Sculpting Sound in Space – Sound diffusion workshop and concert

Presentation by Natasha Barrett in Stein Rokkans Hus Studio A, Griegakademiet 06.06.2019 13.0006.06.2019 14.30
Workshop in Stein Rokkans Hus Studio A, Griegakademiet 07.06.2019 10.0007.06.2019 16.00
Concert in Stein Rokkans Hus Studio A, Griegakademiet 07.06.2019 19.0007.06.2019 20.15


This workshop will demonstrate how performed spatialisation of stereo sources, over a moderately sized loudspeaker array, can create a dynamic, immediate, versatile and immersive 3-D sound experience, enhancing the music for a concert audience. The evening concert is open for the audience, and will feature a showcase of works from Beatriz Ferreyra, Natasha Barrett, as well as extracts from the workshop.

Performed spatialisation, otherwise known as sound diffusion, has its history in the acousmonium loudspeaker orchestra that grew up at GRM (Group de Recherches Musicales, Paris) in the 70’s. Since this time, sound diffusion has underpinned the performance of stereo electroacoustic music throughout the world.

First-hand experience of sound diffusion offers vital insights important for composers working with sound in space. Even for composers not working in the stereo format, it is an important stepping stone towards understanding how to work musically and spatially with more advanced technologies such as ambisonics.

In the workshop we will set up a multi-speaker array and enjoy hands-on experiments with both musical materials and speaker placements. Participants can play with a set piece, and are also invited to bring their own materials.

The evening concert will feature a showcase of works from the famous female pioneer Beatriz Ferreyra (b. 1937). The concert will be performed by Natasha Barrett. Ferreyra was associated with the GRM, founded by Pierre Schaeffer at Radio France in the 1950’s. After moving from her native Argentina to Paris in 1963, she made her own radical, vivid music at the GRM. She soon began to explore sound diffusion performance of her works at GRM and in the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Festival. Ferreyra lives in France and is still active composing and performing throughout the world. The concert will also present pieces from workshop participants.

Image above: Acousmonium, INA-GRM, 1980. Photo by Laszlo Ruska, found at here.


Thursday June 6th from 13.00 – 14.30 in Stein Rokkans Hus Studio A, Griegakademiet
Open for all interested.


Friday June 7th from 10.00 – 16.00 in Stein Rokkans Hus Studio A, Griegakademiet
Students at the Grieg Academy who are interested in participating can contact Dániel Péter Biró, e-mail
Except for this, the workshop closed/for invited participants only.

Concert for the audience

Friday June 7th from 19.00 – 20.15 in Stein Rokkans Hus Studio A, Griegakademiet


Beatriz Ferreyra:
La ba-balle du chien-chien à la mémère, 11’11
Ekko, 8’35

Natasha Barrett:
Portaler, 10’00

Excerpts from the workshop:
15 ‘

Beatriz Ferreyra:
L’Autre Rive, 18’56

The project is led by Natasha Barrett at the Electro Audio Unit, in collaboration with Dániel Péter Biró at Grieg Academy Composition Research Group, The Grieg Academy – Institute for Music, KMD, UiB and BEK. 

Supported by Norwegian Arts Council.