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Chris  Barlow

Professor Chris Barlow PhD MSc BMus PgCLTHE MIOA MAES

Head of Solent Acoustics

School of Media Arts and Technology

023 8201 3288 ext. 3288 Room no. RM235


Professor Barlow is professor in acoustics at Solent University. He originally studied music and music technology at the University of Sheffield and the University of York, going on to work as a recording engineer in the classical music industry. In 1998, Chris set up a recording label Cloister Records, specialising in classical music - particularly vocal, early and chamber music, and has engineered and produced over 30 recordings for a number of companies, which have had airplay on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. He sold the company in 2009, though still continues to work for them on an occasional freelance basis.

Always interested in the science of sound, he moved into acoustics for his PhD at the University of York, specialising in voice and speech analysis, and completed in 2003 to work in a postdoctoral research fellowship at Leeds College of Music. He moved to Southampton Solent University in 2004 as a lecturer in audio engineering, was made reader in 2009 and associate professor in 2012. He is also director of the University’s acoustics consultancy and training business Solent Acoustics, and leads the University research cluster on INNovation in Applied Technology and Engineering (INNATE).

Chris leads the acoustics team at Solent, and is course leader for the MSc in applied acoustics. He also teaches on courses in the media technology field including undergraduate courses in audio engineering, broadcast engineering and live sound technology, as well as contributing to teaching on the Institute of Acoustics Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control.

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