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AES

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2018 AES Milan 2018

At the 144th Audio Engineering Conference held between 23rd-26th May 2018, Mariana and Gavin presented a tutorial titled From Seeing to Hearing - Sound Design and Spatialization for Visually Impaired Film Audiences. Find out more.


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Chrome

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Exciting Projects On Accessibility Part 2

We have encountered too many interesting projects to fit into our last blog post on exciting projects, so here is part two. Find out more.


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Exsight

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Exciting Projects On Accessibility Part 2

We have encountered too many interesting projects to fit into our last blog post on exciting projects, so here is part two. Find out more.


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Hololens

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Exciting Projects On Accessibility Part 2

We have encountered too many interesting projects to fit into our last blog post on exciting projects, so here is part two. Find out more.


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Marvel

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Daredevil

You may remember that back in August we conducted online/telephone surveys on current accessibility measures and hopes for the future of Audio Description. We received 127 responses which have been invaluable to our research – but what encouraged participants to respond? Find out more.


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Netflix

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Daredevil

You may remember that back in August we conducted online/telephone surveys on current accessibility measures and hopes for the future of Audio Description. We received 127 responses which have been invaluable to our research – but what encouraged participants to respond? Find out more.


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Shelf-Life

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Shelf Life

In this post, you can watch our short film Shelf Life and read about why we made it. Find out more.


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admin team

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Rebecca Shaw

Project Officer Find out more.


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advisory panel

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Nina Hartstone

Supervising Sound Editor Find out more.


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Warren Wilson

Community Connection Coordinator Find out more.


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Jerry Gilbert

Assistive Technology Specialist Find out more.


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Gary Westmoreland

Director of Production at ITV
Coming soon...


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Sonali Rai

Broadcast and Audio Description Manager Find out more.


Jason

Jason Power

Senior Director, Commercial Partnerships and Standards - Dolby Find out more.


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Dr Matthew Paradis

Senior Sound Engineer at BBC
Coming soon...


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Mandi Lynn

Photographer and Director Find out more.


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Lisa Holdsworth

Writer and Scriptwriter Find out more.


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Judi-Lee Headman

Freelance Production Sound Mixer
Coming soon...


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Matt Cleary

Director of Production Scripted UK, ITV Studios Find out more.


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Emma Butt

Freelance Sound Engineer Find out more.


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Anna Bertmark

Sound Designer and Sound Editor Find out more.


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Howard Bargroff

Freelance Sound Engineer Find out more.


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analysis

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Celebrating 1 year of EAD

We are celebrating 1 year of EAD! Find out more.


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Want your voice to be heard? Surveys and the end user.

You may remember that back in August we conducted online/telephone surveys on current accessibility measures and hopes for the future of Audio Description. We received 127 responses which have been invaluable to our research – but what encouraged participants to respond? Find out more.


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Celebrating 6 months of EAD

Since we launched our project in April 2016 we have had over 13,000 visits to this website from 31 countries, most from the UK and the US. 65% of our visitors found this website through referrals on social media, Twitter and Facebook, 23% by direct linking and 21% with organic searches for instance by using search engines like google.com with keywords ‘enhancing audio description’ or ‘audio description project’. We are thrilled that the interest in our project is growing and we hope to continue raising awareness on Audio Description and inclusivity in the coming months. Thanks!


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audio games

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More on Audio Games

Further to our previous blog post on Audio Games and Accessibility published last month, we have worked on preparing a video that describes in detail the different sound design methods used in the audio games Papa Sangre, The Nightjar and A Blind Legend. Find out more.


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On Audio Games and Accessibility

As part of our research on the use of sound design to make films and TV programmes inclusive, we have been looking into the field of Audio Games, that is, games in which audio is the main way of communication and entertainment and which can be played regardless of one’s sight condition. Find out more.


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binaural

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Stereo vs binaural

Would you like to hear the difference between an binaural and a regular stereo soundtrack? Listen to these two audio clips from Pearl’s opening sequence. Find out more.


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Binaural Listening Tests for Accessibility

Last month Lewis and Gavin tested binaural sound with 33 visually impaired participants. The two main objectives were to analyse participants’ difficulties in identifying the number of people in a scene and the perception of moving characters when listening over a pair of headphones and see whether alternative methods of audio mixing could reduce these difficulties. Find out more.


