Meetings Archive – 2018

Applications of perceptual psychology and neuroscience to audio engineering problems

Date: 29 Jan 2018
Time: 18:00

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

Title – Applications of perceptual psychology and neuroscience to audio engineering problems

Authors –  Cleopatra Pike, School of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of St Andrews.
Amy V Beeston, School of Music, University of Leeds


Human psychology and neuroscience are involved in the design of many audio products. Firstly, they can be used to determine whether the products suit the needs of the people they aim to serve. ‘Human-technology interaction’ research is conducted to ascertain how humans respond to audio products – where they help and where they hinder.  However, issues remain with this research, such as getting reliable reports from people about their experience.

Secondly, psychology and neuroscience can be used to solve engineering problems via ‘human inspired approaches’ (e.g. they can be used produce robots that listen like humans in noisy environments). To fulfil this aim audio engineers and psychologists must determine the biological and behavioural principles behind how humans listen.  However, the human hearing system is a black-box which has developed over years of evolution. This makes understanding and applying human principles to technology challenging.

We discuss some of the benefits and issues involved in an interdisciplinary approach to developing audio products. We include examples from our research investigating how machine listeners might simulate human hearing in compensating for reverberation and spectral distortion, how machine listeners might achieve the perceptual efficiency of humans by optimally combining multiple senses, and how the input from tests on humans can be used to optimise the function of hearing aids.

#HeforShe Event: Gender Equality and the Audio Industries

Date: 22 Feb 2018
Time: 18:30

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

#HeforShe Event: Gender Equality and the Audio Industries

Date: 22nd February 2018, 18:30
Location: Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York

We are delighted to announce that on the 22nd February the North of England section will be hosting a panel session on Gender Equality and the Audio Industries under the banner of the #HeforShe United Nations Campaign.  Our speakers include Dr Jude Brereton (Senior Lecturer in Audio and Music Technology, University of York), Kat Young (PhD researcher, University of York), Dr Liz Dobson (Senior Lecturer in Media Technology, University of Huddersfield) and Emmanuel Vaas (Senior Lecturer in Professional Studies and Music Business; International Pianist).  The session will be chaired by Dr Mariana Lopez (Vice-chair of AES UK; Lecturer in Sound Production and Post Production, University of York).

You can register to this free event here.

AES British Section Annual General Meeting 2018

Date: 7 Feb 2018
Time: 18:30

Location: King’s College – Bush House
Bush House

The AES Annual General Meeting will be held at Kings College on Wednesday 7th February, in the Bush House Lecture Theatre at 18:30pm

There are to be no new committee members elected this year.

The AGM is for members only however it will be followed by a lecture from newly elected Chair Mariana Lopez which is open to the public, starting at  19:00.

Please sign up to the event using the eventbrite page.



Mariana has a background in music, sound design and acoustics. Her MA dissertation (University of York) focused on exploring the creation of a new format of sonic art entitled ‘audio film’ that may be considered as an alternative to Audio Description for visually impaired audiences. In 2013 she completed her PhD at the University of York on the importance of virtual acoustics to further our understanding of medieval drama. In 2014 she joined the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE, Anglia Ruskin University) as a Senior Research Fellow. In 2016 she moved to York to start a position as Lecturer in Sound Production and Post Production at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television, where she is the programme director for the Masters in Postproduction in Sound Design. She is also active in the field of sound design, having worked on a number of short films, theatre productions and installations. She is currently the Vice-chair of the Audio Engineering Society British section.



Title: Sound design and binaural audio for visually impaired film audiences

This talk presents the concepts, processes and results linked to the Enhancing Audio Description project (funded by the AHRC), which seeks to provide accessible audio‐visual experiences to visually impaired audiences using sound design techniques and spatialisation. Film grammars have been developed throughout film history, but such languages have matured with sighted audiences in mind and assuming that seeing is more important than hearing. We will challenge such assumptions by demonstrating how sound effects, first person narration as well as breaking the rules of sound mixing, can allow us to create accessible versions of films that are true to the filmmaker’s conception.

The meeting will be followed by a social at the Shakespeare’s Head in Holbourn.

Up Your Output 2018

Date: 17 Mar 2018
Time: 09:00

Location: Leeds Beckett University – James Graham Building – Headingley Campus
Headingley Campus

The Audio Engineering Society British Section’s annual student event Up Your Output will take place at Leeds Beckett University over the weekend of 17th/18th March 2018. The event will feature keynotes, workshops and talks from a wide range of practitioners from industry and academia.  The event is a flagship for equality and diversity and encourages good practice among our young members, exposing them to a diverse range of inspiring role models.

