IIPC Debate 69
Mon 13 April 4-6 pm, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Professor Karen Collins (University of Waterloo, Canada)
Studying Media Sound: Balancing Theory and Practice
KAREN COLLINS is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Interactive Audio at the Games Institute at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She has written many seminal publications on sound and music in games, and on everyday media/technology, exploring how new technologies impact our audio experience. She has studied, for example, sound on smart tables (horizontal computers), mobile phones, video games, and how sound is used in slot machines to manipulate players. She is the author of Game Sound (MIT Press 2008), From Pac-Man to Pop Music (Ashgate 2008), and Playing With Sound (MIT Press 2013). Recently she co-edited (with Bill Kapralos and Holly Tesslerr) The Oxford Handbook of Interactive Audio (2014). Currently she is writing a book on the history of game sound.
In addition to scholarly work, Karen Collins practices sound design for film and games. In this respect she is best known for her work on Small Sacrifices (for which she was nominated for an award for best sound design at the Underwire Film Festival, 2012) and The Well (an experimental binaural soundtrack, 2014).