Sound is a fundamental and rich source of information, yet often overlooked. It is physical, sensorial, and emotional, as well as social, cultural, and environmental. Sound contributes to the transformation of our experiences, environments, and cultures.
Whether treated as a problem (i.e. noise pollution) or an opportunity (i.e. sound healing), sound is with us all the time, contributing to the transformation of our experiences, environments, and cultures.
In Loughborough University, sound-related research is conducted by researchers in engineering, design, art and social sciences. For instance, Valerie Pinfield (Chemical Engineering) leads the Computational Acoustics Special Interest Group for the EPSRC-sponsored Acoustics Network; Hua Dong (Design) initiated multidisiplinary projects on music-design-performance with Trossingen University of Music and published the DVD 'Sound Bridge'; and Paul Lepper (Mechancial, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering) is on the Council for the UK Institute of Acoustics. He will host the International Conference on Bio-Acoustics in 2019. I naddition, Loughborough Radar has recently commissioned three artists for an ambitious programme of musical, artistic and geographic exploration that looks at music's ability to transport listeners to new worlds.
Sound-related research underpins key technology areas such as healthcare, manufacturing, transport, energy, safety, and digital communications and is strongly supported by the UK research councils. In the newly founded 'Acoustic Network' (EPSRC network grant, 2017-2020), Loughborough University has been recognised as a leading institution.