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Curriculum Vitae

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Short Biography

Originally from Newfoundland, Canada, Dr. Geoff Martin has degrees in music performance, sound recording and acoustics simulation. He has taught electronics and electroacoustic music composition at McGill University and the University of Ottawa. He is presently working in research and development in acoustics and auditory perception at Bang & Olufsen a/s in Denmark. Geoff was the Papers Chair for the 24th International Conference of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) on Multichannel Audio held at The Banff Centre in Canada. He is also the chair of the AES Conference Policy Committee and is a member of the review board for the society's Journal. In addition, Geoff is the author of a textbook on sound recording which is available at www.tonmeister.ca.

Medium Biography

Originally from St. John's, Newfoundland, Geoff Martin completed his Bachelor of Music in pipe organ at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1990. He is a graduate of McGill University's Masters of Music in Sound Recording and, in 2001, he completed his doctoral research in which he developed a method of using digital signal processing to simulate reflections from quadratic residue diffusers for multichannel acoustic environments.

Following completion of his doctorate, Geoff was a Faculty Lecturer for McGill's Music Technology area, where he taught courses in new media, electronics, and electroacoustics. In addition, he was a member of the development team for McGill's new Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT). He taught electroacoustic music composition and conducted the contemporary music ensemble at the University of Ottawa. He has also been a regular member of the visiting faculty in the Music and Sound Department at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. He is presently working in research and development in the Acoustics division of Bang & Olufsen a/s in Denmark where he has been since the Fall of 2002. Some of his accomplishments at Bang & Olufsen include designing the sound for the BeoSound 8, the award-winning Advanced Sound System for the Audi A8 as well as the Sound System for the Audi R8 with Patrick Hegerty.

Geoff has been a member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) since 1990 and served on the executive for the Montreal Student Chapter for two years. He has published and presented numerous papers on microphone techniques, multichannel audio and virtual acoustics. In addition, he has been an invited presented to many AES conferences, speaking on subjects including recording studio practices, signal processing and automotive audio. Geoff served as the Papers Chair for the 24th International Conference of the AES titled "Multichannel Audio: The New Reality" held at The Banff Centre. He is the chair of the Conference Policy Committee and is a member of the review board for the Journal of the AES.

Geoff is also writing a textbook on sound recording which is available at his website at www.tonmeister.ca.

Interviews, Articles and Reviews

Review: B&O BeoPlay V1 television - Review at www.hdtv-news.com
"I'll start with the audio performance, as the very first thing I did after setting up the WiFi (apart from downloading the latest firmware) was to play music streamed from my Windows PC, and wow, I was honestly blown away.
"I was expecting to hear good things, but this was beyond my expectations. I have always been an audio buff, and remember sitting for ages listening to the difference in audio quality you would get from a highend set. The V1's audio was so crisp and rich, with such clarity along with deep bass. As I cranked the volume up expecting to hear it strain and lose quality...it didn't. I must admit I spend a good amount of time just listening and enjoying the rich quality of the sound before I even go to the video side of things.
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"The high quality, powerful audio was noticeably clear from the very first few seconds of one of our test blu-rays 'Avatar'. The deep tones Sam Worthington's narration were so clear and rich, and very un- forced. Through out the movie the audio [never] skipped a beat, even cranked up very high. The vocals were always clear and accurate, with the highs and lows reproduced extremely well, for example explosions sounded very deep and powerful, where shattering glass sounded high and crystal clear.
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"Bang & Olufsen say that the TV could easily be used to replace a high quality dedicated sound system, and after my time with the V1 I have to agree. It's better than any sound system in my house by far."

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Review: Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 8 - Review of Sound Quality at TrustedReviews.com
"The one part of the BeoSound 8 that we would have expected from the outset to be impressed by is its sound quality. We can't think of any B&O product we've seen, including its flat TVs, that has had anything less than stellar audio - and the BeoSound 8 is no different. In fact, the impact it has on your humble compressed iPod/iPad/iPhone music is at times little short of miraculous."

Review: Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 8 - Review of Sound Quality at Sound & Vision Magazine
"At normal listening levels, the 8 produced excellent, well-balanced sound. Though it can produce a lot of bass, it wasn't boomy (presuming its placement matched the bass switch settings). The treble was detailed, not harsh."

Review: Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 8 - Review of Sound Quality at cnet.com.au
"At AU$1500, the BeoSound is one of the most expensive iPod docks we've seen, but feel that people who are drawn to the distinctive design won't be disappointed by the sparkling sound on offer."

Bang & Olufsen Serene - Review at twistedintellect.com
"These twelve ringtones have been especially designed for the speaker in the phone. So on one hand, you have the limit of not being able to download 'Final Countdown' in crappy quality for your ringtone. But on the other hand, this makes the experience that much greater. This is a design phone in the true meaning of the word."

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Interview: 2006 Toronto Star - Wheels Section (HTML)
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Profile: 2005 Audi Annual Report Magazine (PDF)
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Profile: 2005 Audi Annual Report Magazine (HTML)
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Profile: B&O internal magazine
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