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15th International Conference
DAFx 2012 Local Organizing Committee would like to welcome you to the
15th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects, hosted here in
DAFx12 has been organised by the AudioLab in the Department of Electronics, in collaboration with the Department of Theatre Film and Television, who will be hosting the event in their state-of-the-art facilities on the University of York’s new campus.
DAFx12 has three full days (Tuesday-Thursday) of oral and poster presentations, preceded by three tutorial sessions (Monday afternoon), and followed by two further tutorial sessions (Friday morning). A total of 64 papers have been selected, 37 as oral presentations and 27 as poster presentations. There are 12 oral sessions dedicated to many of the traditional DAFx subject areas - spectral processing/analysis; physical modelling; virtual analogue; time/pitch scaling; auralisation; spatial processing; sound synthesis; computational auditory scene analysis; feature extraction/source separation. Newer subject areas are also represented: non-negative matrix factorisation; the use of touchscreen/mobile devices. We continue to follow the tradition of recent DAFx conferences by concluding each oral session with short poster presentations.
Each conference day starts with an invited keynote speaker. Opening the conference will be composer Trevor Wishart whose talk – “The Music of Speech” - will also set the scene for the evening presentation of his latest work “Encounters in the Republic of Heaven”. Trevor Cox (Professor of Acoustic Engineering at the University of Salford) will consider audio effects that arise naturally from the world around us and so inspire new ideas for the creative processing of audio signals. Dr Frank Melchior (Head of Audio Research, BBC R&D) will give an industry perspective by considering audio effects for applications in broadcast media. We would very much like to thank all authors for submitting their works, and all our reviewers for ensuring (and maintaining) the high quality of the scientific program of DAFx12.
Our social program explores the culture and heritage of both the University and City of York. The welcome reception will take place in the University’s new Ron Cooke Hub, following tours and demonstrations in the Department of Theatre Film and Television. On Tuesday evening, we are proud to present Trevor Wishart’s latest work. The evening programme for Wednesday takes place in two of the City of York’s important historic buildings – the Guildhall and Mansion House. A new work will be presented by composer Ambrose Field and the Ebor Singers, together with newly commissioned sound installations by Historyworks, David Chapman, John Was, Aaron Watson, Louise K. Wilson, and Geodesic Arts. We hope that the event will allow the DAFx community to explore aspects of the heritage and history of York through a diverse programme of music and sound art. Finally, on Thursday evening, delegates and guests are invited to the National Railway Museum for the conference banquet which includes the opportunity to view a world-leading collection of locomotives spanning the history of the railways from their very early days to the present.
Thanks go to our main sponsors - the Departments of Electronics and Theatre Film and Television - for supporting us in the planning and running of this event. We would also like to thank the organizers of DAFx11, Geoffroy Peeters, Olivier Warusfel and Markus Noisternig, as well as Udo Zölzer for their experience, help and advice. Of course, we must also thank all those others who have helped make DAFx12 possible - both in the run up to and during the conference - we are very grateful for your time and support. DAFx12 also - for the first time - makes use of social media to strengthen our community - we encourage you to Follow @DAFxInfo Tweet #DAFx12 during the conference to share your thoughts.
Over my many years of my attendance at the DAFx conferences, I have got to know many friends and colleagues in this community and shared many interesting discussions, ideas and collaborations. We hope your experience of DAFx12 is similarly rewarding and that you enjoy our full programme of events, while also finding some time to explore the many other aspects of our beautiful City.
Damian Murphy (AudioLab, Conference Chair)