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Alex Wilson is a PhD student from the Acoustics Research Centre at the University of Salford who’s visiting the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) at QMUL. He or she (I’ve not checked!) is running a listening test at QMUL which ends next week, to do with quality-perception in music.

If you’re able to get to Stepney Green / Mile End, like listening to music and helping people out with their research then this might interest.

There’s a Doodle poll where you can bagsy a time slot: http://doodle.com/mc2zy2s8pzzvgx6z – it closes on 28 August 2014

Alex says: “When we listen to our music collection we can clearly perceive differences in the quality of the audio; some tracks sound great to us, some not so much.

This project is an investigation into this phenomenon. We aim to discover…
• Which physical, social and emotional aspects are important in the perception of quality in recorded music?
• What can be done to improve the quality of music recordings?

The effect of mood on musical preference and quality
Date: 19th to 28th August 2014
Location: MAT control room, Engineering Building,
Time: 10:00 to 17:00

Your participation:
As a participant in this test, you will be seated at a computer and played a series of music clips via a set of high-quality loudspeakers. You will then answer a series of simple questions based on your experience of the music.
• The test should take about 35 minutes to complete.
• All welcome – no special experience is required.

While some personal information is required, the data you provide will be anonymous. The test will not include any form of physical contact or risks to your health and safety.

Participation is completely voluntary, and you may stop the test for any reason and leave.

If you have any further questions, please email me at: alex.wilson AT qmul.ac.uk

If you wish to take the test and help with this project, please get in touch to arrange your preferred time slot, or simply show up on the day. Other dates can also be arranged.

Thank you very much for your time – it is greatly appreciated.”