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Venue design focus for Reproduced Sound 2010

David Davies 28 September 2010

The 2010 edition of the Institute of Acoustics-organised Reproduced Sound conference will have as its theme ‘Performing Arts Venues: Balancing the Design’ and will incorporate a keynote paper from Jonathan Adams, architect of the conference’s host venue, the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

Taking place on 18/19 November, the event will also feature the presentation of the Peter Barnett Memorial Award to distinguished American acoustician Dr Leo Beranek (now aged 95) in recognition of his “enormous contribution to the field of electroacoustics, especially in relation to loudspeakers intelligibility and signal processing.”

Pianist/conductor Shelley Katz will give a performance accompanied by an electronic orchestra brought to life through a multi-array of loudspeaker technologies, while Illustrious Company co-founder Martyn Ware – who is perhaps best-known for his associations with pioneering pop groups Human League and Heaven 17 – will demonstrate pieces resulting from a recent immersive audio collaboration with Goldsmiths College, London, and Duran Audio in Cardiff.

Paul Malpas, chairman of the Institute of Acoustics’ electroacoustics group, commented: “Reproduced Sound has firmly established itself as a ‘must attend’ event for many people from a wide background in acoustics and audio sectors – and this year’s conference promises to be one of the best yet.

“Not only do we again have an extremely rich and eclectic mix of papers that will provide delegates with a very valuable consolidation of recent developments, but equally importantly it will again afford superb networking opportunities, and indeed it has become famous for this over the years.

“We are especially delighted to be coming this year to the Wales Millennium Centre which has quickly established itself as a world-class arts and cultural destination. The address by Jonathan Adams should provide a fascinating insight into the inter-disciplinary approach required by an architect to bring a project of this size and complexity to a successful conclusion.”

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