The Sonic Lab is an intermedial computer music concert hall with a peripheral loudspeaker system, and was initiated for the Bruckner University by Andreas Weixler between 2005 and 2015, in conjunction with the studios and facilities of the Computer Musik Studios CMS.
The aim was to facilitate research and performance of electro accoustic compositions as well as international exchange in teaching and production with other highly developed national and international music studios. The public is surrounded by a klangdom with 20 full-range loudspeakers and 4 subwoofers for the bass, the sounds can be moved horizontally or vertically.
The CMS Studios and the computer music concert hall are compatibly structured. A double projection in the Sonic Lab allows the performance of audio-visual works and the hosting of conferences and symposiums. Interactive visual performances, in which the sounds of acoustic instruments interact with pictures and spatialised (moving around the room) computer music sounds, are one of the specialities of the CMS. The specially constructed acoustic of the Sonic Lab provides the perfect performance space for jazz and improvised music, particularly for percussive and electro-acoustically amplified sounds, and for contemporary compositions, music theatre and the media arts. Finally the Sonic Lab is actually the place for music of the future, due to its strong pedagogical orientation.
The Teaching Studio, the Production Studio and the Sonic Lab are all equipped with a compatible multichannel system, based on a Digidesign C24 DAW controller and a 32 Channel ProTools System, which serves as digital mixer, playback and recording system in a multichannel process, combined with such other basic software as Protools, Ableton Live, Cycling ’74’s MaxMSP, Final Cut, and many others. In the entire ABPU building MADI connection (digital interface function) is designed to provide a multichannel connection to the Computer Music Studios, the Sound Studio in the basement, the Sonic Lab, other ABPU concert and ensemble rooms, and the Jazz and Improvised Music control room.