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Imagining Sound Explores Audio Research on Campus

April 8, 2015

Science and art converged on March 18 for Imagining Sound, as UC Davis celebrated its unique strength in both.

Co-hosted by the Office of Research, the event presented university work in sound through video installation, multimedia sculpture, storytelling, and readings, as well as innovations in neuroscience, music scholarship and audio technology.

Imagining Sound is the inaugural event for Intersections in the Arts and Sciences, an experiential showcase of UC Davis’s research in the arts, humanities and science.

“This is a new venue for us to share our diverse portfolio of talents in the arts and sciences, and the research that these disciplines cultivate,” said Harris Lewin, vice chancellor for research. “Our goal is to make this research more accessible to a wider audience beyond our campus.”

Presenters of the evening included:

Sculptural art by Rachael Richards (Karin Higgins/UC Davis photo)

Sculptural art by Rachael Richards (Karin Higgins/UC Davis photo)

  • Michael Accinno, doctoral candidate, musicology
    • A discussion of inclusive design and how music scholarship can be more accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Ralph Algazi, professor emeritus, electrical and computer engineering; co-founder, Dysonics Corp.
    • Immersive Sound for Headphones: Binaural audio capture, designed for headphone listening.
  • Lucy Corin, associate professor, English; director, creative writing program
    • Corin and several students explore what happens when they record work intended for the page, paying close attention to sound.
  • EarFilms
    • The U.K.-based group brought To Sleep To Dream, in which the blindfolded audience listens to an audio-only story that is meant to unlock the imagination.
  • Darrin Martin, associate professor, art and art history
    • A video, Disembody Electric, is derived from a 3-D scan of the artist and manipulated through electronic frequencies.
  • Lee M. Miller, associate professor, neurobiology, physiology and behavior; director, Auditory Neuroscience and Speech Recognition Laboratory, UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain
    • Presentation of neuroscience research that shows that our auditory experience is shaped not just by what we hear, but also by what we see and expectations we have.
  • Rachael Richards, BFA candidate in art and art history
    • The artist uses synesthesia in the process of making three pieces: Mirrored Undulations, Perceptions #1, Amber Verve #1.

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