Soundscape & Environmental Media Lab

Soundscape & Environmental Media Lab

Within the framework of the master program `International Media Cultural Work`.

The term soundscape describes the acoustic envelope surrounding the listener. It is based on the fact that all sounds of locations, spaces or landscapes represent and signify our environments` material, cultural and social qualities. On this basis, the work in the Soundscape & Environmental Media Lab (SEM-lab) focuses on media and its technologies as environments which coin perception and understanding as well as creative media production.

Since 2011, the SEM-lab researches in theory and practise this perspective`s consequences for composition, media design, everyday life aesthetic and cultures of visual and auditory perception. Debates about new digital technologies are as important as investigating terms like ecology value systems and cultural concepts. These discussions result in compositions, installations, radiogenic productions, performances and movies plus scholarly and scientific research on sound design, cultures of perception and media production aesthetics.

Field of Activities:
– sound and space (installations, spatial simulations, multichannel compositions as well as 3D-Audio & acoustic holography)
– compositions for 360° movies/ Fulldome Cinema
– soundscape compositions and performances
– radiogenic artforms (earplay, documentary, Ars Acoustica, Experimental Radio)
– auditory space and the public (performances, happenings, soundscape design, auditory cultural work)
– scholarly and scientific disourses on auditory cultures, immersion, Environmental Media, as well as sound and ecology

Studio director: Prof. Sabine Breitsameter
Technical director: Dipl.-Ing. Michael Greiner