Amy Beeston

Sheffield University site


This page is for news in 2018. To view older news items please follow this link to the news archives page.

Tour de Yorkshire

news item posted 10 Nov 2018

I've been enjoying another mini Tour de Yorkshire this week!

  • Research seminar, Music Department, University of York [info]
  • Sound in Mind project presentation, SEMPRE conference, Leeds [info]
  • Heading aids for music project presentation, SEMPRE conference, Leeds [info]

Bioacoustics and soundscape ecology

news item posted 2 Oct 2018

I've just started a new collaboration with Chris Hassall in the School of Biology at University of Leeds. We're developing a data science pipeline for acoustic monitoring of pollinator species. More news in due course!

Clinical and industry publications

news item posted 7 Sep 2018

As the end of our Hearing Aids for Music project draws nigh, I'm pleased to share a number of resources for hearing aid users, clinicians and manufacturers. Three are already available online, the final two are receiving their last little edits and will be released over the few weeks…

  • Music listening with hearing aids (leaflet for hearing aid users) [info]
  • Starting out with a music program: Quickstart clinic guide (leaflet for audiologists) [info]
  • A glossary of terms for music listening with hearing aids (online document) [info]
  • Music counselling and fitting: A guide for audiologists [info]
  • Hearing Aids for Music: Findings and recommendations for hearing aid users, audiologists, manufacturers and researchers [info]

New website for audio research and sound art

news item posted 6 Aug 2018

I've finally put my own website together at – please have a look! It's a work in progress… I'm aiming to document the sound art I've made that has been strengthened by my academic research on human and machine listening, and especially on our amazing human ability to adapt to different acoustic environments.

Timbre is a many-splendored thing

news item posted 7 July 2018

Well, that was refreshing! It was an enormous relief to get out of the Montreal heatwave this week and shelter deep in the bowels of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. The Timbre 2018 conference was a proper melting pot — my favourite kind of meeting! — many different disciplines, diverse perspectives and methodologies, great concerts too, and ultimately one shared intention: to improve the way we can communicate with each other about this "many-splendored" thing.


news item posted 30 May 2018

With massive appreciation for my collaborators Lucy Cheesman and Deborah Egan, I'm very excited to announce that our creative collective SONA has been selected as one of six projects for Sound and Music's 2018/19 Composer-Curator programme. Our project 'Unpeeled' will support women in sound and music technology through community building and encouraging experimentation, and will involve a series of creative works and open events through the dark months of 2018. I look forward to sharing more of our plans soon!

That's the spirit

news item posted 14 May 2018

I'll be back in York again next week! This time I'm presenting a research seminar in the Department of Music, talking about audio-sensing in participatory sound art. If you are close enough to come and listen, please do! [more info]

Audio Engineering Society presentation

news item posted 26 March 2018

I've just received a link to the video of my AES in York earlier in the year – many thanks to Mariana Lopez and Cleo Pike for inviting and encouraging me to talk!

A quick catchup!

news item posted 23 March 2018

I completely missed making any updates through February and early march… My apologies! Well, there's been a lot going on behind the scenes – the usual blend of art, science and technological activities:

  • I was pleased to travel to Bristol for the EPSRC/MRC meeting on Changing perceptions: Hearing, Psychoacoustics and ICT, a two-day workshop aiming to explore collaborative research opportunities between psychoacoustics, hearing and engineering (specifically within the information and communications technologies).
  • I've completed my 'instructor training' and am now a qualified member of the Software Carpentry team , teaching researchers the computing skills they need to get more done in less time and with less pain!
  • I'm really happy to be meeting more academics across all faculties through a Leeds-based iteration of NESTA's Crucible scheme. We've just had our first residential lab, and I'll be reporting more on this as the year progresses…
  • And, rather wonderfully, the Yorkshire Sound Women Network is really building momentum now! We've had our 2nd birthday gathering in Sheffield, our first meeting in York, and our regional networks meetup (aka AGM) is taking place this weekend in Leeds too.

Industry presentations

news item posted 12 January 2018

I am preparing for two invited presentations later this month… If you are close enough to come and listen, please do!

  • Institute of Acoustics Yorkshire and North East Branch Meeting, Sheffield, UK, 25 Jan. Title: Affordances, constraints and conventions in developing technologies to assist human listening. [booking link]
  • Audio Engineering Society North of England Group Meeting, York, UK, 29 Jan (with Cleo Pike). Title: Applications of perceptual psychology and neuroscience to audio engineering problems. [booking link]

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