Midlands Branch

Midlands Branch and Audio Engineering Society Wednesday 6th November 2019, 18:00 for an 18:30 Start The Black Box Theatre, Walsall Campus, University of Wolverhampton

Midlands Branch and Audio Engineering Society

Now You're Talking: Human Conversation from the
Neanderthals to Artificial Intelligence

Trevor Cox, Professor of Acoustic Engineering University of Salford

Wednesday 6th November 2019: 18:00 for an 18:30 Start

The Black Box Theatre, The Performance Hub, Walsall Campus, 
University of Wolverhampton, Gorway Road, Walsall WS1 3BD

Join Trevor, as he explores the most exquisite acoustic source: the human voice. Your voice is integral to your personal identity. We judge others not just by their words, but also by the way they talk: their intonation, their pitch, their accent. This was first scientifically examined in a remarkable mass psychoacoustic experiment in the 1920s. Hear about the project to recreate this experiment for the BBC. Talking comes naturally to most of us so it is easy to overlook how truly remarkable the voice is. Mixing scientific analysis with musical interludes, the talk will explore the workings of the voice and how it adapts to different styles. The voice is always in flux, and in recent years changes have been accelerated by technology. Rich in sound examples, the talk will draw on Trevor’s latest popular science book, Now You’re Talking (Bodley Head 2018).

The event is organised by the Institute of Acoustics (IOA Midlands) and Audio Engineering Society (AES Midlands Group).

Attendance is free and everyone welcome but booking is required via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/now-youre-talking-by-trevor-cox-tickets-74807440067

CPD certificates will be provided.  If you have any queries please contact A.Foteinou@wlv.ac.uk.  

As is traditional for IOA Midlands Branch meetings those attending are cordially invited for a meal at a local Indian restaurant after the meeting. Please let Aglaia know if you would like to come, so we can book a table.

Disclaimer: Any views or opinions expressed on any matters by the presenters or participants during or in connection with this presentation are solely the views of the authors of the respective comments and/or opinions and must not be taken to be the views of IOA or any other organisation. IOA makes no representations, warranties or assurances concerning any information provided in these presentations and accepts no responsibility for the content and/or accuracy.


Please follow the web link for directions to Walsall Campus.


Magdelene Road Entrance: Magdelene Road from the Broadway is the best access to parking for the Performance Hub. Parking is on a first come, first served basis and is free of charge.

The venue is easily accessible by road, situated off the A4148, easily accessible from the M6 motorway (J9).

Free parking will be available at the Magdelene Road entrance to the campus and also at the Gorway Road entrance.

Regular trains into Walsall are available from Birmingham New Street. Walsall Campus is 2 miles from the station and the connecting bus service No. 51 stops at the Gorway Road entrance to the Campus.  

06 November 2019

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