Forthcoming Meetings

Binaural Sound Map of Malaga

Date: 11 Apr 2018
Time: 18:30

Location: Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York
Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York

We are very excited to announce that Carmen Rosas will be joining us in York to present her research on creating a Binaural Sound Map of Malaga!

Every city sound has a great impact on its inhabitants’ everyday life. Streets, squares, parks, buildings and businesses, present a sonic footprint which characterises every city at a certain period. Despite this, in the field of acoustics these sounds are usually analysed as noises to be measured and reduced, and the sonic characterisation of a city is usually limited to the production of a map depicting the levels of the main acoustic pollution sources. This fact may have caused the study of city sounds to be deemed secondary and may also have led to prioritising the resolution of conflicts brought about by unwanted noises. However, as it happens with the natural environment, taking proper care of an acoustic environment stems from its knowledge and appreciation.

This sound map aims at creating a tool that collects some of the most distinctive soundscapes of Malaga, an important touristic city with multiple and different soundscapes (and also many conflicts caused by noise) so that they can be listened to by their inhabitants and people from all over the world, become part of the city’s cultural heritage and be archived and catalogued for their conservation. It has also the intention of promoting the awareness of preserving a good quality sound environment by showing the diversity and richness of the soundscapes of the city.

You can experience the Sound Map of Malaga here:


Date: 12 Apr 2018
Time: 18:00

Location: Southampton Solent University
Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace

Joint meeting between the AES South of England group and SMPTE Southampton chapter

(members and non-members welcome)


Thursday 12th April 2018  |  18:00 for an 18:30 start

Palmerston Lecture Theatre, The Spark, Southampton Solent University, SO14 0YN

Please register in advance on eventbrite:


This joint meeting examines the new technologies in radio and how radio is looking towards developing future audiences and experiences.   There are two presentations, by Chris Baume (BBC Research and development) and Jamie Laundon (BBC Design and Engineering).

Chris Baume: The Mermaid’s Tears – creating the world‘s first live interactive object-based radio drama

Object-based audio is a revolutionary approach to broadcasting that enables the production and delivery of immersive, interactive and accessible listening experiences. Chris will start by presenting an overview of the opportunities and challenges of object-based audio. He will describe how BBC R&D designed and built an experimental radio studio and an end-to-end object-based broadcast chain. Finally, he will discuss how the studio was used to deliver the world’s first live interactive object-based radio drama, as part of the Orpheus collaborative project.

Chris Baume is a Senior Research Engineer at BBC R&D in London, where he leads the BBC’s research into audio production tools and the BBC’s role in the Orpheus EU H2020 project. His research interests include semantic audio analysis, interaction design, object-based audio and spatial audio. Chris is a Chartered Engineer and a PhD candidate at the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing at the University of Surrey.

Jamie Laundon: Audio over IP and AES67 – learning to play nicely together

As AoIP becomes commonplace across the industry, the BBC’s Jamie Laundon provides an informative summary of the current state of IP audio in the radio studio, how the latest update to AES67 improves interoperability, and how Plugfests are used to identify and resolve issues between different systems. He will also walk us through an example installation to discuss the various options and decisions you need to make to make your next installation fully IP.

Jamie Laundon is a Senior Technologist at BBC Design and Engineering. He delivers complex technology projects for the BBC’s national radio networks, with a focus on connectivity, workflow design, metadata and networked audio. His 16 year radio career began within UK commercial radio at Heart and LBC in London, before becoming Technical Manager at Galaxy Radio in Yorkshire. He later joined Radio Computing Services (RCS) as an integration specialist working with radio networks across Europe and the Middle East.  Jamie is a member of the Engineering innovation team researching BBC Radio’s next-generation “Internet Fit Radio Studios”, with a focus on networked audio interoperability.

The meeting will be held on Thursday 12th April 2018, Palmerston Lecture Theatre, Spark Building.    Refreshments will be served from 6pm for the talk to start at 6:30pm.   Parking space cannot be guaranteed, but is usually available in the main university car park, accessed off St Andrews Road.

How Technology is Changing the Human Voice

Date: 30 May 2018
Time: 18:30

Location: University of Salford
Univeristy of Salford

We are delighted to have Professor Trevor Cox presenting as part of the AES British Section series of talks!

The human voice has always been in flux, but over the last hundred years or so, changes have been accelerated by technology. Watch a video of Barcelona, a duet between rock frontman Freddie Mercury and opera soprano Montserrat Caballé, and the difference between an old and new singing style is stark. These differences are not just about taste, they are driven by technology, with amplification freeing pop singers from the athletic task of reaching the back of a venue unaided. This allows someone like Freddie to be much more individualistic. Actors’ voices have also changed, no longer do we have actor’s projecting their plumy voice using Received Pronunciation. But now viewers complain that they can’t understand the naturalistic accents used in modern TV and film. The talk will begin with examples likes these to explore the changing voice. It will then speculate about the future of the voice. What technologies might be developed to combat the loss of intelligibility caused by mumbling actors? As conversations with computers get more common, how might that change how we speak? Some have already found that Siri is a useful tool to get children to improve their diction. ‘Photoshop for voice’ has already been demonstrated. On the surface this is a useful tool for audio editors, but it also allows unscrupulous individuals to fake speech. Rich in sound examples, the talk will draw on Trevor’s latest popular science book, Now You’re Talking (Bodley Head 2018).

AES UK Mastering Section Conference 2018

Date: 22 Sep 2018
Time: 00:00


AES UK Mastering Section Conference 2018!



The AES UK Mastering Section Conference welcomes academics, mastering engineers, producers, artists, industry professionals, technology developers and equipment manufacturers to come together and submit abstracts or workshop proposals for consideration on a wide range of topics including:


Mastering past, present & future

Mastering technology & practice

Innovation in audio relating to mastering & post-produciton

Business matters relating to mastering & post-production


Authors are requested to submit a short Abstract. Abstracts of 300 – 500 words will be reviewed for inclusion in the conference programme. After the conference, presenting authors will be given the option to prepare a full chapter for inclusion in a conference book to be considered for publication with Routledge.


Authors will be expected to to submit a Full Chapter of 5-6000 words by 1st November 2018. Full chapter submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least two referees. Papers must be of high quality, original, and not published elsewhere or submitted for publication during the review period.


Abstracts and Papers should be submitted by Monday 9th April 2018 by email to:


The AES UK Mastering Section are also welcoming proposals for innovative and interactive demonstrations appropriate to the conference scope. If you are interested in being involved in any way please contact us at the following email address:



Conference Scope



Conference themes and topics include:


Audio Mastering: past, present and future

Mastering practice: human or artificial intelligence

Innovation in mastering and post production

Music consumer behaviour: the changing psychology and perceived value of mastering

Platforms for dissemination and sending mastered audio (watermarking, DDP etc.)

Mastering & mastering studio technology innovation

Audio engineering: audio and acoustics technology and practice in relation to mastering and post-produciton

Hi-res audio and future music formats

Online mastering, and new trends in mastering

Professional practice and business in mastering


Dates and Deadlines



Submission of abstracts for consideration: Monday 9th April 2018

Authors notified if abstract accepted or rejected: Friday 27th April 2018

Programme and all accepted abstracts available on conference website: Monday 14th May 2018

Early registration – Authors expected to have registered and paid by: Friday 22nd June 2018

Completed paper submission deadline for inclusion in Routledge book: Thursday 1st November 2018