Audio bridges science and engineering with the complexity of the human listener. If we are to close that gap, we need to ask the right questions. This talk begins with a tutorial overview of topics in modern auditory science that are pertinent to fidelity and resolution. It also sketches information flow in the listener giving some surprising estimates. Next, a quick tour through sound reproduction, starting with analogue, shows how a 'narrow' approach to digital audio inadvertently embedded key errors in recordings and playback systems. This is briefly illustrated with seven theories of 'High-Resolution' and consideration of the paradoxes of losslessness and data vs information flow. If we consider the whole chain from microphone to loudspeaker, and more precisely define objectives for transparency using principles of communication theory, modern sampling theory and current auditory science, we show that a better engineering solution is indeed possible.
Our speaker will be J. Robert (Bob) Stuart who studied electronic engineering and acoustics at the University of Birmingham and took an M.Sc. in operations research at Imperial College, London. While at Birmingham he studied psychoacoustics under Professor Jack Allison, which began a lifelong fascination with the subject. In 1977
Bob joined the Audio Engineering Society (AES) in 1971, has been a Fellow since 1992, and is a member of ASA, IEEE and the Hearing Group at Cambridge. Bob has a deep interest in music and spends a good deal of time listening to live and recorded material.
This online lecture is jointly organised by the AES UK Section Cambridge Group and IET Cambridge Local Network. It is open to all, but registration will be required when it opens in June. A link to the Zoom session will be sent to registered participants prior to the talk.
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