SIAL Sound Studios is Australia’s only studio regularly producing large scale spatial sound concerts and exhibitions.
Starting in 2002 with concerts for the Australian Computer Music Association (ACMA) conference and the Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology (AFAE) conference in 2003 we have presented works of nearly 200 composers across 40 seperate events. Many of these performances were in collaboration with local, national and international artists and organisations.
Highlights include Auditory City for the City of Melbourne (2007); five concerts in Opus 1, the inaugural concert series of the Melbourne Recital Centre (2009); CONSTRUCTION with Elision Ensemble and Richard Barrett in the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (2011), Black of the Star with Speak Percussion in Melbourne Festival (2013); Sound Bites City (2013) and Oceans (2017) for the RMIT Gallery and Sonic Arts Collection; exhibition and concerts in SITE and SOUND: sonic art as ecological practice with McClelland Gallery (2021).
Concerts and exhibitions are curated on themes, repertoire, software, composition or performance techniques related to our current teaching topics and research projects. As cultural events, the concerts bring together academia, industry and public audiences to experience advanced forms of spatial sound design in a range of performance and exhibition venues.
SIAL Sound Studios is Australia’s leading producer for spatial sound performance using a speaker orchestra.
The orchestra can be scaled from large concert version featuring 32 loudspeakers to smaller chamber sized performances of around 8-12 loudspeakers. Staff and post-graduates have developed new works and adapted classics from the electroacoustic repertoire for performance on the system.
To build a repertoire for the speaker orchestra and professional opportunities for composers, SIAL Sound Studios partnered with the RMIT Gallery in 2013 to establish the RMIT Sonic Arts Collection. Most concert and exhibition programs now feature spatial sound works from the Sonic Arts Collection.