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SSCAD is a creative practice-based course where students gain the necessary technical and performance-based knowledge and skills for composing, and performing, a multichannel work over a spatial sound diffusion system. 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. With the advent of cost effective technologies for delivery of multi channel audio, the experience of spatial sound is now available via small home based systems, through to large-scale theatres and performance venues. The operation and application of these systems and analysis of associated content – or repertoire – forms a key component of this course.


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