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2020 Meeting Calendar

The Section Committee is working assiduously on the meeting calendar for the 2020 year.

The first meeting of 2020 is expected to be in February, and will probably be a facility tour, as usual.

Expect more news on this early in the new year.

December 2019 Meeting Report – Sound and Emotion

Graeme Huon introduced our speaker Neil McLachlan, Associate Professor of the Melbourne University School of Psychological Sciences who was to present to us on Sound and Emotion.

Graeme outlined Neil’s wide range of experience as a researcher in the Departments of Engineering, Architecture, Psychology and Music, as well as working professionally as a performer, instrument designer, and acoustic consultant.

Section Chair Graeme Huon introduces Neil McLachlan to the meeting

Neil started by introducing the idea of an “auditory brain”, and understanding sound from a psychological perspective. He gave us a quick summary of his work on the Federation Bells project, explaining how one dimensional vibration systems (i.e. voices and most instruments) naturally produce harmonic series, but bells, gongs, and other percussions instruments vibrate in two or three dimensions, so they don’t produce harmonic series. Up to that point nobody had been able to produce bells with harmonic series. He then briefly described how he arrived at the bell shapes necessary to produce bells with perfect pitch.
He went on to describe his experiences with the Gamelan Indonesian percussion orchestras and their use of dissonance as a musical element.

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Meeting Notice: December 2019

The next meeting of the AES Melbourne Section will be held on Monday December 9th 2019 at 7:30pm at
The SAE Institute – Lecture Theatre, 235 Normanby Rd South Melbourne (directions below).

Associate Professor Neil McLachlan of the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences will present on the topic:

Sound and Emotion

This talk will outline a new neuro-biological understanding of how hearing works. It will show how many auditory functions generally believed to involve complex neural processes in the human neo-cortex, are actually shared with primitive animals, and so involve ancient and relatively simple brain networks.

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