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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

Biography

Chris Barlow is Professor of Acoustics at Solent University, and Head of Solent Acoustics – the university’s acoustic consultancy and training business.  He is Chair of the South of England group of the Audio Engineering Society, sits on the Southern Branch committee of the Institute of Acoustics, and also on the UK National Executive of the Audio Engineering Society. 

Having studied for a BMus at the University of Sheffield and MSc Music Technology at the University of York, he first worked as a musician and recording engineer in the classical music industry, running his own record label and working as a freelance recording engineer.   Chris moved into the acoustics field for his PhD, focusing on voice analysis of classical singers.   He has remained on the border of the creative and technical worlds ever since, focusing on acoustics and audio engineering, but particularly on its application in arts, design and health.   He has a wide range of interests, including audio production, sound design, soundscaping, architectural acoustics, spatial audio and sound for video games.

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Further information

  1. Research interests

    Dr Barlow’s areas of interest include: Noise and hearing loss, particularly in the music industry; Acoustics of the voice and hearing system; Sound for Computer and Video Games; Audio for Virtual Reality; Studio and concert hall acoustics and design; Spatial Audio; Learning technology applied to music and engineering education; Music recording and production.

    Dr Barlow’s areas of interest include: Noise and hearing loss, particularly in the music industry; Acoustics of the voice and hearing system; Sound for Computer and Video Games; Audio for Virtual Reality; Studio and concert hall acoustics and design; Spatial Audio; Learning technology applied to music and engineering education; Music recording and production.

    Recent projects have focused on:  Tranquillity in the Urban Environment;  Use of Virtual Reality simulations for Engineering Diagnostics;  Hearing loss in the music industry;  The development of improved audiometric screening products, and the impact of negative ‘noise’ and positive ‘sound’ on health.   

    A secondary research interest is educational technology.  He has been chair of the International Conference on ICT in Education since 2011, and has a particular interest in the use of technology in engineering education, currently working on the use of VR simulation in maritime engineering.

  2. Recent publications

    Chris' recent publications include conference papers, pilot studies and academic journal articles. For more information, follow the link below...

    Barlow C and Screen D (2017) Does the noise exposure from children’s toys and other technology pose a significant risk of noise induced hearing loss in children?   Proceedings of the International Congress on Sound and Vibration, London 2017.

    Lancastle S,  Barlow C and Davison L (2016) A Flipped classroom in Engineering Education – Student Perception and Effect on Learning.  In Pyrini and Tsolakidis (eds) Proceedings of International Conference on ICT in Education, July 6-9 2016, Rhodes, Greece.    Solent University Press.  978-0-9932889-4-4.

    Barlow C, Davison L, Ashmore M.  (2015) Concerns with Amplitude variation in calibrated Audiometer systemsNoise and Health. 17 (78): pp384-385

    Barlow C, Davison L, Ashmore M (2015) Variation in tone presentation by Pure Tone Audiometers: the potential for error in screening audiometry.  In Proceedings of Euronoise 2015. Maastricht, NL, May31-June 3 2015.

    Fine, P., Ginsborg J., and Barlow C. (2014) 'Making myself understood: Factors affecting the Understanding of Sung Text'. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition 2014, Seoul, S. Korea.

    Barlow C, Davison L, Ashmore M and Weinman, R. (2014) 'Amplitude variation in calibrated Audiometer systems'. Noise and Health – in press.

    Aygün, H., Barlow C., and Rubini, P. A. (2014), 'Investigation of sound propagation in a duct with a mean temperature gradient'. Proceedings of Institute of Physics (Anglo-French Physical Acoustic Conference, 15 – 17 January 2014, Surrey, UK).

    Aygün, H., Barlow C., (2014), 'Behaviour of ultrasonic waves in rigid porous materials: An anisotropic Biot-Attenborough model' Proceedings of Institute of Physics (Anglo-French Physical Acoustic Conference, 15 – 17 January 2014, Surrey, UK).

    Aygün, H., Barlow C., (2014) 'Ultrasonic wave propagation in porous rigid ceramics at oblique incidence', Applied Acoustics, under review.

    Barlow, C and Wenman, A. (2013). 'Potential for reduction in noise exposure using closed back headphone monitoring for rehearsal – a pilot study'. In Hepworth –Sawyer and Wells (Eds) Proceedings of Innovation in Music 2013.

    Barlow C and Castilla-Sanchez, F. (2012). 'Occupational Noise Exposure and Regulatory Adherence in Music Venues in the UK'. Noise and Health. 14 (57): pp 86:90

    Barlow, C. (2012). 'To tablet or not to tablet…using mobile devices in the HE classroom'. In Pyrini and Anderson (eds) Proceedings of the International Conference on ICT in Education, July 3-5 2012.

    Barlow C, Battaner-Moro, J, Whitelegg N, Wright P and Jones M. (2011) 'OpenStreetMap as a tool for environmental noise awareness education – a pilot project'. In Fernstrom, K. and Pyrini, N. 'Proceedings of the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Education 2011'. University of Fraser Valley Press.

    Battaner-Moro, J., Barlow C, Whitelegg N and Wright, P (2011) 'A New Approach for Determining Quiet Area Accessibility in England'. In Baines D (ed) Proceedings of Springnoise 2011.

    Long P, Barlow C, Lancastle S, Beardsell I and Kiuber M. (2011). 'Web 2.0: The use of social media in post-qualification training in emergency medicine'. In Fernstrom, K. and Pyrini, N. 'Proceedings of the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Education 2011'. University of Fraser Valley Press.

    Barlow, C, (2011) 'Evidence of noise-induced hearing loss in young people studying popular music'. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 26 (2); pp 96-1.1.

    Barlow, C, (2010) 'Potential Hazard of hearing Damage to Students in Undergraduate Popular Music Courses'. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 25 (4); pp 175-182.

    Barlow C and Lovetri, J (2010) ‘Closed Quotient and Spectral Measures of Adolescent Singers in Different Singing Styles'. Journal of Voice v24, (3): pp 314-318.

    Barlow, C, Lancastle S, Beardsell, I, Robinson S and Long, P.(2010) 'Implementation of Virtual Lectures in post-qualification training In Emergency Medicine - A pilot study'. Proceedings of the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Education. Corfu 7-10 July 2010.

    Battaner-Moro, J, Barlow, C and Wright, P (2010) ‘Social Deprivation and Accessibility to Quiet areas in Southampton.’ Proceedings of Noise in the Built Environment. Ghent, April 28-29 2010. Institute of Acoustics/Belgian Acoustical Association.

    Barlow C and Mecke A. (2010) Voice source characteristics of Child singers. Proceedings of Choice for Voice, British Voice Association Conference, London July 15-17 2010, Royal Academy of Music.