To develop a sound lab that crosses disciplines and blends artistic creation, science, technology and research, Minister of Culture CHENG Li-Chun visited the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM) in France in September 2018. She signed a memorandum of understanding with its director Frank Madlener in which IRCAM would assist with planning and provide its experience in the sound and music fields. The purpose is to promote the development of the Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab (C-LAB) in the areas of technology, academic research and contemporary creation.
With this foundation in place, C-LAB and IRCAM signed a cooperative agreement at the end of 2018 and carried out discussions and planning on the positioning, facilities and equipment, operating direction and talent cultivation for Taiwan Sound Lab. Exchange visits began, co-productions were developed, research and development were carried out and exhibitions and performances were created. The planning phase is expected to finish before the end of 2019.
Following the completion of the Taiwan Sound Lab, Taiwan will have its first immersive sound theater devoted to the integration of sound technology development, arts and culture with the aim to promote Taiwan’s sound art based on scientific research. The Taiwan Sound Lab is currently under construction in C-LAB’s Art Space I, and to preserve the original appearance of this building, space-within-a-space methods were applied. Professional recording studio soundproofing was installed at the end of October 2019. This theater, which has a capacity of 75, includes a 49.4 channel speaker array to support experimental works and performances.
To bring attention to the completion of the Taiwan Sound Lab, the C-LAB Sound Festival: Diversonics is taking place from November 22 to November 30, 2019. This festival includes original productions from Taiwan and abroad and sound workshops and provides opportunities for the public to better understand sound art by opening its door into the sound lab’s theater while exchanges among Taiwanese and international sound artists and professionals will also be made possible. All of this is in anticipation of the inauguration of the Taiwan Sound Lab in 2020.