The Queen’s Sonic Arts Studio (formerly Electroacoustic Music Studio) was founded in 1970 by David Keane, who remained Director until 1997. In 1973 the studios moved into the newly opened Harrison-Le Caine Hall, where it is still currently housed. The intention of the Sonic Arts Studio, since its creation, has been to provide state of the art facilities for research, and teaching in electroacoustic music and sound art. Its current Director is Dr Matt Rogalsky.
Composers from Queen’s Studio have had a significant role in developing electroacoustic music in Canada and in establishing Canada’s considerable international profile in the field. Faculty and graduates from Queen’s who have contributed significantly to the field of electroacoustic music include Hugh Le Caine, Istvan Anhalt, David Keane, Bruce Pennycook, Keith Hamel, Barry Truax, William Buxton, Kristi Allik, and Kirk Elliot. Both faculty and students have been the recipients of many international awards in electroacoustic music and in integrated media and multimedia works, including the Bourges (GMEB) and Prix Ars Electronica prizes.
The Studio has hosted a number of national and international music events, and internationally known composers and researchers have accepted invitations to work at Queen’s. Our Studio continues to have a high profile both nationally and internationally as well as being a valuable resource for the School of Drama and Music and the Queen’s University community.
Electroacoustic composition students have the opportunity to present their work in surround sound as part of the Mosaic concert series, and students working on sound installations have excellent opportunities to exhibit their projects at the Isabel’s Art and Media Lab and the Union Gallery.