Digitally generating and controlling sound and light represent fields of research and development that are growing continuously. The definition of the process may seem simple—the digital synthesis or capture of sound and its control/ transformation in real-time. Yet, the diversity of possible implementations renders an extraordinary technological richness (programming, DSP, hardware interfaces, robotics etc.), as well as artistic diversity (musical applications, performance art, inter‑media etc.) which are continuously growing. Controlling light is also an expanding filed where tools like coding, sensors, tracking and generating dynamic light are basic tools.
By providing expertise and granting access to the laboratory’s facilities to students with practical and research projects, CINETic has contributed to the advancement of a new MA Program at UNATC: Interactive Technology for Performing and Media Arts (ITPMA).
The lab’s mission is to develop research projects in the field of sound and light interaction and to design new tools for interaction and innovative interactive projects.
- automated and AI‑based interactions with light and sound
- spatial sound
- computer‑assisted sound composition and sound design
- the development of new technological processes, either software or hardware, to support experimental and artistic activities
- In the performance interface 3, EEG signals generated real-time sound and controlled lights. This experimental performance was accomplished through an interdisciplinary collaboration between the researchers and postgraduate students from UNATC, Polytechnics and the Music University in Bucharest, which materialized in specific software solutions.
- The lab’s most recent project is Soundthimble, headed by researcher Grigore BURLOIU, PhD, which generated more than 3 published papers.
FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT
- Mixing Studio for cinema sound
- Sound and light measuring line
- The sound acquisition and live shows system is built around a digital Yamaha QL1 console, expanded with Yamaha MY16AES.
- With the support of the studio microphones (Neumann TLM 107), field microphones (Schoeps CMIT 5 U) and lanyard microphones (VT 700 & VT 506), as well as the RME Fireface UFX interface, shows, and recordings can be done inside the laboratory, situation for which, a portable audio system is also available, based on a Sound Devices 664 unit.
- Measuring Equipment includes Digital Multimeter—Keysight 34461A Digital Multimeter, 6 1/2 Digit, Image Engineering Illumination Device LE7 (2 iQ‑LEDs); Image Engineering Starter Broadcast—ETC‑SK2; Chrosziel—TEST CHART MTF HDTV SUPER P‑TCMSW23; Oscilloscope with 4 channels—Keysight DSOX3014T Oscilloscope: 100 MHz, Keysight U8903A Audio Analyzer AES3‑SPDIF and DSI.
- For production and post‑production, the lab has plug‑in packages (McDSP, Altiverb), a monitoring system (Dynaudio BM6 mkIII), and a control system (Yamaha Nuage).