International Year of Sound 2020-2021

Event Calendar

The Year of Sound will be celebrated with events originating at the regional, the national, and the international levels. Here we list all events that have an acoustical outreach component in line with the goals of the Year of Sound.


1 - 3 April 2020Canada

The acoustic properties of the 5-string banjo


The University of Alberta Sound Studies Institute hosts a series of talks with Dr. Joe Dickey, physicist and bluegrass musician. Dr. Dickey is the author of the seminal paper on the acoustical physics of the 5-string banjo. During his visit to the U of A, Dr. Dickey will host an academic presentation on the acoustics of the banjo, a workshop with physics graduate students, and another presentation on banjo acoustics geared to a non-academic audience. This latter event be held at the CKUA radio performance space, organized specifically to encourage the wider community to attend and get involved in ideas and practice related to sound science. CKUA is a local independent radio station (one of the oldest operating radio stations in the country, if not the world) that is partnering with the University of Alberta Sound Studies Institute to do off-campus events.

Location: Sound Studies Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Organisation Responsible: University of Alberta, Sound Studies Institute

Contact: Thomas Merklinger, at


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