In 1995, Bob Essert peered into the future of digital audio technology.
Paper presented at the 9th Annual ISPA Congress, Toronto Global Change and Exchange: Technological Change & the Performing Arts, 8-11 June 1995.
Acoustics and Sound System Technologies in Arts Facilities of the Future
“As we begin to plan for global audiences, global arts centres and virtual arts centres, we need to think about the performing arts from multiple cultures, multiple musical, theatrical and dance traditions.”
Most of us seem to believe that the human element is at the essence of performing arts. As long as there are performing artists, there will be live performances.The science and application of acoustics and various electro-acoustic technologies are intersecting more and more. As in most scientific fields, the knowledge base is increasing faster and faster. Technology is enabling this research. Computer technology is enabling the modelling of rooms before they are built. And digital audio technology is enabling ever more sophisticated sound systems and new breeds of electroacoustic enhancement systems.
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