Jury International Sound Awards 2018
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Ruth Simmons – soundlounge
Ruth Simmons is the CEO of Songseekers International Ltd (SSI). Established by Ruth in 1980, SSI was the first company in Europe to address the ways that the advertising industry and brands used music in their advertising. In 1992 SSI set up soundlounge, the first dedicated creative research facility for Ad Agencies. Over the ensuing years and a rebrand (SSI now trading as soundlounge (www.soundlounge.co.uk)), Ruth has continued to pioneer new areas of sound and music application in relation to synchronisation which included writing a new insurance with Hiscox Insurers for users. At the ‘end of the last century’, she began to ask the question – ‘If you know what your brand looks like – do you know what it sounds like?’ In 2015, Music Week honoured her with ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sync’, in acknowledgement of her pioneering thinking and her contribution to establishing a synchronisation industry. This award has never previously or since been given to any individual or company.
Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg – Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDM
Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg has been a driving force behind some of today’s most innovative digital audio technology, notably the mp3 and MPEG audio standards. He is acclaimed for pioneering work in digital audio coding and psychoacoustics. His honors include the AES Silver Medal, the IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronic Award, the German Future Award, which he shared with his colleagues and the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Furthermore he is member in the Hall of Fame of the Consumer Electronics Association. In April 2014, Brandenburg was inducted as an innovator into the Internet Hall of Fame. He holds three honorary Ph.D. degrees. Dr. Brandenburg holds about 100 patents. He is a professor at the Institute for Media Technology at Technische Universität Ilmenau and director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Ilmenau, Germany.
Emma Rodero – Pompeu Fabra University
Emma Rodero is a researcher and professor in the Department of Communication at Pompeu Fabra University UPF (Spain), PhD. in Communication, PhD. in Psychology, Master in Pathology of Voice and Master in Psychology of Cognition. She obtained a Marie Curie fellowship (European Union) to conduct research in US about cognitive processing of radio commercials. She is author of more than ten books and fifty scientific papers about radio. Rodero usually teaches Public Speaking and Sound Advertising at UPF. She has over a decade of experience in the radio industry. She is currently a voice-over artist and has received awards for some radio dramas.
Rainer Hirt – audity
Studies in communication design at the University of Appliance Science, Konstanz (Master of Arts). Co-Founder of audity, a company specialised in functional sounds for brands and products. Author and co-producer of the compendium »Audio Branding«. Rainer is supervising various research projects with several universities and has been, since 2008, juror of the international Red Dot Design Award. Lecturer for Audible Design at the HTWG Konstanz.
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