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binaural audio

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More on Audio Games

Further to our previous blog post on Audio Games and Accessibility published last month, we have worked on preparing a video that describes in detail the different sound design methods used in the audio games Papa Sangre, The Nightjar and A Blind Legend. Find out more.


A photo collage with Krisztian playing audio games.

On Audio Games and Accessibility

As part of our research on the use of sound design to make films and TV programmes inclusive, we have been looking into the field of Audio Games, that is, games in which audio is the main way of communication and entertainment and which can be played regardless of one’s sight condition. Find out more.


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Olivia Gerber-Morón and Agnieszka Szarkowska at our Conference

You can listen to the presentation Olivia and Agnieszka gave at our conference, in our 7th podcast, titled What Makes a Good Subtitle? - Understanding People’s Views on Subtitling Quality. Find out more.


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Maria Oshodi at our Conference

You can listen to the presentation Maria gave at our conference, in our 6th podcast, titled A Brief History of Integrating Description in Theatre by Visually Impaired Artists. Find out more.


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Kerr Castle at our Conference

You can listen to Kerr's presentation at our conference, in our 5th podcast, titled An Audio Art Form - Accessing the Visual of TV with Audio Description. We uploaded the pod under his previously published interview. Find out more.


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Lauren Ward at our Conference

You can listen to the presentation Lauren gave at our conference in our 4th podcast titled Television Dialogue; Balancing Audibility, Attention and Accessibility. Find out more.


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Review on Our Conference

We haven’t had a blog post for a while, but we are now back with some news, a new podcast and some reflections from Mariana! Find out more.


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Conference on Accessibility in Film, Television and Interactive Media

On the weekend of 14-15 October we held our our first conference at the University of York. The event sought to promote communication between researchers, stakeholders in the creative industries, accessibility services, and audiences. Find out more.


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Conference News

We are thrilled to announce that we have confirmed Maria Oshodi, Director of Extant as a keynote speaker at our Conference on Accessibility in Film, Television and Interactive Media. Maria’s keynote will be followed by a demo of Flatland. Find out more.


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data collection

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Survey and Focus Groups

As part of the first phase of Enhancing Audio Description we conducted an online/telephone survey as well as focus groups on current accessibility measures and the future of Audio Description. Find out more.


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dissemination

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Disseminating the Project

I haven’t written a diary entry for a while and that’s mostly because I’ve been busy disseminating the Enhancing Audio Description project through talks in a series of events. Find out more.


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electronic textiles

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How can we combine touch and sound...

– as well as visual qualities – in interaction? A guest post by Emilie Giles. Find out more.


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event

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York Festival of Ideas 2022

On 15 June 2022, between 6pm to 7pm, Mariana and Gavin will present our work at the York Festival of Ideas at the University of York. Find out more.


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Leeds School of Arts

On 27 April 2022, Mariana gave a talk titled Enhanced Audio Description - Sound, Design, Creativity and Integrated Access at the Leeds School of Arts, now archived on YouTube. Find out more.


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Edinburgh Napier University

Mariana gave a guest lecture for Edinburgh Napier University in March titled Enhanced Audio Description - Creative Accessibility through Sound Design.


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Accessibility Camp 2022

On 22 February 2022, Mariana gave a talk titled 'Accessibility through Sound Design; an introduction to Enhanced Audio Description' at the Perth Web Accessibility Camp 2022 event. Find out more.


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BBC Sounds Amazing

On 25 Oct 2020, Mariana gave a presentation at BBC Sounds Amazing - Celebrating Innovation in Audio. Find out more.


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DTG Summit

On 7 Oct 2020, Mariana was invited to give an online presentation on the project at the Digital Television Group (DTG) Summit, in the Next-Generation Audio and Accessibility session.


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Evolving Access Services

On 28 May 2020, Mariana gave a presentation titled EAD; Integrated Access, Sound Design and Binaural Audio at the Evolving Access Services - Content for All, Television for All online event organised by the DTG Accessibility Group. Find out more.


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Brunel University London

On 26 Feb 2020, Mariana gave a presentation titled EAD; Towards Accessible Creative Experiences in Film and Television at Brunel University, London.


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Eleanor Worthingon Prize

Back in May, I had the honour to be invited to give a short introductory speech as part of the Associazione Premio Eleanor Worthington International Exhibition on Art and Disability that took place at York St. John University in York (UK). Find out more.


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EAD in Milan and Hamburg!

