Forthcoming Meetings

Lecture by Chris Watson and Christmas Social

Date: 8 Dec 2015
Time: 20:00

Location: Dolby Europe’s London Office
4–6 Soho Square
London W1D 3PZ


20:00 – 21:15 – Drinks/Social networking

21:15 – 22:30 – Lecture and sound demos by Chris Watson (world’s leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena)

NOTE: This event is open both to members and non-members. Registration is not be required.


Catering and venue for this event are kindly provided by Dolby Labs Europe.

AES Scotland Christmas Lecture 2015

Date: 15 Dec 2015
Time: 10:30

Location: Edinburgh Napier University (Craiglockhart Campus)
Glenlockhart Road

Title: You are not supposed to do that!! – how audio recording has adapted to advances and changes in technology

This year the AES Scotland Christmas lecture will be given by Dr Paul Ferguson and Mr Dave Hook of Edinburgh Napier University.

Paul and Dave will take a light-hearted look at how the creativity of users moves music technology in directions unimagined by the original designers. They will look at things as tape, autotuning, turntables, electronic hacking, and end up with some possibilities for audio across distance.

The event will take place on Tuesday 15th Dec (audience seated by 10:30am) and will be held in the iconic Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre which is on the Craiglockhart Campus. You can register freely using our Eventbrite page. All welcome.

Can’t make it to Edinburgh? Thanks to the support of BBC Scotland the lecture will be streamed live on the Internet (link to be added shortly).

Good vibrations: bringing radio drama to life 

Date: 16 Dec 2015
Time: 18:30

Location: Lab 214, Anglia Ruskin University
Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, CB1 1PT

There has been relatively little disruption to sound design and radio production methods since the introduction of digital and non-linear audio editing in the 90s. However, new technologies and audience demand for new experiences mean audio production and sound design is currently undergoing a mini-revolution.

In this presentation Eloise Whitmore will discuss how technological change has impacted the production process and how, in turn, sound design influences storytelling. The talk will cover the resurgence in demand of binaural and look at cutting edge production methods such as object based audio and 3D sound design. The talk will be illustrated by Eloise’s work on a project with Bjork at MoMA, and numerous projects for the BBC.

Listening to science: how music and sound are reshaping scientific investigations

Date: 7 Jan 2016
Time: 18:30

Location: Lab 309, Anglia Ruskin University
East Road

Talk by Domenico Vicinanza

Data sonification is one of the fastest growing disciplines and its study is a fascinating journey through art, technology and science.  From Kepler’s experiments in the XVIII century to the study of sound waves from the sun, from understanding the basics of human physiology to helping detecting cancer, music and sounds have been supporting scientists in many different ways. Science and music are probably two of the most intrinsically linked disciplines in the spectrum of human knowledge and their synergy is transforming the way researchers work, collaborate and think.

In technical terms, auditory perception of complex, structured information could have several advantages in terms of temporal, amplitude, and frequency resolution when compared to visual representations.  Using sound and audible signals to represent information opens up possibilities for an alternative or complement to visualisation techniques. These advantages include the capability of the human ear to detect patterns, recognise timbres and follow different strands at the same time. This would offer, in a natural way, the opportunity of rendering different, interdependent variables into sound in such a way that a listener could gain relevant insight into the represented information or data.

This presentation will start with a brief history of sonification for science and then continue describing how auditory display can provide a unique support to disciplines like particle physics, astronomy, biomechanics and neurosciences.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Extension (Talk/Tour)

Date: 21 Jan 2016
Time: 18:30

Location: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Killermont Street

The extension to Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall has recently opened providing a world-class home for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. AES Scotland invites the acoustics enthusiasts from the group (30 people max) to come to the venue, where the Principal Architect Graeme Baillie, and acoustician Luke Robertson from ARUP ( with provide a tour of the new venue, and talk through the building design, functionality and its acoustic setup.

The event is arranged for the 21st January 2016, start time at 6:30pm. Attendees should arrive at the Killermont Street entrance of the Concert Hall in good time for the start of the tour. Places are strictly limited (for the convenience of the venue holders), and we’ll proceed with first come – first served basis. It will also will be restricted to a maximum of 2 tickets per person, to avoid disappointment.

Please note that registration for this event is only open to AES Members. Please register here:

If you are not a member but would like to join, you can sign up here: