The latest news and discoveries from the science of sound will be featured at the 162nd meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) held October 31 November 4, 2011, at the Town and Country Hotel in San Diego, Calif. Experts in acoustics will present research spanning a diverse array of disciplines, including medicine, music, speech communication, noise, and marine ecology.
Journalists are invited to attend the meeting free of charge. Registration information is at the end of this release. Lay-language versions of more than 50 presentations will be available at the ASA's Worldwide Press Room (www.acoustics.org) approximately one week before the meeting.
Webcast: News Briefing Meeting Highlights: Journalists working remotely are invited to participate in a webcast on Monday, October 31, at 11 a.m. EDT (8 a.m. PDT). Scientists will present brief summaries of their research and answer questions. An agenda and list of presenters will be released shortly. Reporters on site are invited to participate in person. Register for the webcast here: http://www.aipwebcasting.com.
The following summaries highlight a few of the meeting's many noteworthy talks.
Highlights: Monday, October 31
Acoustical archeology reveals sounds of Renaissance Venice: The Renaissance period of Venice, Italy, is famed for its vast architectural and musical masterpieces. It was during this time that music became more complex and choirs were separated to produce the first "stereo" effect in Western history. To better understand both the music and the role of architecture in the acoustics of this period, a research team used a combination of historical evidence and scientific modeling to listen to music as it would have sounded in the churches of Venice 400 years ago. The research was conducted by Braxton Boren, a Ph.D. student in music technology at New Yo
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