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just to let you all know that the AES meeting for January is as follows.
Coffee and Tea is normally available. No charge for visitors.
best wishes for everyone for the new year.
Peter B

 London: Tuesday 13th January

Perceptual Sound Field Reconstruction and Coherent Synthesis

Zoran Cvetkovic, Professor of Signal Processing at King’s College London

Imagine a group of fans cheering their team at the Olympics from a local pub, who want to feel transposed to the arena by experiencing a faithful and convincing auditory perspective of the scene they see on the screen. They hear the punch of the player kicking the ball and are immersed in the atmosphere as if they are watching from the sideline. Alternatively, imagine a small group of classical music aficionados following a broadcast from the Royal Opera at home, who want to have the experience of listening to it from best seats at the opera house. Imagine having finally a surround sound system with room simulators that actually sound like the spaces they are supposed to synthesise, or watching a 3D nature film in a home theatre where the sound closely follows the movements one sees on the screen. Imagine also a video game capable of providing a convincing dynamic auditory perspective that tracks a moving game player and responds to his actions, with virtual objects moving and acoustic environments changing. Finally, place all this in the context of visual technology that is moving firmly in the direction of ”3D” capture and rendering, where enhanced spatial accuracy and detail are key features. In this talk we will present a technology that enables all these spatial sound applications using low-count multichannel systems.

This month's lecture is being held at King’s College London, Nash Lecture Theatre, K2.31, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS. 6:30pm for 7:00pm start. All welcome. (Click here for further details.)

 sorry for the short notice, but I have only just received this email
. It is a concert on an Electronic instrument, but a custom design !
regards Peter B

Saturday, November 22nd at 7:30pm

Graham Blyth will present the Organ Recital he was going to play at the recent LA convention in the newly completed Hall at Challow Park, part of the Challow Park Studios complex. This space has an internal volume of just under 30,000 cu.ft (866 cu.m), and a wonderful natural acoustic. The organ is a 4 manual digital of his own design, and plays through 36 channels.

His programme features Bach, Buxtehude, Mendelsson, Saint-Saens & Vierne.

Address: Challow Park, Challow Road, Wantage, OX12 9RH

All welcome.

just to let you know that the November AES meeting is as follows.
 Date: 11 Nov 2014
Time: 18:30

Location: ROLI Ltd
2 Glebe Road
London E8 4BD

Lecture by Ben Supper, ROLI Ltd.

ROLI created the Seaboard as an evolution of the piano. The Seaboard sets out to endow the traditional piano keyboard with far greater powers of musical expression, without alienating existing musicians.

What is involved in producing such a musical instrument? In developing the Seaboard, ROLI has had to overcome several classes of problems. There are organisational difficulties: to build and mature a design and manufacturing company from scratch, and to reconcile the ambition of a nascent company with the realities of its capability. Alongside this are several classes of technical problems: to develop and refine new technologies; to find new materials and to learn to manufacture with them, and to bend the aged MIDI specification to handle more expressive information. There are social aspects to this task, too: ROLI has formed partnerships with synthesiser manufacturers, working groups, and industry pioneers to shape the Seaboard and provide it with an infrastructure of support.

This lecture picks out a few of these challenges, providing a perspective on how a new company sets out to innovate within the music industry.

no charge for the lecture, Tea and Coffee available.
more details

regards Peter B

Building and Room Acoustics / October AES meeting 2014 City University
« on: September 19, 2014, 08:22:57 PM »
just to let you know that the next AES meeting is being held at City University  on October the 14th.  6-30 pm
a description follows
This month’s lecture will showcase cutting edge research from City University’s Music Informatics Research group and King’s College London’s Centre for Telecommunications Research. The evening will include a drinks reception a selection of technology-based creative works from the Music Department at City.
anyone welcome !

there is also a Lecture in Birmingham, in November as well ( see above web site for details )

regardsPeter B

It even has the following stops.  Rossignol (bird chirp)  , Clochettes (20 little bells)  Accouplement G.O./Pos.  Tirasse G.O.
I would think you would have to sell more than two kidneys to buy it !
I guess when a pipe Organ is that large it reduces the amount of places that it could fit into.
regards Peter B

Organs wanted / Re: Pipe Organ for DT Project
« on: June 19, 2014, 01:19:37 PM »
I wonder if it would be possible to obtain a Harmonium / Reed Organ and then renovate this instrument. I would think that some of the techniques such as woodwork, felt, releathering would be in common with a Pipe Organ ?
there is also the tuning and regulation of the Reeds which might actually be more complex than Tuning a Pipe Organ.
the Logistics of moving a Harmonium / Reed Organ is probably easier than moving a Pipe Organ ?
But I stand to be corrected !

