On Friday 3 November 2017, Dr Brecht De Man (one of the audio engineering group researchers) and Dr Melissa Dickson are chairing an unusual and wildly interdisciplinary day of talks, tied together by the theme ‘language describing sound, and sound emulating language’.
Despite being part of the Electronic Engineering and Computer Science department, we think about and work around language quite a lot. After all, audio engineering is mostly related to transferring and manipulating (musical, informative, excessive, annoying) sound and therefore we need to understand how it is experienced and described. This is especially evident from projects such as the SAFE plugins, where we collect terms which describe a particular musical signal manipulation, to then determine their connection with the chosen process parameters and measured signal properties. So the relationship between sound and language is actually central to Brecht’s research, as well as of others here.
The aim of this event is to bring together a wide range of high-profile researchers who work on this intersection, from maximally different perspectives. They study the terminology used to discuss sound, the invention of words that capture sonic experience, and the use and manipulation of sound to emulate linguistic descriptions. Talks will address singing voice research, using sound in accessible film for hearing impaired viewers, new music production tools, auditory neuroscience, sounds in literature, the language of artistic direction, and the sounds of the insane asylum. ‘Sounds’ like a fascinating day at the Science Museum!
Register now (the modest fee just covers lunch, breaks, and wine reception) and get to see
- Maria Chait (head of UCL Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience lab)
- Jonathan Andrews (on soundscape of the insane asylum)
- Melissa Dickson (historian of 19th century literature)
- Mariana Lopez (making film more accessible through sound)
- David Howard (the singing voice)
- Brecht De Man (from our group, on understanding the vocabulary of mixing)
- Mandy Parnell (award winning mastering engineer)
- Trevor Cox (categorising quotidian sounds)
In addition, there will be a display of cool sound making objects, with a chance to make your own wax cylinder recording, and more!
The full programme including abstracts and biographies can be found on www.semanticaudio.co.uk/events/soundtalking/.