SIAL Sound Studios offers electives, sound based design studios and design intensives.
These electives and sound based design studios are offered across all programs in the School of Architecture and Urban Design (Industrial Design, Landscape, Interior, Architecture) and the design intensives are offered as part of the SIAL Master of Design Innovation and Technology.
The electives listed below are offered at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and can be taken as external subjects through RMIT Training.
This is a course of study for students from diverse disciplines, to investigate the nexus of listener experience, aural cultural and acoustic environments. The Soundscape Studies elective is designed to assure a common knowledge and skills set of students who are considering future work in the sound studios, and at early stages of post-graduate research. The elective will draw on a range of knowledge from discrete disciplines associated with sound, listening and acoustic environments.
Spatial Sound Composition and Diffusion
This course will provide a practice based learning context where participants investigate complex spatial sound composition and diffusion using the SIAL Sound Diffusion System. For performances, the system currently includes around 22 loudspeakers. A smaller array is installed in the Sound Studios and available to participants undertaking this elective for course activities, experiments, and workshops. This course comprises lectures, listening based course work and individual studio time, so participants may conduct their own creative endeavours investigating spatial sound experience in ’sound-only’ contexts such as concerts, digital media, and mixed mode contexts such as surround sound for film and games and other real-world scenarios not mediated by digital media.
This is a course of study for students from diverse disciplines seeking to engage with immersive sonic environments through ambisonic modeling techniques. Ambisonics is a method of reproducing a recorded or synthesised sound field to create the illusion of hearing a true three-dimensional acoustic environment. As a result, ambisonics can be used to support a variety of professional and research based applications including; investigations into acoustic environments of real or imagined spaces, describing the acoustic ecology of landscape design and built environments, support virtual walkthroughs of urban interiors, visual installation work, surround sound gaming, film and animation and interaction design.