We are preparing for a fun event we’re organising as part of the Museum of Science and Industry’s Meet the Scientist series. At this event, you can explore the science of sound! Join Acoustics researchers from Salford University as we experiment with harps that sing in the wind, beautiful patterns created by the sound of your own voice and current developments in state-of-the-art surround sound systems! The event is from 10:30am – 3:30pm on the 16th of April. Check out the http://www.mosi.org.uk for details on how to get there!
In this podcast, Professor Sharon Ruston speaks with us about the influence of the Aeolian harp on Romantic poets and their work.
Sharon Ruston Biography: Sharon Ruston joined the University of Salford as Chair of Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture in January 2009. She is authorof Shelley and Vitality (2005), Romanticism: An Introduction (2007), editor of Essays and Studies: Literature and Science (2008), and co-editor of Teaching Romanticism (2010). She has published a number of articles and essays on the interrelationships between Romantic-period literature, science and medicine. You can find out more about here work here: http://www.espach.salford.ac.uk/page/sharon_ruston
John Rooney is a lecturer at the University of Salford, lecturing to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the school of Art and Design. Before this he ran a graphic design consultancy in Manchester with clients from across the national and international creative arts sector including several major commissions from Tate Gallery Liverpool. He is currently undertaking a PhD, the content of the project will posit a question of how to visualise the creative gesture of a place. In 2010 John set up a new national typographic research initiative in conjunction with Birmingham City University, and is also coordinating the Salford University presentation of a forthcoming typographic exhibition to be presented early 2012 in Media City.
In this podcast, John describes his latest project, in which he collaborates with Acoustics researchers on exploring the typography and the creative gesture through sound. Please see John’s website for more on his work http://www.johnrooney.co.uk
Charlie Mydlarz, a research technician and PhD student at Salford University’s Acoustics Research Centre discusses the Sound Around You project in which people around the world use mobile phones to contribute their thoughts on the sonic environment. For more details about the project, please visit www.soundaroundyou.com
The Singing Ringing Tree produces sounds when the wind blows over thin slots cut in the pipes. As the air moves across the slots, changes in pressure excite the pipe’s air columns into motion. Once the air begins to vibrate at a speed that matches the natural frequency of the pipe, you will begin to hear mysterious sounds.