Thursday, the 7th of September 2017, with an welcoming reception including foods and drinks. It will be held at the Grazer Burg within the UNESCO World Heritage Old town of Graz. Please be aware of registering for this event so that we know how many paricipants we can welcome there!

ICSA closes on Sunday, the 10th of September 2017 around 1 p.m.

Hotel reservation

For booking and information please click » here (DE)

Conference chairs

Dr. Alois Sontacchi (IEM), Dr. Franz Zotter (IEM), Dr. Matthias Frank(IEM),
DI Markus Zaunschirm (IEM), Dr. Günther Theile (VDT)

Conference venue

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

Uni Graz

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