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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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October 2019 Meeting Report – Pro Tools Workflows

Exploring the Pro Tools Workflow Enhancements


Chairman Graeme Huon welcomed attendees and introduced our speaker Drew Parson, Audio Applications Specialist at AVID Australian & New Zealand. Graeme also introduced Leigh Spachic, General Manager of Innovative Music Australia, and thanked him for facilitating this presentation.

Drew reviewed a variety of new and sometimes overlooked Pro Tools features developed over the last four years to date with a focus on TV, post-production and music production workflows. In line with its policy of continuous Pro Tools updates, AVID developed many of these enhancements in direct response to customer feedback and evolving technical standards, practices and partner ecosystems.

Chairman Graeme Huon introduces Drew Parsons [photo: Rod Staples]
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October Meeting Notice: Pro Tools Workflows

Meeting Notice

The next meeting of the AES Melbourne Section will be held on Monday October 28th 2019 at 7:30pm at The SAE Institute – Lecture Theatre, 235 Normanby Rd South Melbourne (directions below).

Avid’s Drew Parsons will present on the topic:

Exploring the Pro Tools Workflow Enhancements

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Prelim Meeting Notice: October Meeting

The next meeting of the AES Melbourne Section is being planned for late October (target date is Mon Oct 28th).

It will be a Protools-flavoured presentation.

Sorry for the delay, and stay tuned for further information.

August 2019 Meeting Report: Machine Learning/Artifical Intelligence and Audio

Following the Section’s Annual General Meeting (see AGM Report at: http://www.aesmelbourne.org.au/2019-agm-report/ ), Graeme Huon introduced our speaker Guillaume Potard who presented to us on Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence and its relevance to the world of audio.

Guillaume started with a brief introduction to the concepts of ML and AI, introducing the concepts of artificial narrow intelligence (where it is designed for a very narrow speciality, like playing a specific game of skill, like Go), and artificial general intelligence, as in the human brain.
He went on to contrast the estimated performance of the human brain, at approx. 1000 petaflops (one thousand million floating point operations) operating at 200Hz with a power consumption of just 20 watts with the most powerful current supercomputers ( eg Tahne-2) at only 32 petaflops at GHZz ranges and with a power consumption of 25 Megawatts.

Guillaume explains Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence for audio – photo Rod Staples
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