03 PM | 27 Jun

When a Good #Rhythm Can also Be a Bad Rhythm – A Story of Bug #Communication [#geekgirl]

“Substrate-borne sound (vibrational) communication is used by more than 200,000 arthropod species, most of which communicate on plants. In nature animals often communicate in situations when several individuals emit signals at the same time. For animals communicating acoustically, in such situations the problem of perceiving signals is equivalent to the human “cocktail party problem” formulated as: “How do we recognize what one person is saying when others are speaking at the same time?” However, for animals the problem is compounded by signals of other species present in the same environment. In many insects song rhythm is the most crucial parameter for mate recognition. While on one hand species-specific temporal pattern enables partners to find each other, on the other hand relying exclusively on song rhythm often leads to identification errors, when songs from several singing individuals combine to form an unattractive rhythm.

Meta Virant-Doberlet works as Sciences Councillor at the Department of Entomology at the National Institute of Biology, Ljubljana. She completed her studies and Ph.D. in biology at the University of Ljubljana. As a Ph.D. student she worked at the Max Planck Institute for Behavioral Physiology in Seewiesen and recently she held a senior Marie Curie Fellowship at Cardiff University. Her main research is on insect vibrational communication with a particular focus on vibrational communication networks. Meta Virant-Doberlet has published articles in several journals, for instance, “Duetting Behavior in the Leafhopper Aphrodes makarovi” (with M. de Groot et al., 2012); “Exploitation of Insect Vibrational Signals Reveals a New Method of Pest Management” (with A. Eriksson et al., 2012); “Species Identity Cues: Possibilities for Errors During Vibrational Communication on Plant Stems” (with M. de Groot et al., 2011).”

03 PM | 24 Feb

GIRRL girrlsound:: digitalgirrl – CALL OUT-SoundAffects #girrlsound #geekgirl


GIRRL girrlsound:: digitalgirrl This is an international call out for sound-work, digital and sonic recordings, performances, and installation type works, by women, that deal in some way with the extra or surplus quality of sound. Work will be exhibited/performed/presented at Queensland University of Technology, in Brisbane on Friday 27th April.

SoundAffects intends to bring together a plurality of approaches that engage with sound as both mediated and unmediated experience. The event/performance/exhibition primarily addresses what sound is when it presents itself as sonic art. In order to push the boundary of interdisciplinary sound studies into new areas, we encourage contributions from all approaches and disciplines. As the event is sonic and an interdisciplinary approach to sound for and by GIRRLS


Please send your proposals and a short bio (200 words) to the address below. Please include the title, duration of work and your contact info. You may send your files showing your work by email, drop box or snail mail to the address below and/or you may include links to examples of your work. Digital projection and sound file playability are available. Proposals can be submitted to girrl (at) gmail(dot) com no later than April 10th 2012 Or posted to                                                             GIRRLSOUND- SoundAffects                   C/o Donna Hewitt QUT Room KG OB410                                       Cnr Musk and Victoria Park Rd Kelvin Grove QLD Australia 4059

Part of GIRRL’s 2012 Events  http://www.girrl-girrlsound-digitalgirrl.org/