Toros Senan

Geluidsspecialist bij Sorama

Domeinen: Zorg & Welzijn

I am a multidisciplinary audio scientist with experience in sound engineering, room acoustics, musical acoustics, psychoacoustics, noise vibration and harshness, and sound design. I have spent most of my time in construction yards, concert halls, music studios, anechoic chambers, acoustic conferences, lecture halls, and laboratories.

I got involved with room acoustics by re-designing the loudspeaker positions, measuring the results, and applying acoustic treatment without any budget and workforce in a music venue that hosted one of the international jazz day concerts (Istanbul, TR, April 30th, 2013). Afterward, I learned how to record impulse responses from historical classical guitars to make them sing again.

During my Ph.D., I investigated the impact of background sounds on memory performance, known as the irrelevant sound effect (ISE). The project presented questions spanning the fields of acoustics, sound perception and cognition, and sound alarm design. I am the only researcher in the multidisciplinary ISE literature who worked on a psychoacoustic predictor that attempts to model one of the underlying psychological hypotheses.

After completing my Ph.D., I started working at Sorama as a consultant and researcher. I mainly research and develop acoustic algorithms that quantify specific physical phenomena. Since March 1st, 2020, I also work as a postdoc at the Industrial Design Department of The Eindhoven University of Technology as a sound design researcher, investigating the role of sound in the design of and interaction with systems of smart things.

Currently, I am lucky to have a complementary double life: As an acoustician, I extract various kinds of information from sounds, and as a sound design researcher, I synthesize sounds that convey information to listeners.