The sound of a 3,000 year-old Mummy

5.00 лв.

19:00 – 20:00, Hall Cosmos in association with А1
general audience

Our voices are basic to our normal existence and human speech has evolved to be robust for being understood by the listener and as a means for transmitting inner feelings even when presenting to large audiences (without amplification) for proclamation, when in the presence of competing loud sounds locally and when singing with large orchestral accompaniment. Human vocal tissue also withstands mummification and that has enabled the creation of a vowel sound from the 3,000 year old Mummy, Nesyamun.

This talk by Prof. David Howard, the researcher behind the remarkable achievement, will review human voice production and its use for communication of words in both speech and singing. It will describe the practical side of how a vowel sound was created from Nesyamun and it will offer tips for keeping our voices healthy.

In English, interpretation into Bulgarian available.
In partnership with the Science & Innovation Network and the British Embassy.

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Professor David Howard was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2016 in recognition of his contributions to the science of voice and hearing. David holds a PhD in Human Communication from the University of London for his work on single channel cochlear implants in the 1980s. David was a lecturer in the department of Phonetics and Linguistics at University College London and in 1990 he moved to be a Senior Lecturer/Professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering at the University of York. David was head-hunted to be the Founding Professor and Head of the new Department of Electronic Engineering at Royal Holloway where he set up a syllabus that keeps creativity at the heart of engineering education.

David presented two 1-hour long documentaries ‘Castrato’ and ‘Voice’ for BBC4 TV and was been involved in several national and international media interviews following the publication of the paper relating to creating a vowel from the Mummy Nesyamun.

Outside work David spends considerable time performing music as the Musical Director of Feltham Choral Society and Organist and Choirmaster at St. Mary’s Thorpe.

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Място / Venue

Sofia Tech Park, Cosmos Hall

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Цена / Price


Дата / Date

14 May 2023