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Annual General Meeting and Lecture

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King's College London

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The AES Annual General Meeting will be held at Kings College on Wednesday 7th February at 18:30, followed by a lecture at 19:00 from Mariana Lopez.


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

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.

Bio:

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.

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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.

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