We haven’t published a post since March so we thought it was time we updated you on what we’ve been up to. Find out more.


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Klingt Gut! Symposium on Sound

On 7 Jun 2018, Mariana presented Shelf Life - Incorporating Accessibility to Sound Design at at the Kling Gut symposium, Hamburg. In this presentation she talked about the development of the short film Shelf Life as well as premiered the film. Find out more.


For more information on Shelf Life please visit this page.

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Sky Tech Summit

On 11 Sep 2018, Mariana was invited to give a presentation at the ‘Listen Up! Developments in Next Generation Audio’ Sky Tech Summit in London.


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BBC Sounds Amazing

On 2 May 2018, Mariana and Gavin were invited to exhibit at the Sounds Amazing BBC Conference in London.


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Shelf Life

It’s been a while since we published a blog post, mostly because we’ve been busy giving talks, creating podcasts and writing up the results of the project. On top of that we also made a short film entitled ‘Shelf Life’! Find out more.


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144th AES Convention in Milan

On 24 May 2018, Mariana and Gavin presented the concepts, processes, and results linked to the project at the 144th AES Convention in Milan. The title of the presentation was From Seeing to Hearing - Sound Design and Spatialization for Visually Impaired Film Audiences. Find out more.


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Seeing Sound Symposium, Bath Spa University

On 23 Mar 2018, Mariana presented her paper Seeing With Our Ears - Designing Soundtracks For Visually Impaired Audiences at the Seeing Sound. Seeing Sound was an informal practice-led symposium, at University of Bath Spa, exploring multimedia work which foregrounds the relationship between sound and image. It explores areas such as visual music, abstract cinema, experimental animation, audiovisual performance and installation practice through paper sessions, screenings, performances and installations. Find out more.


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AES Annual Meeting and Lecture

On 7 Feb 2018, at King's College London, Mariana (then elected chair) gave a public lecture after the annual meeting. The meeting was followed by a social at the Shakespeare’s Head in Holbourn. Find out more.


A photo of Olivia and Agnieszka presenting at our conference.

Olivia Gerber-Morón and Agnieszka Szarkowska at our Conference

You can listen to the presentation Olivia and Agnieszka gave at our conference, in our 7th podcast, titled What Makes a Good Subtitle? - Understanding People’s Views on Subtitling Quality. Find out more.


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Maria Oshodi at our Conference

You can listen to the presentation Maria gave at our conference, in our 6th podcast, titled A Brief History of Integrating Description in Theatre by Visually Impaired Artists. Find out more.


A photo of Kerr presenting at our conference.

Kerr Castle at our Conference

You can listen to Kerr's presentation at our conference, in our 5th podcast, titled An Audio Art Form - Accessing the Visual of TV with Audio Description. We uploaded the pod under his previously published interview. Find out more.


A photo of Lauren presenting at our conference.

Lauren Ward at our Conference

You can listen to the presentation Lauren gave at our conference in our 4th podcast titled Television Dialogue; Balancing Audibility, Attention and Accessibility. Find out more.


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Sound Talking at Science Museum

On 3 Nov 2017, at the Sound Talking event held in the London Science Museum, Mariana gave a talk titled The language of Sound - Creating Accessible Film Experiences For Visually Impaired Audiences. Find out more.


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Review on Our Conference

We haven’t had a blog post for a while, but we are now back with some news, a new podcast and some reflections from Mariana! Find out more.


A photo of Mariana opening our conference.

Conference on Accessibility in Film, Television and Interactive Media

On the weekend of 14-15 October we held our our first conference at the University of York. The event sought to promote communication between researchers, stakeholders in the creative industries, accessibility services, and audiences. Find out more.


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The Screening at TATE Britain

On 23 Sep 2017 we hosted a digital exhibition in the TATE Britain, London to showcase the research of the project into how sound design techniques can be used to rethink accessibility to film and television for visually impaired audiences. Find out more.


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142nd International Audio Engineering Society Convention

On 20 May 2017 Mariana and Gavin gave a tutorial titled Using Binaural Audio to increase accessibility to Film and Television How Digital at the 142nd International AES Convention held in Berlin. Find out more.


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University of Westminster

On 21 March 2017 Mariana gave a talk at University of Westminster titled EAD - Digital Audio and Accessibility to Film and Television in which she discussed the concepts behind the project as well as initial findings.


