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On the 7th February I'll be giving a talk at King's College London on 'Sound Design and binaural audio for visually impaired film audiences'
The talk will present the concepts, processes and results linked to the Enhancing Audio Description project (funded by the AHRC), which seeks to provide accessible audio-visual experiences to visually impaired audiences using sound design techniques and spatialisation. Film grammars have been developed throughout history, but such languages have matured with sighted audiences in mind and assuming that seeing is more important than hearing. We will challenge such assumptions by demonstrating how sound effects, first person narration as well as breaking the rules of sound mixing, can allow us to create accessible versions of films that are true to the filmmaker's conception.
Dr Mariana Lopez
Lecturer in Sound Production and Post Production
Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York