Vice Chancellor’s Research Culture prize 2018

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Modern Languages win the Vice Chancellor’s Research Culture prize 2018

13/12/2018 - The School is delighted to announce that the Modern Languages Core Disciplinary Research Group has won the Research Culture category in the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Prizes 2018.

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Our students learn the secrets of speech from QUB alumnus

You might not recognise his face, but Peter Dickson has one of the most recognisable voices in TV and radio.  Affectionately known as ‘Voiceover Man’, Peter is the most prolific voiceover artist in the UK.  Having been the voice of X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, he now shares his expertise with aspiring broadcasters through his voice-over training website Gravy for the Brain

We’re please to announce that our students learning about radio programming on the BA Broadcast Production degree will receive free access to the full range of courses on Gravy for the Brain.  Here they will learn the secrets of speech and vocal studies from the website's learning materials that feature Peter and a host of other professional broadcasters.

Peter got his first taste of broadcasting whilst he was studying Psychology at Queen's.   In February this year he returned to campus once again to visit the Sonic Arts Research Centre.  He joined Dr John D’Arcy for a Q&A about about his life, work, and that all-important voice.  After captivating the lunchtime audience with anecdotes of his time working with the BBC, ITV, E4 and other broadcasters, Peter took time to meet our Broadcast Production students and hear more about their studies.

We hope to see Peter at SARC again soon, but in the meantime we’ll be hearing echoes of his booming voice as our students start practicing with Gravy for the Brain.

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Dr Kurt Werner, SARC, and Ólafur Bogason, Genki Instruments, win Best Paper Award for their research at the DAFx 2018 Conference

At the 21st edition of the International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx) which took place at the Universidade de Aveiro (Aveiro, Portugal), 4–8 September 2018, the Best Paper Award was given to a team of two authors Ólafur Bogason and Dr Kurt James Werner for their paper entitled ‘Modeling time-varying reactances using wave digital filters’. This award was presented to Mr Bogason and Dr Werner by distinguished Portuguese producer and recording engineer José Fortes.

The award-winning paper improves the modeling of time-varying electronic components in audio circuits (such as wah-wah pedals), allowing the design of more accurate and flexible virtual analog models. The paper also contributes new theoretical insight on the choice of wave variable types in Wave Digital Filter formalism.

The conference was hosted by Profs Guilherme Campos and Nuno Fonseca through the University of Aveiro Institute of Electronics and Informatics Engineering and in collaboration with the Portuguese Audio Engineering Association (APEA). At DAFx, academic and industry presenters from around the world gave papers, posters, tutorials and keynote talks on a range of subjects related to audio signal processing, including virtual analog modeling, music information retrieval, machine learning and audio effect design.

Upcoming Related Events

If you are interested in the work being done by Dr Werner and Mr Bogason, you can hear public lectures on their recent work on wearable audio electronics and the history of drum machine circuitry at two upcoming SARC/Music Seminars at Queen's University Belfast.

Both seminars are free and open to the public:

  • Dr Kurt James Werner: ‘ “Nothing Sounds Quite Like an 808”: Pop Music’s Most Celebrated Kick Drum Circuit and its Ancestors’. 1:00–2:00pm on 7 November 2018 at SARC’s Sonic Lab (4 Cloreen Park, Belfast BT9 5HN)
  • Ólafur Bogason: ‘Title TBA’. 1.00-2.00pm on 6 February 2019 at SARC’s Sonic Lab (4 Cloreen Park, Belfast BT9 5HN)

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SARC Researchers awarded first prize for research excellence by Society for Artistic Research

3/05/2018 - Congratulations to Dr Matilde Meireles and Dr Diogo Alvim for being awarded first prize for research excellence by the Society for Artistic Research

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QUB win a number of prizes at the Northern Ireland Student Television Awards 2018

The Royal Television Society Northern Ireland (RTS NI) Student Television Awards Winners were announced on Tuesday 20 March in Belfast at an awards ceremony hosted by TV presenter Judith Hill, with the Joe McKinney memorial keynote speech delivered by Emma-Rosa Dias, MD of Afro-Mic Productions.

The winners from Queen’s included: 

In Drama, sponsored by Westway Films the honours went to Queens University Film Studies & Production students for Beast by Alex Harper; Ryan Early, Holly Croman, Sean Dorris and Skaiste Gotseldaite. Highly commended also went to Queen’s students for Red Brick City by Mark McNally, James McBrien, Ryan Campbell, Darragh McCaughey and Ryan Humphreys.

The Factual award, sponsored by Crawford McCann went to Nomad by Queen’s University Film Studies & Production students Zoe Tweedy and Joshua McGonigle, who also picked up the new Craft award recognising particular skill in camera work for their production, sponsored by UTV.

Kieran Doherty, Chair of RTS NI who studied at the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education said: “As an educational charity these awards help the RTS to raise awareness of the amazing home grown talent emerging from our third level colleges. This year’s entries all displayed very high standards of creativity, innovation and technical capability and I know the judges had a difficult task selecting our winners, I trust these awards will assist all the students in their future careers.

“The third level colleges continue to play an increasing important role in preparing future generations for a career in the creativity industries, keeping up with the ever changing technology and the RTS looks forward to continuing our relationship to showcase their achievements.”

Supported by the Department for Communities as part of Creativity Month, the RTS NI Student Television Awards recognise the importance of education within the growing creative industry sector in Northern Ireland. The winners of these Awards go forward to the national RTS Student Media Awards which will be held in London later this year.

The winning films are products from the Advanced Film Practice modules at level three, convened and taught by Dr Declan Keeney and Richard O’Sullivan, from the School of Arts, English and Languages.

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