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The Space & BBC Academy Accessibility Workshop

On 20 April 2017 Mariana run a workshop titled How Digital Tools Can Help Make Arts More Accessible in Nottingham and participated in a discussions on Digital Tools which focuses on how digital innovations are helping make the arts more accessible. Find out more.


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Queen’s University Belfast

On 13 March 2017 Mariana gave a seminar at Queen’s University Belfast titled EAD - Digital Audio and Accessibility to Film and Television, in which she discussed the concepts behind the project as well as initial findings. Find out more.


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Conference News

We are thrilled to announce that we have confirmed Maria Oshodi, Director of Extant as a keynote speaker at our Conference on Accessibility in Film, Television and Interactive Media. Maria’s keynote will be followed by a demo of Flatland. Find out more.


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York Talks - Seeing With Our Ears

On 11 January 2017, at the York Talks – Research in the Spotlight event organised by the University of York, Mariana gave a presentation outlining our research progress. Find out more.


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Disseminating the Project

I haven’t written a diary entry for a while and that’s mostly because I’ve been busy disseminating the Enhancing Audio Description project through talks in a series of events. Find out more.


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Reproduced Sound 2016

On 15 November 2016, Mariana gave a presentation title Sound Design, Spatialisation and Accessibility in Film and Television at the Reproduced Sound 2016 – Sound with Pictures - Time is of Essence Conference. The event was held in Holiday Inn, Southampton. Find out more.


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Language Transfer in Audiovisual Media Conference, Berlin

On 3 November 2016, Mariana gave a presentation at the 11th International Conference on Language Transfer in Audiovisual Media, Berlin. The title of the presentation was Towards a Framework for Enhanced Audio Description Find out more.


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Cambridge Festival of Ideas

On 29 October 2016, at the Anglia Ruskin University, Mariana presented the project at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. The presentation was titled Using Sound Design to Foster Inclusivity. Find out more.


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AD, the Art of Access, London

On 21 October, the Marian gave a presentation at the Audio Description - the Art of Access Conference, in the Young Vic Theatre, London in Panel 2, The Aesthetics of Access. The presentation's title was Integrating Sound Design to Audio Description. Find out more.


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York Festival of Ideas

We have uploaded our first podcast which contains audio extracts from Mariana’s talk at York Festival of Ideas on June 13 2016. Find out more.


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Survey and Focus Groups

As part of the first phase of Enhancing Audio Description we conducted an online/telephone survey as well as focus groups on current accessibility measures and the future of Audio Description. Find out more.


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University of York's TFTV

On June 13 2016, Mariana and Gavin presented the project at the University of York's Department of Theatre, Film and Television. The presentation was titled Seeing with your Ears - Film and Television for Visually Impaired Audiences. Find out more.


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Dialogue Beyond Sight Exhibition

On the 13 July we traveled to London’s OXO Gallery to attend the first day of the Dialogue Beyond Sight (DBS) event. DBS is a multi-sensory exhibition featuring works by visually impaired artists and performers. Find out more.


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2018 AES Milan 2018

At the 144th Audio Engineering Conference held between 23rd-26th May 2018, Mariana and Gavin presented a tutorial titled From Seeing to Hearing - Sound Design and Spatialization for Visually Impaired Film Audiences. Find out more.


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exhibition

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Dialogue Beyond Sight Exhibition

On the 13 July we traveled to London’s OXO Gallery to attend the first day of the Dialogue Beyond Sight (DBS) event. DBS is a multi-sensory exhibition featuring works by visually impaired artists and performers. Find out more.


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film

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Notes on Blindness

Back in June I had the pleasure of being invited to the screening of Notes on Blindness at Sheffield Doc Fest. I had watched the short documentary online a while back and was fascinated by the audio-visual aesthetics and the intriguing accounts in John Hull’s diaries, so…I didn’t hesitate to accept the invitation. Find out more.


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games

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‘Perception’ Game in the Pipeline

Game developer, Deep-End Games is funding their new horror video game, Perception, through Kickstarter. How is this game related to our Audio Description research? Find out more.


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hiring

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Internships

We are delighted to announce that our project will be supporting a number of internships throughout the course of the 4 year project. The initial two internships are now being advertised to students across the University of York and are currently open for applications! Find out more.


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history of AD

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The Start of the AD movement in Scotland

An interview with Susan Gibson, an early supporter of live AD in Scotland. Find out more.


