Intermedia, music education and research design: IMERSD in a collaborative learning, teaching and research environment
This paper reflects on the genesis, evolution and future aims for the IMERSD (Intermedia, Music Education and Research Design) project at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Physically, IMERSD is a specialist 5.1 surround-sound recording studio and multimedia post-production suite providing a comprehensive range of high-end production tools within a rigorous acoustic environment. Philosophically, IMERSD aims to bridge teaching, research and industry landscapes; it signifies immersion and engagement as an umbrella concept for community and industry partnerships, student internships, explicit alumni links and the development of practice-led research. Also explored are pertinent issues including evaluation, sustainability, interdisciplinary collaboration, external stakeholders, and music law considerations within a higher education setting. The paper posits future operational frameworks which position IMERSD as a flexible learning and research tool seeking to inform curriculum design whilst interacting and evolving in parallel to the changing face of musicianship in burgeoning creative industries.
Paper presented at The Speculation and Innovation Conference