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NEW! USC Viterbi Podcast Escape Velocity

Collecting the 'Google Earth' of sound in virtual acoustic museums

March 07, 2016 —

An international, trans-disciplinary team of researchers led by USC Viterbi's Chris Kyriakakis, founding Director of the USC Immersive Audio Laboratory, and Sharon Gerstel, UCLA professor of Byzantine art and archaeology, takes us to Thessaloniki, Greece to capture the ethereal sounds of ancient Byzantine churches. What they found will forever change the way we think about sound and space.

With ancient sites disappearing in conflict zones, we wonder: “What if their sounds didn’t die?"

Escape Velocity is a new podcast produced by USC Viterbi that explores the intersection of engineering and everyday life – the extraordinary with the mundane and often the mundane with the impossible. From the premise of Engineering +, the idea that engineering is one of the few disciplines that escapes its confines and crosses into virutally every area of our modern lives, our goal is to shed light on that “escape”.

Are computers changing human character? Can we download our dreams? Can people really live in space? Do engineers think beyond science? These and a multitude of other questions – entertaining, strange, topical and complex – are just a few of the topics explored by the students and faculty of USC Viterbi.