UPDATE Programme for 18th May Event 15 May 2009

A small change in the programme as Mark Edmonds has had to pull out at the last minute and will now hopefully be presenting at our Glasgow event in September instead.

We are very pleased to announce that at the 11th hour sound artist Craig Vear has agreed to present aspects of his recent work:

Superfield [Mumbai] - the see-hearing dimension of sound art

Craig Vear, composer and sound artist; Adelphi Research Institute, University of Salford

The programme has been updated below.

UPDATE 12 May 2009

Registration for the 18th May Workshop at the British Library is now closed. Many thanks for all your interest.

British Library - Further Information: Directions to Centre for Conservation 6 May 2009

The Centre for Conservation is accessed from the first floor of the British Library.

Take the main stairs to the left of the Information Desk to the first floor (not the Upper Ground Floor). At the top of the stairs turn right and walk alongside the King's Library, then take your first left. Follow the corridor along through the first set of double doors directly ahead. Then go through the double doors on your immediate right into the stair lobby. Go through the glass doors onto the terrace, the Centre for Conservation is directly ahead of you.

If you require further directions, please ask at the Information Desk in foyer of the British Library.

Second Worksop, Monday 18th May - The British Library, London
3 May 2009

Sound as a Heritage Object

Hosted by the British Library Sound Archive, our second workshop event will focus on sound as a heritage artefact in its own right, and the speakers during the day have been invited to reflect this particular aspect of audio and heritage research.

Please note: there is no charge to attend the workshop, but places are limited, so please register soon to avoid disappointment.

Please register by Monday 11th May by Emailing info[@]iheartoo.org or by contacting Jude Brereton direct at the contact details given in panel to the right.


VENUE: Centre for Conservation - see directions post

10:00 - Coffee and registration

10:15 - Welcome:
Damian Murphy - I-Hear-Too
Richard Ranft - Head of The British Library Sound Archive

10:30 - Digital Preservation at the British Library Sound Archive
Will Prentice - The British Library Sound Archive

10:50 - The non-contact surface scanning of early sound recordings for the preservation of audio content.
Prof. Martyn Hill, Electro-Mechanical Research Group
School of Engineering Sciences
University of Southampton

11:20 - Renovating historically significant recordings
Jez Wells, AudioLab, University of York

11:40 - Interactive Access to Audio Heritage
Josh Reiss, Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London

12:00 - Sound Archive Tour: Part 1

12:00-13:00 - Lunch, Networking, Ideas Exchange

13:00 - Sound Archive Tour: Part 2

13:30 - Superfield [Mumbai] - the see-hearing dimension of sound art

Craig Vear, composer and sound artist; Adelphi Research Institute, University of Salford

14:10 - Fakes and Forgeries
Nigel Bewley, Operations Manager, British Library Sound Archive

14:30 - Coffee

14:40 - Developing Research Ideas

15:45 - Summary

16:00 - Close

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More About I Hear Too

Sound is often considered the poor relation of visual stimuli, yet plays a significant role in conveying information for rapid assimilation by a listener, and is a key component in the multi-modal perception of virtual/augmented reality applications. I-Hear-Too encompasses the understanding and preservation of heritage through the consideration of sound objects (recordings, sound archives, music, instruments), the built environment (architectural acoustics, archaeological acoustics, auralization), sites and landscapes (sound in context). All of these elements are subject to change over time and so their audio/acoustic preservation is just as important for understanding of the past by future generations as any of their other material aspects or properties.

Key research issues include the use of sound recordings and archives in heritage preservation, their restoration, organisation and access together with what to record now for future preservation; virtual acoustic reality and immersive sound as a means to preserve and render sounds and environments in new forms; the role of sound, sound-art and archival recordings as a means to access, enhance understanding, or experience the diversity of heritage; the importance of formalising acoustics research in heritage together with its proper contextualisation; the use of soundscape for conveying information to a listener or wider audience.

I-Hear-Too Live, a programme of sound works, installations, demos and audio interactives to be held in and around York Minster in October 2009 will showcase these aspects of science/heritage research and set a benchmark for future work.

I-Hear-Too will facilitate a step-change in how audio is used for preserving, experiencing and researching heritage, and by the end of the project will have brought together communities to form a newly focused stream of multi-disciplinary research.

About I Hear Too

How can audio and acoustics research be employed in the interpretation, understanding and representation of heritage materials and artifacts?

How might such audio materials be better preserved for future generations of researchers and heritage visitors?

The I-Hear-Too research cluster will attempt to answer these questions...

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