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internship

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Internships

We are delighted to announce that our project will be supporting a number of internships throughout the course of the 4 year project. The initial two internships are now being advertised to students across the University of York and are currently open for applications! Find out more.


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interview

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Interview with Andrew Lambourne


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Interview with Kate Dangerfield


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Interview with Anne Hornsby


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Interview with Emily Giles


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Interview with Josh Branson


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Interview with Olga Davis


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Interview with Alex Drioli


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Interview with Zoe Moores


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Interview with Mike Armstrong


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Interview with Sarah McDonagh


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Interview with María Olalla Luque and Silvia Soler


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Interview with Kira Foglesong


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Interview with Nat Barrett


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Interview with Kerr Castle


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Interview with Harel Chait


A photo of the Citizens Theatre building.

The Start of the AD movement in Scotland

An interview with Susan Gibson, an early supporter of live AD in Scotland. Find out more.


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listening test

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Stereo vs binaural

Would you like to hear the difference between an binaural and a regular stereo soundtrack? Listen to these two audio clips from Pearl’s opening sequence. Find out more.


A photo of surround loudspeaker array.

Binaural Listening Tests for Accessibility

Last month Lewis and Gavin tested binaural sound with 33 visually impaired participants. The two main objectives were to analyse participants’ difficulties in identifying the number of people in a scene and the perception of moving characters when listening over a pair of headphones and see whether alternative methods of audio mixing could reduce these difficulties. Find out more.


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media

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Shelf Life

In this post, you can watch our short film Shelf Life and read about why we made it. Find out more.


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Pearl

Pearl is a short film (Palumbo, 2014) whose soundtrack was redesigned as part of our project in 2016. The soundtrack uses the EAD principles to provide an accessible experience for visually impaired audiences, that is based on creative sound design practices, including binaural audio and first person narration. Find out more.


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EAD Video Trailer

In this post you can see and hear our first video trailer for the project featuring Mariana, Gavin, Warren and Maxine. Find out more.


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other projects

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Exciting Projects on Accessibility

Whilst working on the EAD project we’ve been impressed by lots of exciting research studies, which share our aim of promoting accessibility and social inclusion. Here are just a few of them. Find out more.


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pearl

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Pearl

Pearl is a short film (Palumbo, 2014) whose soundtrack was redesigned as part of our project in 2016. The soundtrack uses the EAD principles to provide an accessible experience for visually impaired audiences, that is based on creative sound design practices, including binaural audio and first person narration. Find out more.


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people

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Meet musician and sound designer Andre Louis

Andre Louis is a musician, lover of all-things technology, self-proclaimed geek and loves trying out new gear whenever he can get a hold of it. Find out more.


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Interview with Andrew Lambourne


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Interview with Kate Dangerfield


A photo of Anne.

Interview with Anne Hornsby


A photo of Emily.

Interview with Emily Giles


A photo of Emily.

Interview with Josh Branson


A photo of Josh.

Interview with Olga Davis


A photo of Olga.

Interview with Alex Drioli


A photo of Zoe.

Interview with Zoe Moores


A photo of Mike.

Interview with Mike Armstrong


A photo of Sarah.

Interview with Sarah McDonagh


A photo of Maria and Silvia.

Interview with María Olalla Luque and Silvia Soler


A photo of Kira and her colleagues.

Interview with Kira Foglesong


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Interview with Nat Barrett


A photo of Kerr.

Interview with Kerr Castle


A photo of Harel.

Interview with Harel Chait


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photography

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A young girl handing out flyers for the exhibition.

Dialogue Beyond Sight Exhibition

On the 13 July we traveled to London’s OXO Gallery to attend the first day of the Dialogue Beyond Sight (DBS) event. DBS is a multi-sensory exhibition featuring works by visually impaired artists and performers. Find out more.


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podcast

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Olivia Gerber-Morón and Agnieszka Szarkowska at our Conference

You can listen to the presentation Olivia and Agnieszka gave at our conference, in our 7th podcast, titled What Makes a Good Subtitle? - Understanding People’s Views on Subtitling Quality. Find out more.


A photo of Maria presenting at our conference.

Maria Oshodi at our Conference

You can listen to the presentation Maria gave at our conference, in our 6th podcast, titled A Brief History of Integrating Description in Theatre by Visually Impaired Artists. Find out more.


A photo of Kerr presenting at our conference.

