Hearing the past: auralization for acoustical archaeology

Hearing the past: auralization for acoustical archaeology

By: Matthew Azevedo

Tues. June 9th, 7pm

Presented at: Acentech, Inc.

Synopsis: Archaeology has progressed from a study of the physical artifacts of the past to a study of how people lived, including the soundscapes of their lives. Auralization techniques commonly used to hear the acoustical details of a space before it is built can also be used to recreate the sounds of the past. This talk will explore the modeling and production techniques used in the Paul’s Cross Project, which recreated the full soundscape of John Donne’s 1622 Gunpowder Day sermon, which included the sermon, a crowd of 5000 listeners, wind, birds, dogs, and the other sounds of early modern London.

Matt Azevedo is an acoustician, musician, and educator based in Boston, MA whose work is focused on how sound is produced, transmitted, and perceived. His current work is centered around an active consulting practice in architectural acoustics and acoustical simulation and a composition and performance practice using custom-designed analog synthesizers and loudspeaker arrays.

Matt received a Bachelor of Music in Performance and Sound Recording Technology from UMass Lowell in 1999, and then spent the next eleven years as a staff engineer at M Works Mastering studios. In 2010, he left the studio to accept a research fellowship at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a Masters in Acoustics. Currently Matt is a Consultant in Acoustics at Acentech, where he is involved in a wide range of projects, a professor at Berklee College of Music teaching acoustics, and continues his work as a mastering engineer and producer as a freelancer.


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