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Music, media arts expert to speak at Drake University


Internationally recognized audio arts expert Peter Otto will explore the roots of human creativity in the age of artificial intelligence in a multimedia presentation at Drake University.

“The Nature of Creativity: An Evening with Sonic Arts Master Peter Otto” will be held at 7 p.m., March 22 in the Sussman Theater of the Olmsted Center, 2875 University Ave. The event, sponsored by the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Slay Fund for Social Justice, is free and open to the public.

Otto’s wide-ranging career has blended art with science and technology. He is an expert in the language and aesthetics of audio design and engineering, and has consulted worldwide with audio and digital media companies. Otto was vice president for innovation at the 3D audio technology startup Dysonics, which was later acquired by Google, where Otto currently works.

Otto’s appearance is part of a series of events at Drake this spring that will explore human inspiration and innovation across disciplines. The final campus visitors will be New Age musician and Zen master Teja Bell at 7 p.m., April 12, in the Cowles Library Reading Room.

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