33 research outputs found

    Sonic immersion: reaching new audiences through sound

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    This PhD thesis is a practice-based effort to respond to the homogenisation of acousmatic audiences to niche cliques of practitioners. It consists of a portfolio of nine acousmatic compositions in stereophonic and multichannel formats and a written commentary. Two of the compositions form part of a larger collaborative work/project (Sound Sculptures (section 4.4) and Ancestor 1 (section 4.5)). The commentary discusses the creative and compositional processes behind the acousmatic works, building upon a variety of approaches to engaging wider audiences with the medium of sound. Through exploring various approaches to audience engagement, audience development and collaboration (with other artists, art forms and organisations), this practice-based research explores how an electroacoustic composer may reach new and existing audiences. This has led to a variety of dissemination outcomes including performances, site-specific works, installations and workshops. All compositions have been composed in the electroacoustic studios at the University of Birmingham using Reaper, GRM Tools, Ableton Live, The Ambisonic Toolkit, IEM Plug-in Suite, O3A Core (Blue Ripple Sound), SoundMagic Spectral (Michael Norris), SoundHack and RX 8 (Izotope). The multichannel works (8 and 16 channels) have been decoded using ATK plugins for binaural listening purposes

    1000 Families Study, a UK multiwave cohort investigating the well-being of families of children with intellectual disabilities : cohort profile

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    Purpose: The 1000 Families Study is a large, UK-based, cohort of families of children with intellectual disability (ID). The main use of the cohort data will be to describe and explore correlates of the well-being of families of children with ID, including parents and siblings, using cross-sectional and (eventually) longitudinal analyses. The present cohort profile intends to describe the achieved cohort. Participants: Over 1000 families of UK children with ID aged between 4 and 15 years 11 months (total n=1184) have been recruited. The mean age of the cohort was 9.01 years old. The cohort includes more boys (61.8%) than girls (27.0%; missing 11.1%). Parents reported that 45.5% (n=539) of the children have autism. Most respondents were a female primary caregiver (84.9%), and 78.0% were the biological mother of the cohort child with ID. The largest ethnic group for primary caregivers was White British (78.5%), over half were married and living with their partner (53.3%) and 39.3% were educated to degree level. Findings: to date Data were collected on family, parental and child well-being, as well as demographic information. Wave 1 data collection took place between November 2015 and January 2017, primarily through online questionnaires. Telephone interviews were also completed by 644 primary caregivers. Future plans: Wave 2 data collection is ongoing and the research team will continue following up these families in subsequent waves, subject to funding availability. Results will be used to inform policy and practice on family and child well-being in families of children with ID. As this cohort profile aims to describe the cohort, future publications will explore relevant research questions and report key findings related to family well-being
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