Academics to Explore the 'Science of Sound' at Nerve Centre

Academics to Explore the 'Science of Sound' at Nerve Centre

Café Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafés, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context.

Make sure you are 'match fit' for CultureTECH Festival by attending the Café Scientifique ‘Good Vibrations….the Science of Sound’ event with Frank Lyons and Sabastian Heinz from 7pm on Sept 11 at Café Nervosa.

Frank Lyons is Professor of Music and Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Institute at University of Ulster. He has developed an international profile as a composer and researcher with performances and exhibitions of his works having been given in China, Japan, Australia, South Africa, the US, Europe, the UK and Ireland and broadcast on BBC, RTE, NPR and ABCFM by artists such as the Ulster Orchestra, Ensemble Noszferatu, The Smith Quartet, Fidelio Trio, HU/Slotkin Duo, Darragh Morgan, Mary Dullea, Paul Roe, Carlos Bonell, Mark Chambers, Simon Jermyn and Alan Banks.

During his talk he will discuss and demonstrate how the science of zeros and ones has made the science of music more inclusive, opening up new realms for composition and performance by disabled and non-disabled creative artists.

Sebastian Heinz, originally from Germany, is a creative technology entrepreneur and a PhD Researcher at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen's University Belfast.

His research and work is based on the development of collaborative tangible user interfaces for music. He is particularly interested in user contribution and customisation. Over the recent years the context of his work has become less academic and more entrepreneurial.

Sebastien will present 'Patchblocks', a music making product he has been working on over the past years. It is based on the concept of externalising a creative idea and sharing it with the world in a tangible as well as digital form. It also allows users to connect their ideas with those of others to form a network of music making creative technology - or in other words a table full of programmable sound gadgets with lots of cables, knobs and buttons for collaborative music fun.

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