The Organ of Corti: a case study for a listening aid using a sonic crystal array

Wednesday 2 February 2011, 4.00PM

Speaker(s): David Prior (University College Falmouth)

The Organ of Corti is an acoustic art project that utilises the technology of sonic crystals to sculpt environmental noise into a sound composition that unfolds according to the proximity of the listener and their passing speed.

The project, developed by liminal (architect Frances Crow and composer/sound designer David Prior) and awarded the 2010 PRS Foundation New Music Award, evolved through earlier research phases in which liminal, working in partnership with Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, brought together a research team comprising two acousticians, a computational neuroscientist and a clinical audiologist collaboration two acousticians, a computational neuroscientist and a clinical audiologist.

This seminar will outline the ideas underlying the work, exploring the research process, the acoustic principals on which it relies and the musical themes it addresses.  

ALL WELCOME

Location: 107