Leah Barclay | IMERSD Sound Lab, World Forum on Music (2013)
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IMERSD Sound Lab, World Forum on Music (2013)

The IMERSD Sound Lab featured electroacoustic music and intimate collaborations and experiments by musicians across the world. IMERSD Sound Lab was an experimental project for the 5th IMC World Forum on Music in November 2013 at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane, Australia The IMERSD Sound Lab involved a room of international musicians playing together for the first time blurring the lines between composition, improvisation and performance. 

From 21-24 November 2013, more than 1,000 people engaged with WFM5, which turned the newly refurbished building of Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and its direct surroundings into a vibrant and truly global meeting place for all things music. Over 600 registered for WFM5 and/or one or more of its twelve satellite conferences, and another 400+ were involved as partners, performers, presenters, panellists, chairs, organisers, or working behind the scenes.

The IMERSD Sound Lab brought people together for an hour everyday to reflect on the conference themes through sound. Each session had a different focus and invited various musicians to join the conversation. The IMERSD program was curated by Leah Barclay. IMERSD (Intermedia, Music Education & Research Design) is a 5.1 surround-sound recording studio, multimedia post-production suite and audio research laboratory at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. 


The video below captures one of the improvised sessions led by Eugene Skeef and Tenzin Choegyal, with special guests including Aunty Delmae Barton, William Barton and Dheeraj Shrestha.