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22nd AES UK Conference

Illusions in Sound: the application of psychoacoustics to audio

11-12 April 2007, New Hall, Cambridge

The 22nd AES UK Conference will cover the whole gamut of techniques, technologies and controversies involved in the art of creating convincing illusions in audio through the use of psychoacoustics - our knowledge of how the ear/brain combination works to enable us to hear and localise sounds around us.

Among almost 20 papers, the role of psychoacoustics in consumer and sound reinforcement audio system and loudspeaker design will be examined, along with an overview of the latest developments in spatial recording and reproduction. The latest, stunning techniques for realising full 3D surround will be unveiled, and dramatically different approaches to the art of creating surround recordings will be contrasted, along with a panel that asks the question, "What do we really want from surround-sound?"

Presenters will look at how the 'sound' of real acoustic spaces can be captured for use in surround reverberation systems, provide an overview of audio in the electronic games industry and discuss the applications of surround-sound in radio drama. Wavefield synthesis techniques and hierarchical structures for delivering highest quality surround to a range of target systems will be examined along with the art of creating music in space - and spaces for music.

Presentations will cover both the most recent research and the latest practical developments in the art of creating sonic illusions.

In addition to the papers there will be two demonstration rooms in which current 3D and planar spatial reproduction systems can be experienced, compared and enjoyed, with a wide variety of content.

Who should attend:

The Conference is a must for anyone who is involved, or intends to be involved, in surround and spatial audio in the broadcasting, professional or consumer electronics industries or the academic world; from gaming to movies, radio and TV, to rock or classical recording, sound reinforcement, or the design of consumer entertainment replay and production systems.

Conference Information:

The Conference will be held on Wednesday 11 April and Thursday 12 April, 2007 at New Hall College, Cambridge.

Conference proceedings, lunch, refreshments and Wednesday evening's dinner are included in the registration fee of £348 +VAT (£298 +VAT for AES Members) and optional on-site accommodation is available at a very reasonable rate (see booking form or web site for details).

A special discounted rate is available for students. In addition, a limited number of bursaries is available to bona-fide UK students, sponsored by companies in the audio industry. Full details of student rates and bursaries can be obtained here.

The venue for the event is New Hall, the Cambridge college for women founded in 1954. The college buildings were constructed from 1964 onwards and are regarded as modern architectural masterpieces, arranged around the stunning Dome dining hall. The college is set in 11 acres of grounds with informal lawns and gardens.

Optional overnight accommodation for the conference has been organised within the college, and this residential arrangement will allow for the full networking potential of the conference as well as the chance to experience the true ambience of a Cambridge college near the heart of this ancient, world-renowned seat of learning.

The AES 22nd UK Conference will be an event not to be missed!

Further information:

Disclaimer: The organisers reserve the right to change the authors and topics
without notice.

British Section of the Audio Engineering Society : PO Box 645 : Slough : SL1 8BJ : Tel.01628 663725 : Email