The seventh
Student 3D Audio
Production Competition
2023

The Seventh International Student 3D Audio Production Competition in Ambisonics 2023

In 2023, the Student 3D Audio Competition is taking place for the seventh year in a row. Again, we've got many submissions of high quality, elaborate, peppered with trend-setting ideas. The finals and award ceremony take place during the Tonmeistertagung and they will be streamed, too. As last year, the nominated pieces were already presented as part of the ORF musikprotokoll.
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The 3D categories:

  • Contemporary / Computer music
  • Audio drama / Documentary / Soundscapes
  • Music recording / Studio production

The winner productions

Wei Yang

Gold Winner in Category 1: Contemporary Music, Computer Music. DXARTS@University of Washington (USA), with „ní nán“

Yongbing Dai

Silver Winner in Category 1: Contemporary Music, Computer Music. Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen (DK), with „Nirvana rebirth?“

Zétény Nagy

Bronze Winner in Category 1: Contemporary Music, Computer Music. Illinois State University (USA), with „Would There Be A Void?“

Jisu Han, Seungryeol Paik

Gold-Winner in Category 2: Audio Drama, Documentary, Soundscape. Seoul National University (KR), with „The Borderless Space“

Mariia Yaremak

Silver Winner in Category 2: Audio Drama, Documentary, Soundscape. Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy, Lviv (UA), with „If trees had a voice“

Lucca Riitano, Leonie Adam, Jan Feldmann, Adrian Hense, Leon Sudahl

Bronze Winner in Category 2: Audio Drama, Documentary, Soundscape. HAW Hamburg (DE), with „Der Hafen“

Felix Niedermair

Gold Winner in Category 3: Music Recording, Studio Production. KUG, Graz (AT), with „Fair“

Stefanos Ioannou

Silver Winner in Category 3: Music Recording, Studio Production. HfM Detmold (DE), with „Aquarium“

Leonard Ehlers, Maite Rauh

Bronze Winner in Category 3: Music Recording, Studio Production. THM Wetzlar (DE), with „Run“

Bartłomiej Mróz

Honorable Mention in Category 3: Music Recording, Studio Production. Gdansk University of Technology (PL), with "Deux Ex Machina"

Many thanks to the Jurors who evaluated the contributions with highest verve and compentence:

Martin Supper, UdK, Berlin , Matthias Kronlachner, Vilnius , Daniel Mayer, KUG, Graz , Thibaut Carpentier, ircam, Paris , Daniel Courville, UQAM, Montreal , Gerriet K. Sharma, SPAES, Berlin , Joseph Anderson, DXARTs, University of Washington, Seattle , Nils Meyer-Kahlen, Aalto University, Espoo , Daniel Arteaga, Dolby Laboratories, Barcelona , Fränk Zimmer, ORF musikprotokoll, Graz , Adi Snir, Reichmann University, Tel Aviv.

Ana Monte, DELTA Soundworks, Sandhausen, Matthias Kronlachner, Vilnius, Annika Neidhardt, Frank Melchior, HdM, Stuttgart, Sebastià V. Amengual Garí, Meta, Seattle, Kristian Jambrošić, FER, Zagreb , Paweł Małecki, AGH, Krakow, Michael Iber, FH St Pölten, Clovis Gouaillier, UQAM, Montreal, Joseph Anderson, DXARTs, University of Washington, Seattle.

Lasse Nipkow, Silent Work, Zürich, Dietz Tinhof, Vienna Symphonic Library, Vienna, Marcel Remy, HR, Kassel, Robert Mores, HAW, Hamburg, Thomas Görne, HAW, Hamburg, Gavin Kearney, University of York, Robert Sazdov, Sydney, Tom Parnell, Bertram Kornacher, RCSMM, Madrid, Frank Melchior, HdM, Stuttgart, Daniel Arteaga, Dolby Laboratories, Barcelona, Christian Munk, munk productions, Valby, Denmark, Annika Neidhardt, Michael Iber, FH St Pölten, Clovis Gouaillier, UQAM, Montreal, Sebastià V. Amengual Garí, Meta, Seattle.

Sponsors of the Competition

ambiXes

APL

Dear Reality GmbH

FLUX:: Immersive

Harpex Ltd

IEM

Munk Productions

New Audio Technology

ORF musikprotokoll

pinguin

Sennheiser

SSA Plugins

Supperware

VDT e. V.

Vienna Symphonic Library

IEM Graz together with the ORF musikprotokoll and the VDT

The Competition is a cooperation of the Institut für Elektronische Musik und Akustik der Kunstuniversität Graz (IEM) and Verband Deutscher Tonmeister (VDT), and this year again with the ORF musikprotokoll.

The contribution format is 5th order Ambisonics as there are many free production tools available and no licence fees have to be paid. Contributing to the Competition is an important step for the students into the professional world of pro audio. At the same time there are attractive prizes for the winners waiting.

Headtracking with Camera-Tracked 3D Audio Player (Cat3DA)

How can we deliver multi-channel immersive audio content across the web to the listener? A good basis has been established with the new Cat3DA player (camera-tracked 3D audio player), a tool that allows to stream channel-based 3D audio cotent that the local browser of the listener rendered to head-tracked headphone playback. The motion capture of the head rotations is done by the webcam of the listener's computer.

To make use of it, webcam use must be allowed in the browser tab running the cat3da player.

The combination of Cat3DA including head tracker, together with the competing productions of the Student’s 3D Audio Production Competition 2020 are experimental content of the VDT-Live event by which the advantages of headtracking to binaural playback over the web can be perceivably experienced. The programmers of Cat3DA recommends the following browsers for playback: Firefox, Opera, or Chrome.

The Real-time processing of the headtracking information and the audio processing that it controls pose a certain computational load, and altogether some initial pacience when loading. At the same time, sufficient bandwith to receive the multi-channel audio stream is required. We therefore recommend a good internet connection. If you consider following the stereo live stream of the S3DAPC finals ceremony and intend to change listening to the on-demand Cat3DA streams for their higher spatial-audio resolution while the submissions play back during the ceremony, maybe consider using two independent computers.

Listen to the productions of recent years

Become curious? All award-winning submissions of the 3D-Audio Competitions of past years can be heard binaural with headtracking here:

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