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The Saratoga Performing Arts Center's Out of This World Festival features the first speaker series on the SPAC Stage. Attendees will sit in the orchestra chairs on the main stage of the SPAC amphitheater while renowned guest speakers lead captivating talks from the conductor’s podium on a variety of topics that bridge the worlds of art, science, and nature.

Speakers @ SPAC: Earth and Other Worlds is presented in cooperation with the Academy of American Poets. Science writer Dava Sobel ("Galileo’s Daughter;" "The Glass Universe") will be in conversation with poet, science writer, and author Diane Ackerman ("A Natural History of the Senses;" "The Human Age;" "The Zookeeper’s Wife"). Dava Sobel joined us.

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EMPAC’s Spatial Audio Summer Workshop is a first-of-its-kind international gathering of composers and programmers focused on 3D immersive audio technologies such as Wave Field Synthesis (WFS) and High-Order Ambisonics. The sonic equivalent of 3D cinema, these new systems allow the composer to place and move virtual sounds through and around the physical listening space.

In 2016, EMPAC built one of the world’s most extensive and precise Wave Field systems, consisting of over 500 tiny speakers.

While many electronic musicians are currently interested in the promise of this new technology, some speculate that these systems could become prevalent in theaters, cinemas, home entertainment systems, and with virtual reality platforms. The public is invited to attend performances using these systems on July 10 and 13. 

To tell us more - Todd Vos is EMPAC’s lead audio engineer and spearheaded the construction of EMPAC’s new Wave Field Synthesis array. Argeo Ascani is EMPAC’s curator of music and has begun working with an international roster of composers to begin developing new content for the WFS system.