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Workshop on spatial hearing

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A workshop presented in collaboration with Research Axis 3 (Cognition, perception and movement).

  • Research Workshop
When Oct 17, 2018
from 11:45 AM to 04:00 PM
Where Room A832, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St. W.
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Registration is required, please visit Spatial Hearing Registration


One of the major challenges to the auditory system in everyday listening is to localize sound sources and to track their movement to predict their future path. Our ability to do so has been explored and exploited in many media, including in music. For instance, since the emergence of electroacoustic music in the 1950s, composers have been interested in the possibilities of positioning and moving sounds in space.

This workshop aims to explore current research related to understanding how spatial hearing works as well as how it can be used to effect in music and media.

Graduate students and invited participants will present their research for interdisciplinary discussion.

The workshop will conclude with an open session on the new Electronically-Enhanced Reverberation System that is to be installed in the MMR (the Constellation system). In the session, CIRMMT's tech team will present the functionalities of the system and CIRMMT researchers will discuss their specific research needs to help the tech team refine the specifications for the vendor (MeyerSound).

Coffee and snacks will be provided.


  • 11:45 - Refreshments and opening words
  • 12:00 - Pierre Grandjean, Philippe-Aubert Gauthier, and Alain Berry: Wave Field Synthesis and High-Order Ambisonic Comparison: How directional metrics leads to localization cues?
  • 12:30 -  Nicolas BouillotMultiple live and simultaneous rendering of spatial audio with SATIE: from independent far-field and near-field renderings to spatial audio driven haptic flfor
  • 13:00 - Ajin Tom, Joshua Reiss, and Philippe Depalle: An automatic mixing system for multitrack spatialization for stereo
  • 13:30 - Ilja Frissen, Johannes Scherzer, Hsin-Yun Yao: The impact of head movements on speech intelligibility in multi talker environments presented on 3D  virtual audio displays
  • 14:00 - Coffee break
  • 14:15 -  Vincent Roggerone, Cynthia Tarlao, Catherine Guastavino, and Jonathan Vacher: Blurred Snapshot model predict the upper limit of angular auditory motion perception
  • 14:55 - Cynthia Tarlao, Vincent Roggerone, and Catherine Guastavino: Optimal number of loudspeakers for circular trajectories in VBAP
  • 15:15 - Open session on the new Electronically-Enhanced Reverberation (Constellation) System that is to be installed in the MMR
  • 16:15 - Closing remarks

For a complete schedule, including abstracts, please refer to Complete Schedule (pdf document).

Call for Contributions (CLOSED)

Potential presenters are invited to send in their proposals to ilja.frissen [AT] Each participant will be given 20 minutes, or less, depending on the number of proposals accepted.

Submissions should include:

  • author(s) name
  • affiliation
  • title
  • abstract (max 150 words)

The deadline for submission of the proposals is October 3, 2018.

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