Kerr Castle at our Conference

You can listen to Kerr's presentation at our conference, in our 5th podcast, titled An Audio Art Form - Accessing the Visual of TV with Audio Description. We uploaded the pod under his previously published interview. Find out more.


A photo of Lauren presenting at our conference.

Lauren Ward at our Conference

You can listen to the presentation Lauren gave at our conference in our 4th podcast titled Television Dialogue; Balancing Audibility, Attention and Accessibility. Find out more.


A photo of Mariana addressing an audience with a microphone.

Review on Our Conference

We haven’t had a blog post for a while, but we are now back with some news, a new podcast and some reflections from Mariana! Find out more.


The poster of our TATE event.

The Screening at TATE Britain

On 23 Sep 2017 we hosted a digital exhibition in the TATE Britain, London to showcase the research of the project into how sound design techniques can be used to rethink accessibility to film and television for visually impaired audiences. Find out more.


A photo of Mariana standing.

AD, the Art of Access, London

On 21 October, the Marian gave a presentation at the Audio Description - the Art of Access Conference, in the Young Vic Theatre, London in Panel 2, The Aesthetics of Access. The presentation's title was Integrating Sound Design to Audio Description. Find out more.


A photo of Mariana presenting.

York Festival of Ideas

We have uploaded our first podcast which contains audio extracts from Mariana’s talk at York Festival of Ideas on June 13 2016. Find out more.


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presentation

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Klingt Gut! Symposium on Sound

On 7 Jun 2018, Mariana presented Shelf Life - Incorporating Accessibility to Sound Design at at the Kling Gut symposium, Hamburg. In this presentation she talked about the development of the short film Shelf Life as well as premiered the film. Find out more.


For more information on Shelf Life please visit this page.

The logo of AES.

144th AES Convention in Milan

On 24 May 2018, Mariana and Gavin presented the concepts, processes, and results linked to the project at the 144th AES Convention in Milan. The title of the presentation was From Seeing to Hearing - Sound Design and Spatialization for Visually Impaired Film Audiences. Find out more.


A photo of Bath Spa University from a birds eye view.

Seeing Sound Symposium, Bath Spa University

On 23 Mar 2018, Mariana presented her paper Seeing With Our Ears - Designing Soundtracks For Visually Impaired Audiences at the Seeing Sound. Seeing Sound was an informal practice-led symposium, at University of Bath Spa, exploring multimedia work which foregrounds the relationship between sound and image. It explores areas such as visual music, abstract cinema, experimental animation, audiovisual performance and installation practice through paper sessions, screenings, performances and installations. Find out more.


Photo of Mariana addressing an audience.

AES Annual Meeting and Lecture

On 7 Feb 2018, at King's College London, Mariana (then elected chair) gave a public lecture after the annual meeting. The meeting was followed by a social at the Shakespeare’s Head in Holbourn. Find out more.


Logo of Semantic Audio with a buffalo on the left.

Sound Talking at Science Museum

On 3 Nov 2017, at the Sound Talking event held in the London Science Museum, Mariana gave a talk titled The language of Sound - Creating Accessible Film Experiences For Visually Impaired Audiences. Find out more.


The poster of our TATE event.

The Screening at TATE Britain

On 23 Sep 2017 we hosted a digital exhibition in the TATE Britain, London to showcase the research of the project into how sound design techniques can be used to rethink accessibility to film and television for visually impaired audiences. Find out more.


A frame from the movie Pearl.

142nd International Audio Engineering Society Convention

On 20 May 2017 Mariana and Gavin gave a tutorial titled Using Binaural Audio to increase accessibility to Film and Television How Digital at the 142nd International AES Convention held in Berlin. Find out more.


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University of Westminster

On 21 March 2017 Mariana gave a talk at University of Westminster titled EAD - Digital Audio and Accessibility to Film and Television in which she discussed the concepts behind the project as well as initial findings.


The logo of The Space & BBC Academy.

The Space & BBC Academy Accessibility Workshop

On 20 April 2017 Mariana run a workshop titled How Digital Tools Can Help Make Arts More Accessible in Nottingham and participated in a discussions on Digital Tools which focuses on how digital innovations are helping make the arts more accessible. Find out more.


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Queen’s University Belfast

On 13 March 2017 Mariana gave a seminar at Queen’s University Belfast titled EAD - Digital Audio and Accessibility to Film and Television, in which she discussed the concepts behind the project as well as initial findings. Find out more.


