The Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) has seen a dramatic growth in research activities and interests since it was officially opened by Karlheinz Stockhausen during the Sonorities Festival in April 2004. An established centre of excellence dedicated to the research of music and technology, SARC is a unique interdisciplinary environment, which has united internationally-recognised experts in the areas of musical composition, performance, spatial audio, sound and interactivity, virtual acoustic instruments and cultural and critical aspects of sonic arts. The Centre is established in a purpose-built facility located alongside the engineering departments of Queen's. SARC's centrepiece, the Sonic Laboratory, provides a unique space for cutting-edge initiatives in the creation and delivery of music and audio. The Sonic Laboratory's uniqueness is vested in the degree of flexibility it can provide for experiments in 3D sound diffusion and for ground-breaking compositional and performance work within a purpose-built, variable acoustic space.
Computational acoustics including physical modelling
Contemporary performance practices including new music, improvisation, experimental music, live electronic music, computer-interactive performance, interdisciplinary performance, site-specific and distributed performance
- Creative practice in all areas of composition, new media and installation
- Critical performance studies
- Cultural and critical aspects of the sonic arts and sound art
- Performance systems design
- Performance with new technologies
- Soundscape studies and locative media
- Spatial audio
" 'Undertaking my PhD research at Queen's has given me access to world-class facilities and approachable academics who are leaders in their field. Even more beneficial however is the peer-group found at SARC - a wonderful collection of proactive, inquisitive and supportive postgraduate students. Sometimes the most meaningful interrogation of my research has happened during a friendly chat over a quiet pint - something Belfast also does very well.'"PHD Student
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