Keynotes

Helen Thorington is the Co-Director of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., the founder and producer of the national weekly radio series, New American Radio (1987- 1998), the founder and producer of the Turbulence.org and Somewhere.org websites (1996-); and co-founder with Jo-Anne Green of the blogs, Networked_Performance and Networked_Music_Review, and Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art) (2009). She is also a writer, sound composer, and radio producer, whose radio documentary, dramatic work, and sound/music compositions have been aired internationally for the past thirty years. She has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences including: MIT5: creativity, ownership and collaboration in the digital age, Massachusetts Institute for Technology (2007); Digital Arts Weeks, Zurich (2007); Music in the Global Village in Budapest (2009); and Sounding Cultures at Cornell University (2011). Her writings have been published in numerous periodicals including Contemporary Music Review (2005, 2006); and Intermedia Art (Tate Modern, London, 2008); she has contributed to numerous recent exhibitions of sound art in the US and abroad and recently co-authored a limited edition artist’s book, The Tower, inspired by, and evolved out of research into the theoretical physics of multi-dimensional spaces.

Frank Melchior received the Dipl.-Ing.degree in media technology from the Ilmenau University of Technology, Ilmenau, Germany in 2003 and a Dr. degree from the Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, in 2011.  Currently he is Head of BBC Audio Research and the BBC Audio Research Partnership at BBC Research and Development, Salford, United Kingdom. From 2009 to 2012 he was the Chief Technical Officer and Director Research and Development at IOSONO GmbH, Erfurt , Germany. From 2003 to 2009 he worked as a senior researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute Digital Media Technology, Ilmenau, Germany.  He holds 17 patents and patent applications and has authored and co-authored a large number of papers in international journals and conference proceedings. His current areas of interests include object-based and spatial audio capture and reproduction, next generation audio content experience. Frank Melchior represents the BBC in international organisation like ITU, EBU and DVB and is a active member of the AES, DEGA.