I Hear Too Live - II 11 Sep 2012


Photo By Kippa Matthews (http://www.kippamatthews.co.uk/)

I-Hear-Too members are putting the finishes touches on new sound art work for a unique event coming up next week on Wednesday 19th September.

After the success of the  I Hear Too Live event in the Minster in 2009 we have commissioned sound artists and composers to produce new works in response to the fabulous rooms and spaces of the historic Guildhall and Mansion House in York. 


The programme includes contributions from Louise K Wilson, David Chapman, Geodesic Arts, Historyworks (Helen Weinstein and Jon Calver), Jon Was and Aaron Watson and has been produced in collaboration with the International Conference on Digital Audio Effects.(DAFx-12) which takes place in York this year. 


'Architexture 1' crew - l to r:Ambrose Field, Aglaia Foteinou, Andrew Chadwick, Jez Wells, Jude Brereton

The evening culminates in a fantastic new choral piece 'Architexture 1' by Ambrose Field and the Ebor Singers which has been specially composed to fit the individual acoustic of the Main Hall of the Guildhall.
A team of researchers, led by Jude Brereton from the Audio Lab, Dept of Electronics, University of York, recorded impulse responses in the Guildhall to enable the piece to be written specifically for the  venue's acoustic. Composer Ambrose Field explains: "Composers throughout the ages have created music for specific locations. However, this work explores links between the composition and performance venue in manner more detailed than was traditionally feasible when creating a piece ‘for’ a space. Through the help of an acoustic analysis, Architexture I features precise and intricate connections between the musical material and the architecture of the venue."

I-Hear-Too Researchers in York Grand Tour 1 May 2012


Research by members of I Hear Too is featured on York Grand Tour - a celebration of York's achievement in Science and Industry.  The York Grand Tour consists of 60 large-scale images and messages placed in prime locations across the city centre seen by thousands of people as they go about their daily work or leisure. Each image is accompanied by text and a QR code to allow the viewer to link through to further on-line resources, including in our case, some audio examples of our work.

Our exhibit is loacted in the Museum Gardens by the ruins of St. Mary's Abbey and describes how University of York AudioLab researchers are using the latest 3-D audio modelling technology to recreate the sound of 16th century choral voices in the Abbey ruins.

The York Grand Tour also has a smartphone App to allow visitors to make the most of the tour
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Before its closure by Henry VIII in 1539, St Mary’s Abbey Church rivaled York Minster in both size and spectacle. What was it like 500 years ago to walk through its darkened aisles and hear soaring voices echo through the gothic vaults?

Researchers in the AudioLab are bringing the sounds of the past to life using the technology that architects employ to design buildings of the future.

The Acoustic Reconstruction of St Mary’s Abbey: Damian T. Murphy, Stephen Oxnard, Aglaia Foteinou AudioLab, Department of Electronics, University of York, UK.

More about the York Grand Tour

More about the acoustic reconstruction of St Mary's Abbey


(Images: Stephen Oxnard and Aglaia Foteinou)

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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