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Bill Foster

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Audio Fields:

  • Recording Industry - Mastering Studio
  • Technology consultant

Job Duty:

  • Consultant

About

I have worked in and around the audio recording industry as a mastering engineer, studio owner and consultant since the mid-1960s.
I've been an AES member for 30+ years and during the early era of digital audio was active in AES Standards and a regular participant in AES convention workshops. I served two terms on the British Section Executive Committee, first in the 1990s and more recently from 2007 to 2012, including Section Chair in 2011. In 2012 I was elected VP Northern Europe and served the maximum four years in that role.
A VP is entitled to be a member of all AES Standing Committees and I contributed actively to the majority of them. In 2015 I was invited by then-President Andres Mayo to chair the newly-formed Financial Planning Committee (FPC), charged with examining the AES's finances in detail and recommending ways to reverse the progressive losses which have seen the society's cash reserves depleted substantially in recent years.
Through my FPC role, I have been closely involved with the finances of the 140th Convention in Paris. This enabled me to make a detailed analysis of convention costs and assist the 141st (L.A.) Convention Treasurer with the creation of a new, more robust budgeting system for future conventions and conferences. In Fall 2016 I was appointed Co-Chair of the Convention Policy Committee (CvPC), which will play a key role in shaping the future direction of AES Conventions in both the US and Europe.

Employment History

RG Jones Studios, south London - general dogsbody (known today as an 'intern'); Pye Studios - 'tape op' and then disc cutting/mastering engineer, working with The Kinks, Small Faces and visiting US artists such as Sammy Davis Jnr; CBS Studios - disc cutting engineer working for UK acts such as The Faces, and also the CBS Masterworks classical label with maestros like Leonard Bernstein and Pierre Boulez; Founded Tape One Studios in 1975. Clients included most of the major UK labels and ground-breaking indies including Stiff, Mute and Factory. Mastered the triple-platinum Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds; Lots of varied stuff since then. Buy me a beer at an AES convention and I'll tell you my life story! Actually, it might take a few drinks :-)

Related Experience

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Why Am I An AES Member?

"Happy to be a part of the industry of human happiness." (Andrew Oldham's Immediate Records' motto from the 1960s - no one has said it better since.)


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