• Tue
    Seven Arts (31A Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD)
    Prof Trevor Cox (University of Salford)

    Talking and singing comes naturally to most of us so it is easy to overlook how truly remarkable the human voice is. Mixing biology, physics and psychology, Trevor Cox will explore the workings of the voice looking at accents and different singing styles. The human voice has always been in flux, but over the last hundred years or so, this has been accelerated by technology. What about the future? ‘Photoshop for voice’ has already been demonstrated, leading to a future with #FakeSpeech. Rich in sound examples, the talk will draw on Trevor’s latest popular science book, Now You’re Talking (Bodley Head 2018).

    Trevor Cox is professor of acoustic engineering at the University of Salford.  He has regularly appeared on BBC Radio 4.  As well as his latest book "Now You're Talking: Human Conversation from the Neanderthals to Artificial Intelligence" he is also the author of "Sonic Wonderland: A Scientific Odyssey of Sound".