Masters and PhD by research may be undertaken in the SIAL Studios.
The SIAL Studios are based in RMIT University’s Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory, which is part of the School of Architecture and Design. SIAL is a facility for innovation in transdisciplinary design research and education. It embraces a broad range of investigative modes, involving both highly speculative and industry linked projects. SIAL is concerned with the integration of technical, theoretical and social concerns as part of its innovation agenda. High-end computing, modelling and communication tools associated with disparate disciplines are combined with traditional production techniques.
Researchers are engaged in a wide variety of projects that collaboratively disturb artificial distinctions between the physical and virtual, digital and analogue, scientific and artistic, instrumental and philosophical. While relevant research involves an extensive breadth of technological developments in areas such as Multimedia, Soundscape Systems, Mechatronics, Computer Graphics and Interfaces, Materials technology, Manufacturing processes, Collaborative Virtual Environments, Animation, Computer Games, Virtual Reality Facilities, GIS and on-line environments, SIAL does not focus on any of these systems or realms of technology per se. Rather, it interrogates the relationships these areas foster for cross-disciplinary production.
Applicants who wish to undertake Masters or PhD by research in the Studios will have undergraduate or Masters qualifications in music composition or performance, electroacoustic music, sound design or other design disciplines. Applications for entry into research programs typically close in mid-October every year (exact date TBC). Applications will be accepted after this time if there are places available.
Applicants should first send a draft research topic – 1 x A4 page to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The research environment
The research environment of the SIAL Sound Studios is open to postgraduates from design, architecture, music and sound backgrounds. Applicants must have intermediate to advanced skills in studio production to realise their projects. Researchers within the Studios are internationally recognised for their contributions to sound design, electroacoustic performance practise, acoustic ecology and design research. Post-graduate supervision is activated through weekly meetings, industry projects, local and commonwealth funded research, the Studio's seminar series, and the Graduate Research Conference of the School of Architecture and Design.
The research environment is primarily articulated through practice-based research. Regular opportunities for postgraduates to realise projects in the public domain are provided, including access to large-scale urban soundscape systems, smaller university soundscape systems, and spatial performances using the SIAL Sound Studio’s 32-channel sound diffusion system.
The postgraduates will contribute to the larger projects through discrete projects related to their own research. As a guide only research projects should consider:
- Urban soundscape designs for multi-channel systems
- Evaluating urban soundscape designs and urban soundscape planning models
- Software projects for spatialised performance, installations or gesture control
- Spatialised performance/electroacoustic performance practise
- Analysis of contemporary spatial compositions and installation practice
- Integrating 3D design softwares within spatial sound designs
- Experimental acoustic design
Research topics outside of this list should be discussed with Lawrence Harvey.