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Research seminar. Duncan Williams: 'Music or ‘just’ Noise: Does your brain agree with your heart?'

Wednesday 17 October 2018, 4.00PM

Speaker(s): Duncan Williams (University of York)

About this seminar

Varèse famously coined the term “Organised Sound” to describe the difference between sound and music. This talk considers noise as a category of sound responses; including definitions used by acousticians and engineers, and in the context of music. It will also discuss the use of alternative metrics - particularly the emerging field of multimodal biophysiological response - to suggest how these tools might be adapted to musical metering and control signals in creative music contexts.

Don’t come if you are offended by Norweigian black metal or Aphex Twin.

About Duncan

Duncan works in the Digital Creativity Labs at York as a researcher in audio. He holds a PhD in Psychoacoustics from the University of Surrey and previously worked for the Music Faculty at Oxford University and the Computer Music Research Group at Plymouth University. His music is published by Sony/ATV and is used and abused in a variety of sound-picture contexts.

A biography, occasional blog, and full publications list are maintained at

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