Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center

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The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) is a building under construction at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, New York, USA, which will be finished for the opening of the 2007-2008 school year. "Empac" is also the name of media and electronic arts program which will use the new building.

The director of empac is Johannes Goebel. He was previously the director of the Institute for Music and Acoustics, which he founded at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany.

The building will contain

  • 4 studios for artists-in-residence (with another 4 located elsewhere on campus)
  • professional-level recording, editing, and post-production facilities for audio and video, and broadcasting facilities for Rensselaer's student radio station, WRPI.
  • a 1,200- seat concert hall
  • a 400-seat theater with an 80' x 40' stage and 60' fly tower
  • a 3,500-square-foot studio with 40- foot-high ceilings
  • a 2,500-square-foot studio with 28-foot-high ceilings
  • a 1,400-square-foot rehearsal studio,

The design architect for the EMPAC is Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners, London and New York, designers of The Eden Project, the Royal College of Art, and International Terminal Waterloo. The architect of record is the distinguished New York City architectural firm Davis Brody Bond.

External links

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