The MLab is thrilled to welcome sound studies scholar, Fiona Keenan (Dept. of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York), to UVic. Fiona will be conducting a research placement with the Lab during the month of March. Here’s her bio:

I received an MSc in Sound Design (Distinction) from the University of Edinburgh in 2013, and started my PhD research at the University of York in October 2014. My research is funded by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH).

My main research focus is Sonic Interaction Design (Franinović and Serafin, 2013), and how to better link human action and sound together in digital interfaces and systems. I am examining late nineteenth and early twentieth century theatre sound effects to try to uncover what their designers knew about action and sound, and how we can use this knowledge for the design of new sonic interactions and digital sounding objects. This is an interdisciplinary piece of work, incorporating historical research, performance interface design, perceptual audio evaluation and practical/creative work to remake historical sound effects and prototype new digital sounding objects. I also have a research blog.

My creative work is mostly in sound design and music, focusing on systems for live performance. These include hand built audio electronics, mechanical sound producers, augmented instruments, sound props and software.

We’re looking forward to working with you, Fiona!


Post by Jentery Sayers, attached to the Makerspace project, with the news tag. Image for this post care of Fiona Keenan.

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