regards Peter B

I won't suggest using perspex ( acrylic ) or a simlar material as I think it is difficult to work with ?
Wood and Metal do seem to have advantages here and can at least be painted.
I have also heard ( I think ) of plastic pipes being used where there was the problem of the lead pipes being stolen.
regardsPeter B

Hi, on ebay a Thomas casson Organ
to someone who is a beginner with regard to Pipe Organs it looks nice.
eBay item number:

regards Peter B

for those who like to have more notice of meetings, the July talk in Hoburn London is on the 8th of July 2014.
WSP Holborn
70 Chancery Lane

Lecture by Trevor Cox, University of Salford.
Joint lecture between the AES and IOA.
6.00 pm IOA AGM (All Welcome) / 6.30 pm Evening Presentation

Sonic Wonderland is a popular science book about the most remarkable sounds in the world. In this talk, Trevor will look at some of the detailed acoustic science behind a few of the wonders, picking examples that required first hand research by himself. It will begin by solving the mystery of Echo Bridge, something that first appeared in the Journal of Acoustical Society of America in the 1940s. Trevor will present measurements that he made at the badly tuned musical road in California. To finish, he will look at the detailed acoustic properties of the world’s ‘longest echo’, and explain why the record isn’t for the longest reverberation time.

regards Peter B

just to let you know that there is an AES Meeting next Tuesday.
London: Tuesday 10th June
High Resolution: Capturing the Moment
Bob Stuart, Meridian Audio and Peter Craven, Algol Applications

We see increasing interest in High Resolution analogue and digital audio and in recordings employing higher sample rates or bit depths than CD. Yet this trend seems unstructured, and progress to be stalled in coding concepts established in the late 1990s.
In this lecture we hope to show how recent findings in neuroscience, perception and signal processing seem, at least to us, to point in a new direction — one which promises higher quality than ever — a different framework and direction for audio in the 21st century.
Bob and Peter have cooperated together on analogue and digital audio over four decades; their work together has including fundamental topics in dither, noise-shaping, coding, lossless compression, archive and playback. This lecture is a rare chance to glimpse them in action and to see some recent and provocative thinking.

This month's lecture is being held at De Vere Holborn Bars, 138-142 Holborn, London, EC1N 2NQ. 6:30pm for 7pm start. All welcome

regards Peter B

wonderful to be able to hear and see the instrument nicely recorded. I must listen some more.
thanks for letting us know.
 regards Peter B

well I think that several people did make enquiries if the " model " was included in the price.
the Harpsichord is probably unique and deserves a nice warm home.

regards Peter B

p.s. in the past when central heating wasn't common, how did Harpsichords not break strings and stay in tune ?

I thought it was excellent.  The 'sticky out bits' were very impressive.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if some potential purchasers ask whether the 'model' is included in the price.

I didn't know they made a model with drawbars and a string synthesiser!  You play the Cavendish nicely ...

regards Peter B

Organs on eBay or for urgent sale / Re: Compton Miniatura on ebay
« on: March 15, 2014, 07:09:53 PM »
well there is also a Compton Miniatura on ebay
eBay item number:

and a Bevington ? Pipe Organ

eBay item number:

regards Peter B

Hi, just seen an advert for a
Daniel of Clevedon Cinema Organ ( disassembled )
eBay item number:

just in case anyone has the time, skill  and the money !

regards Peter B

Hi, sorry for the short notice.
Just to let you know that there is a lecture entitled " Comparative results between loudspeaker measurements using a tetrahedral enclosure and other methods " by Geoff Hill
on Tuesday the 11th of March at Imperial College, Main meeting room ( room 130 ) Huxley building SW7 2RH.
6-30 pm start
Free entry.
more details at

regards Peter B

From our local DJ / Albert Hall Organ BBC Prom
« on: December 30, 2013, 12:00:37 PM »
just to let you know that I happend to catch a bit of the BBC organ prom that was on BBC radio 3 last night.
more details
it is probably available to listen for 7 days.
what I heard sounded impressive and it was nice to hear an interview with Richard Hills talking about registrations
regards Peter B

just to let you know that the December Audio engineering Society meeting is being held on the 10th of December 2013  at Imperial College.
a quick description
"In this lecture, Dr. Crum will play and explain a number of auditory illusions, exploring the sensory interactions between sound and sight, and how the phenomenon of neuroplasticity affects auditory perception."
entrance is free.
regards Peter B

in case anyone has a spare £ 2,000 or so you could buy a single Tannoy Canterbury Speaker Cabinet ( empty ) is available on ebay.
eBay item number:
I hope that prices like these might encourage furniture makers to diversify !
regards Peter B

Restoring pipe organs / Shulze organ Stops and jambs on ebay
« on: September 08, 2013, 08:37:19 PM »
 just saw that there are some organ stops and jambs from a Shulze organ on ebay.
item number
eBay item number:  290972439704

just thought these were an unusual item.

regards Peter B

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