Episode 81 Felix Deufel & Paul Hauptmeier (ZiMMT)
21 Jul 2023

Episode 81 Felix Deufel & Paul Hauptmeier (ZiMMT)

21 Jul 2023


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In this episode of the Immersive Audio Podcast, Oliver Kadel and Monica Bolles are joined by the sound artists and co-founders (ZiMMT) Felix Deufel and Paul Hauptmeier, from Leipzig, Germany.

Felix Deufel is a sound artist focusing on sound and space, spatial hearing, and the significance of soundscapes for both humans and the environment. His artistic works encompass room installations, compositions, field trips, and research. Deufel is the founder of Not a Number Studio, which is currently developing 3D audio software. In 2020, he established the Centre for immersive Media art, Music, and Technology (ZiMMT) in Leipzig, providing a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation in the realms of immersive media art and technology.

Paul Hauptmeier, born in 1993 in Jakarta, is a composer and sound artist based in Leipzig. He studied electroacoustic composition with Robin Minard and Maximilian Marcoll at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar and at the “University of California San Diego” with Katharina Rosenberger, Natacha Diels and Miller Puckette. Since 2009 he works together with Martin Recker as an artist duo in the field of composition, sound and multimedia art. In addition to works for theatre and opera, live electronics, radio and electro-acoustic music, their focus lies on sound installations and multichannel audio productions. Since October 2022 they work and teach in the field of sound art at the art university Burg Giebichenstein in Halle Germany. Additionally, they teach spatial composition at the University for Music and Theatre Leipzig. He is a founding member of the ZiMMT (Center for Immersive Media Art, Music and Technology) in Leipzig, where he conducts research in the field of spatial audio and organises workshops, panels, concerts and exhibitions on the subject. Besides multichannel-based 3D audio, he has a strong interest in augmented reality in the field of sound and multimedia art. His latest work in this realm was a large-scale multi-media installation for lasers, position tracking and binaural audio and was shown at the Biennale Musica 2022 in Venice.

Felix and Paul talk about the founding of the Center for Immersive Media Art, Music and Technology (ZiMMT) as an independent organisation and Spatial Audio Network Germany (SANG) initiative collectively aimed at educating and nurturing artists who want to learn and incorporate spatial audio in their artwork. 

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Show Notes

Felix Deufel – https://www.linkedin.com/in/felix-deufel-4494ba10a/

Paul Hauptmeier – www.hauptmeier-recker.de

Not a number Studio – https://notanumber.space

ZiMMT – https://zimmt.net/en/

Spatial Audio Network Germany – https://spatialaudionetwork.de/en/about-sang/

Hybrid Space Lab Berlin – https://hybridspacelab.net/

Spatial Connect for Wwise – https://shorturl.at/buFT2

Audio for extended realities: A case study informed exposition – https://shorturl.at/gjxD3

Sound Experience Survey: Fulldome and Planetariums – https://www.ips-planetarium.org/news/632118/IPS-Sound-Survey.htm


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This episode was produced by Oliver Kadel and Emma Rees and included music by Rhythm Scott.