Thursday, October 27 2016 at 7:30PM

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Winchester Discovery Centre
Jewry Street
SO23 8SB

Barnaby Thwaites & Marcel van Limbeek

What's the talk about?

 Why do we hear what we hear? The ear-brain system is remarkable for its complexity, sensitivity and computing power, allowing us to hear a vast range of complex sounds, much of which we take for granted, particularly in the musical sphere. Hearing has a huge dynamic range and astounding ability to analyse source, character and rhythm of music . So when the 18th century violinist Tartini played two notes on his violin and heard three, what’s going on? And when a kick drum can’t be heard in the presence of a bass guitar, what can we do about it, and why?  We present some of the mechanisms involved in deciphering music, liberally illustrating in a dynamic audio-visual manner. 

Barnaby Thwaites is a retired cardiologist with a wide musical background starting in childhood with 5 years at Winchester Cathedral. He sings and plays bass in rock/metal bands and has a major interest in audio engineering and psychoacoustics, recording/mixing bands and singer-songwriters in his own professional studio.


Marcel van Limbeek has been working as a freelance live and studio engineer for over 30 years. He specializes in high quality audio for music productions. Since 1994 he has been working for American artist Tori Amos. In 2007 Marcel started teaching students in the art and science of sound engineering.