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Steven Fenton graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree in Electronic & Information Engineering from the University Of Huddersfield, UK. Working at senior design level within the electronics industry he’s helped develop cutting edge technology within the professional and consumer marketplace. Roles have encompassed project management, video and audio compression systems, in-car audio, broadcast mixing console development, DSP, analogue audio design and low power embedded development.
As a keen audio enthusiast, Steven also built and ran a commercial recording studio. Over a 12-year period, he built up a number of credits on album, single and remix releases and continues to engage in production and mastering projects in his spare time.
Having completed a PhD at the University of Huddersfield his research interests include the measurement of audio quality in commercial music production, audio mastering, broadcast and audio systems. As an active member of the Audio Engineering Society, he regularly presents his research at international conferences. He is also a member of the Music Technology Research Group and Applied Psychoacoustics Lab at the University.
He is now employed by the University of Huddersfield as a Senior Lecturer in Music Technology and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
With a wealth of experience both in industry and ‘behind the glass’ Steven is keen to develop research ideas with commercial application within the audio and broadcast industry. Particular areas of interest include subjective and objective measurement of audio quality, development of novel musical/user interfaces, development of audio processing tools (hardware of software based), perceptually driven metering tools, distributed audio systems, PDA development and next generation methods of media delivery.
Wilson, T. and Fenton, S. (2016) ‘A Semantically Motivated Gestural Interface for the Control of Audio Dynamic Range’. In: Interactive Audio Systems Symposium 2016, 23/09/16, University of York
Fenton, S., Lee, H. and Wakefield, J. (2016) ‘Evaluation of a Perceptually-Based Model of "Punch" with Music Material’. In: AES 141st Convention, 28th September-2 October 2016, LA Convention Centre, LA, USA
Fenton, S. and Lee, H. (2015) ‘Towards a Perceptual Model of 'Punch' in Musical Signals’. In: 139th International AES Convention, 29th October - 1st November 2015, New York, USA
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
Fenton, S., Lee, H. and Wakefield, J. (2015) ‘Hybrid Multiresolution Analysis Of Punch In Musical Signals’. In: 138th Annual Audio Engineering Society AES Convention, 7th-10th May 2015, Warsaw, Poland
Fenton, S., Lee, H. and Wakefield, J. (2014) ‘Elicitation and Objective Grading of Punch Within Produced Music’. In: 136th International Audio Engineering Society Convention, 26th-29th April 2014, Berlin, Germany , p. 9043
Wilson, T. and Fenton, S. (2014) ‘Two Dimensional Gestural Control of Audio Processing’. In: 136th International Audio Engineering Society Convention, 26th-29th April 2014, Berlin, Germany , pp. 1-5
Fenton, S. and Wakefield, J. (2012) ‘Objective profiling of perceived punch and clarity in produced music’. In: 132nd Audio Engineering Society Convention, 26th - 29th April 2012, Budapest, Hungary
Fenton, S., Wakefield, J. and Fazenda, B. (2011) ‘Objective Measurement of Music Quality Using Inter-Band Relationship Analysis’. In: 130th Audio Engineering Society AES Convention, 13-16 May 2011, London, UK
Aitchison, M. and Fenton, S. (2010) ‘Can Transistors Sound like Valves?’. In: Future Technologies in Computing and Engineering: Proceedings of Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers' Conference 2010: CEARC10. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 20-26. ISBN 9781862180932
Fenton, S (2009) ‘Objective Measurement of Sound Quality in Music Production’. In: Annual Researchers' Conference 2009 (CEARC '09), Friday 11th December 2009, University Of Huddersfield
Fenton, S., Fazenda, B. and Wakefield, J. (2009) ‘Objective quality measurement of audio using multiband dynamic range analysis’. In: Institute of Acoustics (IOA) Conference 2009 - Reproduced Sound, November 2009, Brighton
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