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York Talks - Seeing With Our Ears

On 11 January 2017, at the York Talks – Research in the Spotlight event organised by the University of York, Mariana gave a presentation outlining our research progress. Find out more.


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Reproduced Sound 2016

On 15 November 2016, Mariana gave a presentation title Sound Design, Spatialisation and Accessibility in Film and Television at the Reproduced Sound 2016 – Sound with Pictures - Time is of Essence Conference. The event was held in Holiday Inn, Southampton. Find out more.


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Language Transfer in Audiovisual Media Conference, Berlin

On 3 November 2016, Mariana gave a presentation at the 11th International Conference on Language Transfer in Audiovisual Media, Berlin. The title of the presentation was Towards a Framework for Enhanced Audio Description Find out more.


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Cambridge Festival of Ideas

On 29 October 2016, at the Anglia Ruskin University, Mariana presented the project at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. The presentation was titled Using Sound Design to Foster Inclusivity. Find out more.


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AD, the Art of Access, London

On 21 October, the Marian gave a presentation at the Audio Description - the Art of Access Conference, in the Young Vic Theatre, London in Panel 2, The Aesthetics of Access. The presentation's title was Integrating Sound Design to Audio Description. Find out more.


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York Festival of Ideas

We have uploaded our first podcast which contains audio extracts from Mariana’s talk at York Festival of Ideas on June 13 2016. Find out more.


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University of York's TFTV

On June 13 2016, Mariana and Gavin presented the project at the University of York's Department of Theatre, Film and Television. The presentation was titled Seeing with your Ears - Film and Television for Visually Impaired Audiences. Find out more.


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2018 AES Milan 2018

At the 144th Audio Engineering Conference held between 23rd-26th May 2018, Mariana and Gavin presented a tutorial titled From Seeing to Hearing - Sound Design and Spatialization for Visually Impaired Film Audiences. Find out more.


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BBC World Service's Digital Planet Radio

We are delighted to tell you about a recent opportunity where Mariana and our project were featured in a series of accessibility segments on BBC World Service's Digital Planet, a weekly tech radio show. Find out more.


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Press Publication

On 29 March 2022, Fern Lulham discussed our project on BBC Radio 4 on the In Touch programme. The programme also inserted sections of the interview she did with Mariana for Digital Planet last November and an extract from Pearl. Find out more.


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Press Publication

On 08 February 2022, the interview Mariana recently did for BBC World Service's Digital Planet radio show was broadcast. The interview starts 21 minutes in. Find out more.


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Press Publication

On 20 December 2021, the new blog titled AUDIO DESCRIPTION, Research and Practice by Michael Achtman launched with an article featuring our project. Find out more.


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Press Publication

On 18 November 2021, RNIB Connect Radio interviewed Mariana in their 1023th episode titled The Future of Audio Description? Find out more.


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Press Publication

On 1 November 2021, Tech Explore published an article featuring our project titled Researchers Develop New Methods to Enhance Film Experience for Visually Impaired. audiences. Find out more.


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Press Publication

On 1 November 2021, Tech Explore published an article featuring our project titled Researchers Develop New Methods to Enhance Film Experience for Visually Impaired. audiences. Find out more.


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Press Publication

On 1 November 2021, News Update published an article featuring our project titled Researchers Develop New Methods to Enhance Film Experience for Visually Impaired. audiences. Find out more.


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Press Publication

On 29 November 2017, the Independent published Mariana's article titled How a New Technology Will Help Blind People 'See' at the Cinema. Find out more.


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Press Publication

On 22 November 2017, The Conversation published Mariana's article titled How Our New Technology Will Help Blind People ‘See’ at the Cinema. Find out more.


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Press Publication

On 11 November 2017, Disability Arts Online published Mariana's article titled Audio Description - An Art Form In Its Own Right. Find out more.


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Press Publication

On 23 February 2017, Disability Sports Network interviewed Mariana in their Speed of Sound programme.


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Press Publication

On 24 February 2015, BBC Radio 4 interviewed Mariana in their programme titled Audio in Films; ‘Visual Tinnitus’ online. Find out more.


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Press Publication

On 04 February 2015, Insight Radio, the radio station of RNIB, in its Afternoon Edition introduced our project to their audience.


