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AES Toronto Going to McMaster University’s LIVELab on Tuesday

live-lab-1The Toronto section of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) will be heading to McMaster University’s LIVELab on Tuesday, May 31st, for an interesting peak at the researchers’ unique work looking into the effects of music and sound on the brain, as well as the audio technology in the facility.  The event does require pre-registration, which is free, and can be found at the bottom of the page here: www.torontoaes.org/music-mind-livelab/

When: Tuesday May 31, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: LIVELab
Psychology Building (#34)
2nd Floor LIVELab
McMaster University
1280 Main Street W.
Hamilton, Ontario

Part-1:  Meet some of the researchers and learn about the technologies in this world-class facility.

Dr. Dan Bosnyak.  The LIVELab:  a description of technology and systems installed in a facility purposely designed to study the neuroscience of human interaction in a musical context.

Dr. Ranil Sonnadara.  An overview of methods for studying the enhancement of audience enjoyment using technology to increase audience engagement in artistic performance.

Dr. Ian Bruce.  Evaluation of hearing aids in realistic, complex listening environments.

Part-2:  Introduction to the Meyer Constellation Acoustic System and live demonstrations of its capabilities.

Jerry Placken, John Pellowe and Pierre Germain from Meyer Sound Laboratories will discuss the history, development and application of the Constellation system:

  • The presentation will begin with a brief history of variable acoustics and electro-acoustic systems.
  • Meyer Sound will discuss our history with the Variable Room Acoustics System (VRAS) developed with Dr. Mark Poletti and the development of the Constellation system
  • We will present an overview of in-line and non-inline systems, system design methodology, system components and Meyer Sound Services.
  • There will be an explanation of the types of Constellation systems including Constellation Performance, Constellation Voice Lift and Constellation Acoustic Focus
  • We will discuss the additional integrated and 3rd party system options such as multi-channel surround, cinema, PA and video conferencing.
  • We will present a sample of existing Constellation systems including the system in LIVELab.
  • The presentation will end with live demonstrations by a string quartet to allow attendees to experience the Constellation system

About MIMM and LIVELab

The McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM) is an interdisciplinary group of researchers including psychologists, neuroscientists, music theorists, musicians, dancers, media artists, mathematicians, kinesiologists, health scientists, and engineers.

The LIVE (Large Interactive Virtual Environment) Lab is a unique 106-seat Research Performance Hall designed to investigate the experience of music, dance, multimedia presentations, and human interaction.

The 2000 sq. ft. performance hall was specially constructed for active acoustics. The hall is housed in a heavy exterior concrete shell and built on rubber pucks so as to be vibration as well as sound isolated, with a second acoustically-isolated inner shell built inside the exterior shell. Heating and air conditioning systems were specially designed for low turbulence and very slow air movement to minimize heating and air conditioning noise.

This design creates a large, incredibly quiet space (meeting NC10 background noise standards), rivaling most much smaller sound recording studios. In addition, acoustic treatment inside the room produces a very low natural reverberation. The result is an acoustic ‘blank slate’ which can then be modified by the active acoustics system to create the desired acoustic environment.

The Constellation system is a ground-breaking technology that enables the acoustic properties of a room to be altered instantaneously to recreate almost any type of sound environment.

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