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I am currently a lecturer in the Music Technology subject area. I teach programming for audio applications (mainly in C/C++), digital signal processing, audio electronics and studio recording techniques. I also supervise students in the area of psychoacoustics.
I originally came to Huddersfield as an undergraduate, obtaining a first class degree in Music Technology and Audio Systems. Following a year studying for a Certificate in Biblical Studies in Cardiff, I returned to the north of England and obtained a PhD from the University of Salford's acclaimed acoustics research centre in 2012. My research focussed on improving the quality of low frequency audio reproduction in critical listening spaces. During this research program I gained a specific interest in perceptual audio evaluation.
My research focusses mainly on the perception of audio quality with the aim of better understand the assessment of a listening space or recoding.
I am interested in perceptual models linking descriptive words, emotions, preference and quality perception. I have studied this specifically in relation to low frequency audio in small listening rooms, using the descriptive analysis method to elicit the perceptual terms Articulation, Resonance, Strength and Depth. I am currently working on new methods of elicitation and expanding the work into other areas of audio perception.
I am also currently exploring the use audio applications for mobile devices to assist the partially sighted.
Fazenda, B., Stephenson, M. and Goldberg, A. (2015) ‘Perceptual thresholds for the effects of room modes as a function of modal decay’ The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America , 137 (3), pp. 1088-1098. ISSN 0001-4966
Fazenda, B., Wankling, M., Hargreaves, J., Elmer, L. and Hirst, J. (2012) ‘Subjective preference of modal control methods in listening rooms’ Journal of the Audio Engineering Society , 60 (5), pp. 338-349. ISSN 1549-4950
Wankling, M., Fazenda, B. and Davies, W. (2012) ‘The assessment of low-frequency room acoustic parameters using descriptive analysis’ Journal of the Audio Engineering Society , 60 (5), pp. 325-337. ISSN 15494950
Wankling, M. and Fazenda, B. (2009) ‘An auralisation method for real time subjective testing of modal parameters.’. In: Proceedings of Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers' Conference 2009: CEARC09. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 51-57. ISBN 9781862180857
Wankling, M. and Fazenda, B. (2009) ‘Studies in modal density its effect at low frequencies’. In: Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics. Brighton, UK: Instute of Acoustics. pp. 62-73. ISBN 978-1-61567-685-9
Wankling, M. and Fazenda, B. (2008) ‘The optimization of modal spacing within small rooms’. In: Proceedings of Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers' Conference 2008: CEARC08. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 117-124. ISBN 978-1-86218-067-3
Robotham, T., Stephenson, M. and Lee, H. (2016) ‘The Effect of a Vertical Reflection on the Relationship between Preference and Perceived Change in Timbre and Spatial Attributes’. In: Audio Engineering Society 140th International Convention, 4th - 7th June 2016, Paris, France
Wilson, T., Fenton, S. and Stephenson, M. (2015) ‘A Semantically Motivated Gestural Interface for the Control of a Dynamic Range Compressor’. In: 138th Annual Audio Engineering Society AES Convention, 7th-10th May 2015, Warsaw, Poland , pp. 1-9
Hargreaves, J. and Wankling, M. (2011) ‘Implementing wave field synthesis in an ITU spec listening room part 2: Bass without modes’. In: Reproduced Sound RS 2011: Sound Systems Engineering or Art, 16th-18th November 2011, Brighton, UK
Wankling, M., Fazenda, B. and Davies, W. (2010) ‘Improving the Assessment of Low Frequency Room Acoustics using Descriptive Analysis’. In: 129th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society, 4th-7th November. 2010, San Francisco, USA
Wankling, M. and Fazenda, B. (2009) ‘Subjective Validity of Figures of Merit for Room Aspect Ratio Design’. In: 126th Audio Engineering Society Convention, 7-10 May 2009, Munich, Germany
Wankling, M. and Fazenda, B. (2009) ‘Can We Predict What You Hear?’. In: University of Huddersfield Research Festival, 23rd March - 2nd April 2009, University of Huddersfield
Fazenda, B. and Wankling, M. (2008) ‘Optimal modal spacing and density for critical listening’. In: 125th AEC Convention, 2-5 October 2008, San Francisco, CA, USA
Stephenson, M (2012) Assessing the quality of low frequency audio reproduction in critical listening spaces Doctoral thesis, University of Salford.