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President's Message

Frank Wells, President

Frank Wells, President

2013 July/August, Vol 61 No. 7/8

Dear fellow Audio Engineering Society members, the AES was founded in 1948; this fall begins the AES’ celebration of 65 years of dedication to advancing, sharing, and disseminating knowledge about the science of sound and the practice of the audio arts. Individuals passionate about sound founded the Society. Today, like-minded individuals make up the international membership of the AES.

While the AES has a small, hard-working, and dedicated staff, the staff is small in number. The membership is the backbone of the Society. It is rather obvious that a membership organization without sufficient membership would soon cease to exist. But AES relies not only on the existence of our membership, but upon the membership’s involvement, their dedication, their generous commitment of time and prodigious effort.

From international to local section leadership, the members of our Society keep it running, providing direction and goals. At our twice-annual conventions, for the topic specific International Conference series, and other regional events, volunteers organize every aspect of the technical program content. On the local level and in the numerous student sections at educational institutions worldwide, local officers and steering committees do the same. Our membership appreciates the value of both sharing what they’ve learned and of learning what others have to share.

This is why I am an AES member and why I became involved. The sharing of knowledge, the forum of ideas, the opportunity to interface and have dialog with my peers, to meet and learn from the best minds in the industry, to share with other minds thirsty for whatever information and guidance I can help provide (and I inevitably learn myself from that process)—these are the reasons I stay involved.

From my experience within the Society, these motivations are pervasive. The AES membership, as a rule, is made up of audio practitioners who wish to perfect their craft, to maximize their contribution to the audio arts, be it making a better recording, capturing live events, delivering amplified sound to satisfy audiences of a dozen or of tens of thousands, delivering information and entertainment through the airwaves and via physical media (or more increasingly, through ether-propagated streams of data), and by building better tools to accomplish these tasks. The audio arts are most typically a chosen profession, not a choice based on dreams of glory or monetary reward, but based on an innate appetite for sound and sound-related technology. From game sound to devices for the hearing impaired, from automotive electronics to cell phones, from the acoustics of spaces to devices to modify or emulate such spaces—the interests and foci of AES members covers the full spectrum of audio applications and disciplines. The Society is as unique as its membership, embracing that full breadth of audio. The Society is only as strong as the contributions and participation of its membership. On that basis, we are strong indeed. As a member of the professional audio community and a member of the AES, I appreciate each of our members and their contributions. Our membership has produced a 65-year legacy of which we can be proud, and will be the foundation for our continued success.

Frank Wells
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