The Audio Architecture Symposium brings together designers, artists, sound engineers and architects in conversations about the acoustic experience of architecture.
On 25 July Arts Centre Melbourne will host the Audio Architecture Symposium, a lively series of talks and performance exchanges with international artists, sound designers and architects on the theme of cities and sound to celebrate the re-opening of Hamer Hall, home of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Chaired by Andrew McKenzie, the talks are for designers, architects, artists and others who are interested in the relationship between sound and the built environment, and sonic qualities of space. The keynote speaker is New York architect Joel Sanders, joined by Canadian sound artist Janet Cardiff, Canadian soundscape composer Barry Truax, Sydney sonic artists Super Critical Mass, Melbourne architect Ian McDougall, Melbourne acoustics consultant Thomas Scelo, Australian artists Philip Samartzis and Stephen Bram, and curator Kristen Sharp.
Hamer Hall unveils its radical reinvention to the public as part of Open House Melbourne, 26–27 July 2012. After two years of re-engineering, Hamer Hall re-opens with re-engineered concert hall, reconfigured and refurbished public spaces, new restaurants and bars, and a new entry opening onto the Yarra River. Design and interiors are by ARM Architecture, concert hall acoustic engineering is by Kirkegaard Associates and Marshall Day Acoustics, with the hall’s seating, staging and lighting improvements are by theatre consultants Shuler Shook.