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  • Date and time: Thursday 16 June 2016, 6.30pm to 7:30pm
  • Location: Holbeck Cinema: Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York Campus East
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Surround sound is a way to create immersive audio experiences through placing multiple loudspeakers around an audience, in the cinema, theatre or at home. The development of surround sound as we know it has had a rich and varied history, but has largely focused on increasing the number of loudspeakers around the audience for a more immersive experience. But can this strategy realistically be employed in the home?

Join Gavin Kearney of the University of York to discuss - and listen to - how surround sound experiences have evolved from 16th Century Venetian choral performances to the large scale cinematic installations we hear today. Find out what recent research in surround sound technology means for the future of surround sound in the home.

About the speaker

Dr Gavin Kearney is a Lecturer in Audio and Music Technology at the University of York. He is a member of the Department of Electronics’ AudioLab, an innovative group of researchers dedicated to improving immersive sound experiences for a diverse range of applications including music, cinema, gaming, social media, cultural heritage, theatre and architectural acoustics. His expertise is in spatial audio and surround sound and he is currently researching how to improve spatial audio delivery in UK homes through novel and practical technologies.

The SADIE Project

Gavin Kearney leads the SADIE project - a multidisciplinary research project that aims to provide transformative improvements in spatial sound for interactive media experiences. The research is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). For more information visit

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