Cube Fest 2018, Leading Immersive Sound Technology
Help Virginia Tech lead a revolution in sound
Faculty, staff, and students working in Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) are on the front line leading a revolution in sound. They are charging forward through the field of immersive sound with a unique resource at their fingertips—the Cube in the Moss Arts Center. A four-story, high-tech venue and laboratory, the Cube is outfitted with 149 multichannel audio speakers, a robust motion capture system, and a two-story-tall, 360-degree immersive projection screen called the cyclorama, making it the only facility of its kind in the world. Artists, musicians, scientists, and researchers from around the globe visit the Cube to be part of this revolution.
Cube Fest, this year on August 9-12, is a spatial music festival with performances for the public and a VIP package of hands-on, behind-the-scenes, and creative opportunities for fellow revolutionists. Cube Fest will bring together a group of 20 international audio technology experts, computer engineers, music technology experts, musicians, and composers who will present performances of original compositions created for the Cube and preexisting works, including music by the late David Bowie.
The goal of Cube Fest is to gather a collaborative community around spatial music, immersive aural experiences, and 3D audio technology. On an international scale, Cube Fest is a unique program. While similar spatial music festivals exist in national and international university settings, they exist as an academic exploration of spatial music and audio technology. Cube Fest represents a one-of-a-kind festival designed for general audiences, as well.
Cube Fest 2018 guest artists (l-r): Takako Minekawa and Dustin Wong, Anna & Elizabeth, and Christopher Willits
This $5,000 will support this year’s featured guest artists, Christopher Willits, Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa, and Anna & Elizabeth, who each will bring wildly diverse styles and sounds to amp up this year’s fest.