Confirmed speakers:
Ann Charles
Ian Corbett
Leslie Gaston Bird
Kate Hopkins
Gavin Kearney
Marta Salogni
Katie Tavini

Keep in touch with our social media accounts for more announcements in the next few weeks. Bookings will open at the end of January. For more information please visit our website or email

S3A - Future Spatial Audio for an Immersive Listener Experience

Date: 31 Jan 2018
Time: 18:30

Location: Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton
University Rd

S3A – Future Spatial Audio for an Immersive Listener Experience

Date: 31st January 2018
Time: 18:30
Venue: Wolfson Building, ISVR, University of Southampton
Speaker: Filipo Fazi, University of Southampton

This talk and tour will discuss the progress and outputs of the S3A project.    S3A is a major five-year UK research collaboration between internationally leading experts in 3D audio and visual processing, the BBC and UK industry. The partnership aims to unlock the creative potential of 3D sound to provide immersive experiences to the general public at home or on the move.
The goal of S3A is to deliver a step-change in the quality of audio consumed by the general public, using novel audio-visual signal processing to enable immersive audio to work outside the research laboratory in everyone’s home. S3A aims to unlock the creative potential of 3D sound and deliver to listeners a step change in immersive experiences.  To achieve this S3A brings together leading experts and their research teams at the Universities of Surrey, Salford and Southampton and BBC Research & Development.
The project focuses on:

  • Understanding listener perception of spatial audio in natural spaces
  • Listener centered reproduction of spatial audio at home
  • Reproduction of perceptually accurate 3D sound in natural spaces
  • Platform agnostic production & reproduction of spatial audio

S3A is funded by the  Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
The talk will be followed by tours of ISVR with practical demos such as:

  • Transaural array with camera listener tracking.
  • Object-based Audio Production tools
  • Decorrelation Demo (“Rain Demo”)
  • Compensated Stereo demo
  • Multi zone Audio arrays
  • In ceiling microphone arrays with sound localisation & visualisation.

Please register here.

Cancelled: #HeforShe Event Scotland: Gender Equality Panel Discussion

Date: 8 Mar 2018
Time: 06:30

Location: Glasgow Caledonian University (City Campus)
70 Cowcaddens Road
Glasgow G4 0BA

This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

POSTPONED: Hearing and head movement: auditory externalization, conversations, and hearing prostheses signal processing

Date: 26 Feb 2018
Time: 19:30

Location: Compass House, Cambridge
Compass House, Newmarket Road

We apologise, but for safety reasons tonight’s AES Cambridge lecture by Dr Alan Archer-Boyd will be postponed until the 19th of March.

Drive safe if you do have to drive for other reasons this evening.


Speaker: Dr. Alan Archer-Boyd

Alan Archer-Boyd is a post-doc at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. Since joining the CBU in 2015 he has developed the STRIPES test for assessing cochlear-implant (CI) listeners’ spectro-temporal processing performance. He is currently investigating the effect of head movement and dynamic-range compression on CI listeners’ perception of sound level. Previously he was a post-doc on the ICANHEAR project at the Institute for Communication Acoustics, Ruhr-Universität Bochum  (Bochum, Germany), and a Ph.D. student at the MRC/CSO Institute of Hearing Research – Scottish Section (Glasgow, UK). His main research interests are spatial hearing, audio signal processing, and head movement in normal-hearing and hearing impaired listeners.

Subject: “Hearing and head movement: auditory externalization, conversations, and hearing prostheses signal processing”.

The auditory environment is almost constantly moving, due to both listener and sound source motion. Research has increased in recent years on the effects of motion, and in particular head movement, on auditory perception. This talk will cover a wide-range of areas where head movement has been studied with respect to listening, including its effects on the externalization of sounds, analysis of conversations in different acoustic scenarios, and listener orienting behaviour in noisy environments. The interaction between head movement and hearing device signal processing will be discussed, including the use of head-movement information to improve the performance of the devices.


Compass House, East Road, Cambridge.

Designing Sound Studios - Dr Eddie Veale, Veale Associates

Date: 6 Mar 2018
Time: 18:00

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

AES South of England Group

Designing Sound Studios

Dr Eddie Veale, Veale Associates

Tuesday 6th March 2018, Palmerston Lecture Theatre, Spark Building

Southampton Solent University

6pm for 6:30 start

Sound studios can be exciting projects, and Dr Eddie Veale of Veale Associates has worked on studio design since the 1960s, including music studios, dubbing theatres, radio and TV studios.   He has an extensive track record which includes clients as varied as John Lennon, David Gilmour, Pete Townshend, Mike Oldfield, Trevor Horn, Roundhouse Studios, CBS Recording Studios, Virgin Radio, Island Records, Dolby Laboratories and Carlton TV.

In this presentation, Eddie will identify the various types of studio, review operational needs and the approach to design, examining the similarities and differences in studio design across different types and genres.

This meeting is a joint meeting bringing together AES South, IoA Southern Branch and the SMPTE Solent student chapter for the first time.   It is open to the general public – tickets can be booked via Eventbrite (link below).

About the presenter:

Eddie began his career working as an engineer at Advision, where he was invited to look after their studios and this gave him the opportunity to become one of the pioneers in studio design and the practice of acoustics for recording.

The work at Advision put Eddie in front of some of the industry’s leading artists, producers and studios. This led to the opportunity of designing one of the first professional home recording studio for John Lennon at his Tittenhurst Park home. Here John recorded one of the most famous albums ever, “Imagine”, which Eddie worked on too.

This was a turning point for Eddie and the recording industry; more artists wanted a home studio and professional studios started taking acoustics seriously. As a result Veale Associates began to grow.

Registration and getting here:

To book a place at this talk, please use the Eventbrite link below:

Parking space cannot be guaranteed, but is usually available in the main university car park, accessed off St Andrews Road (SO40 0YN).   Other city centre car parks are available.  We are within 5 minutes walk of Southampton Central Rail station.




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).

Please register for the event using this link: