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Introduction to Immersive Audio

Short course

    Discover immersive audio techniques using binaural and ambisonic technologies.

    • Gain practical hands-on experience capturing immersive audio binaural field recordings.
    • Network with immersive audio experts in a supportive and inclusive learning environment.
    • Develop expertise on how to edit and mix immersive ambisonic audio.

    Ready to get one step ahead in your career and creative practice? Learn how to record, edit and mix sound designed for new immersive media environments on this Introduction to Immersive Audio short course.

    You'll attend an interactive guest speaker workshop during the first day of this short course, led by award-winning sound artist and composer Duncan Speakman.

    “The advancement of immersive audio technologies creates exciting opportunities for new sonic practices. There's a need for inclusive talent development in this field as there's evidence of a digital skills gap. This short course provides a supportive introduction to help you advance your career and creative practice"

    Dr. Ruth Farrar, Reader in Creative Media & Enterprise, Bath Spa University


    What you'll do

    This interactive short course focuses on sharing knowledge and providing practical hands-on experience recording and mixing immersive audio using binaural and ambisonic sound technologies.

    Day 1: Capture, decode & listen

    Session 1:

    Introduction to creative case studies and critical reflections on listening

    Session 2:

    Binaural Sound Recording practical workshop and talk from Duncan Speakman

    Session 3:

    Ambisonics practical workshop

    Day 2: Immersive Audio editing & mixing focusing on ambisonics

    Session 4:

    Editing Immersive Audio

    Session 5:

    Mixing Immersive Audio

    Session 6:

    Presenting Immersive Audio


    The course will take place at Artswork Media in Paintworks, Bristol.

    Dates and times

    This course has now finished. If you'd like to be informed about future courses, please register your interest or email .


    This short course costs £250 per person.

    What to bring

    We recommend you bring your own laptop. In advance of the short course, please download Reaper and IEM plug-in bundle, available for free on PC and Mac.

    If you don't have access to a laptop, please let us know in advance and we can supply you with one for the duration of this short course.

    We'll provide refreshments on both days. However, please bring your own lunch. There's a Bristol Eats cafe, Boca Bar at Paintworks and Sainsburys available within three minutes from our location.

    Meet the team

    Introduction to Immersive Audio is taught by Dr Ruth Farrar and Jan Meinema. You'll also get to network with Duncan Speakman, an award-winning sound artist and composer.

    Ruth will be teaching you about binaural sound technologies. Jan will be teaching you about ambisonics.

    Ruth is a Reader in Creative Media & Enterprise at Bath Spa University and a Co-investigator on MyWorld. She's the founder of Bristol and Bath’s Immersive Audio Network, launching in February 2023. Her PhD focused on creative applications of binaural sound technologies.

    Dr Farrar’s binaural research has resulted in international sound art exhibitions like ‘From Austria to America’, binaural sound installations such as ‘The Writing Mind’ for Bath Festivals and app commissions including ‘Dear Carnegie Hall’ for Carnegie Hall in New York.

    Jan is a Course Leader for Bath Spa University’s MA in Sound Design. In the industry, he's a Sound Designer, Supervising Sound Editor, Field Recordist and Re-recording Engineer. He's worked on a range of feature films, short films, documentaries, animations and sound art installations.

    Terms and conditions

    Read the terms and conditions for taking part in this short course.

    Contact us

    For more information about the course please email your enquiries to .

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