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Press Publication

On 01 January 2015, BBC News Technology published an article featuring our project. Find out more.


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Press Publication

On 28 January 2015, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, in the The Dotty McLeod Breakfast Show introduced our project to their audience.


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Press Publication

In January 2015, Developments in Cinema Technology for Visually Impaired Audiences (DOCET) in their Optometric Quarterly published a podcast featuring Mariana and Dr Susan Blakeney. Find out more.


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Review on Our Conference

We haven’t had a blog post for a while, but we are now back with some news, a new podcast and some reflections from Mariana! Find out more.


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142nd International Audio Engineering Society Convention

On 20 May 2017 Mariana and Gavin gave a tutorial titled Using Binaural Audio to increase accessibility to Film and Television How Digital at the 142nd International AES Convention held in Berlin. Find out more.


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Jerry and Warren from CamSight

Some thoughts on our project from our advisory panel members, Jerry and Warren from Cam Sight, Cambridge. Find out more.


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Dr Mariana López

Principal Investigator Find out more.


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Dr Gavin Kearney

Co-Investigator Find out more.


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Dr Michael McLoughlin

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant Find out more.


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Krisztián Hofstädter

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant Find out more.


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shelf-life

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Shelf Life

It’s been a while since we published a blog post, mostly because we’ve been busy giving talks, creating podcasts and writing up the results of the project. On top of that we also made a short film entitled ‘Shelf Life’! Find out more.


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Nina Hartstone

Supervising Sound Editor Find out more.


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Warren Wilson

Community Connection Coordinator Find out more.


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Jerry Gilbert

Assistive Technology Specialist Find out more.


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Gary Westmoreland

Director of Production at ITV
Coming soon...


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Sonali Rai

Broadcast and Audio Description Manager Find out more.


Jason

Jason Power

Senior Director, Commercial Partnerships and Standards - Dolby Find out more.


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Dr Matthew Paradis

Senior Sound Engineer at BBC
Coming soon...


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Mandi Lynn

Photographer and Director Find out more.


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Lisa Holdsworth

Writer and Scriptwriter Find out more.


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Judi-Lee Headman

Freelance Production Sound Mixer
Coming soon...


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Matt Cleary

Director of Production Scripted UK, ITV Studios Find out more.


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Emma Butt

Freelance Sound Engineer Find out more.


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Anna Bertmark

Sound Designer and Sound Editor Find out more.


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Howard Bargroff

Freelance Sound Engineer Find out more.


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Rebecca Shaw

Project Officer Find out more.


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Dr Mariana López

Principal Investigator Find out more.


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Dr Gavin Kearney

Co-Investigator Find out more.


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Dr Michael McLoughlin

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant Find out more.


Krisztian drumming.

Krisztián Hofstädter

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant Find out more.


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The Start of the AD movement in Scotland

An interview with Susan Gibson, an early supporter of live AD in Scotland. Find out more.


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Staging Accessibility at the Theatre

Accessibility should take centre stage as a creative consideration at the theatre. Find out more.


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Leeds School of Arts

On 27 April 2022, Mariana gave a talk titled Enhanced Audio Description - Sound, Design, Creativity and Integrated Access at the Leeds School of Arts, now archived on YouTube. Find out more.


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Shelf Life

In this post, you can watch our short film Shelf Life and read about why we made it. Find out more.


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Pearl

Pearl is a short film (Palumbo, 2014) whose soundtrack was redesigned as part of our project in 2016. The soundtrack uses the EAD principles to provide an accessible experience for visually impaired audiences, that is based on creative sound design practices, including binaural audio and first person narration. Find out more.


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BBC Sounds Amazing

On 25 Oct 2020, Mariana gave a presentation at BBC Sounds Amazing - Celebrating Innovation in Audio. Find out more.


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AES Annual Meeting and Lecture

On 7 Feb 2018, at King's College London, Mariana (then elected chair) gave a public lecture after the annual meeting. The meeting was followed by a social at the Shakespeare’s Head in Holbourn. Find out more.


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EAD Video Trailer

In this post you can see and hear our first video trailer for the project featuring Mariana, Gavin, Warren and Maxine. Find out more.


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On Audio Games and Accessibility

As part of our research on the use of sound design to make films and TV programmes inclusive, we have been looking into the field of Audio Games, that is, games in which audio is the main way of communication and entertainment and which can be played regardless of one’s sight condition. Find out more.