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Hearing the past, designing the future: Audio and acoustics in digital heritage research

Tuesday 5 March 2013, 6.30PM

Speaker: Dr Damian Murphy, Electronics

Merchant Adventurers' Science Discovery Lecture

Sound often takes second place to our more dominant visual sense yet has a significant role in conveying complex information for rapid assimilation by a listener. Speech and music are obvious examples of this, but in general sound can be used to create highly evocative, engaging and immersive audio or multimedia experiences, leading to new areas of research, and considerations in acoustic design.

Research in the Department of Electronics Audio Lab at the University of York aims to develop a better understanding and preservation of our heritage by considering the sounds associated with specific sites and landscapes. The acoustic preservation of our heritage is just as important as any other more tangible property, as all such aspects are subject to, and will be affected by, the inherent nature of change in the lifetime of a site or place. Considering sound in this way, through the use of acoustic measurement, computer modeling and auralization techniques, better enables us to develop a more complete understanding of the past - for one thing we can be sure of is that the past was not a silent place.

Acoustic measurement, modelling and auralization are also now key aspects of the architectural and environmental engineering design process. These techniques enable all manner of proposed buildings and spaces, from concert halls and classrooms to major interventions in the very landscape and countryside that surrounds us to be auditioned and tested for the acoustic impact such developments will have on our day-to-day lives. In this way audio and acoustics research not only helps us to investigate our past, but also consider our present, and so ultimately leads to a better design for our future environment.

Admission by free ticket only, please register below

Location: Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, Fossgate, York

Email: publiclectures@york.ac.uk

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