project 268: 'Heyser Lecture'


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Diemer de Vries

date and times:
Saturday May 7, 2022
17:15 - 18:15 CEST

On May 7 and 8, 2022,  the 'In Person' AES convention will take place at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague, NL.
Members of the Dutch AES-Section are kindly invited to assist at the 'Heyser lecture' that will be presented at this event.

 The Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture series was established in May 1999 by the AES Technical Council, the Board of Governors, and the Richard Heyser Scholarship Fund to honor the extensive contribution to the Society by this outstanding man, widely known for his ability to communicate new and complex technical ideas with great clarity and patience. The Heyser Series is an endowment for lectures that will bring to AES conventions eminent individuals in audio engineering and related fields.

In 2008, TU Delft acoustics professor Guus Berkhout in his Heyser Lecture stated that a glorious future of audio engineering could be realized by application of array technology. For sound reproduction purposes, this implied his concept of Wave Field Synthesis (WFS), first proposed in the 1980s and further developed by the Delft acoustics group to a convincing demonstration system during the following decade.
Using closely spaced arrays of loudspeakers, spatial perception was enabled where, in an extended audience area, all listeners locate the sound sources at their correct positions.
After several leading universities and research institutes combined their forces in the successful EU project CARROUSO (2001-2003), a glorious future for WFS seemed to be approaching indeed. 

In the present Heyser Lecture 14 years later, after a summary of the principles and history of WFS a survey will be given – without claiming any completeness - of recent developments and applications. 

An example at hand is the WFS system in the convention venue, the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Students use it as an indispensable tool for electronic music composition. Demonstrations of the system will be given during various moments at the convention.

Has WFS conquered the audio world? Well…. at least it has obtained a recognized position!

Registration please via this webform.
Participation is free of charge, registration however is compulsory.

Ensemblezaal, Royal Conservatoire, Amare building
Turfhaven 7
2511 DK Den Haag

The location is right in the heart of The Hague, at a walkable distance from the Den Haag Centraal railway station.   

Bert Kraaijpoel (see at bestuur)