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Leslie Gaston

Leslie Gaston

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Audio Fields:

  • Educational Institutions - Educator
  • Recording Industry - Music Recording/Mix Studio
  • Recording Industry - Home/Project Studio
  • Recording Industry - Location Sound Recording
  • Broadcasting - Studio
  • Broadcasting - On-location
  • Live Sound - Concert Sound
  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Measurement and Instrumentation

Job Duties:

  • Educator
  • Mixer
  • Musician/Talent
  • Production Sound Mixer/Sound Recordist
  • Recording Engineer
  • Re-Recording Mixer
  • Researcher
  • Sound Supervisor

About

Leslie Gaston-Bird is an Associate Professor of Recording Arts at the University of Colorado Denver. From 2013-2015 she served as Chair of the Department of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies. She is currently leading a group of recording arts students in a study abroad course in Berlin (May 18 - June 2). Last year she led a group in England which you can read about at http://meisuk.blogspot.co.uk/.

Professor Gaston-Bird has done research into audio for planetariums, multichannel audio on Blu-Ray, and a comparison of multichannel codecs that was published in the AES Journal (Gaston, L. and Sanders, R. (2008) Evaluation of HE-AAC, AC-3, and E-AC-3 Codecs. Journal of the Audio Engineering Society of America, 56(3)).

She frequently presents at AES conferences, including:

Gaston, L. et al (2014) Case study: University Recording Arts Program seeks to Educate, Engage and Recruit High School Students. Convention Paper TBA. 137th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society. Los Angeles.

Gaston, L. et al. (2010) The Influence of Individual Audio Impairments on Perceived Video Quality. Convention Paper 8151. 128th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society. London.

Gaston, L et al. (2008) Methods for Sharing Stereo and Multichannel Audio among Planetariums. Convention Paper 7474. 124th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society. Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Gaston, L. and Sanders, R. (2007) Evaluation of HE-AAC, AC-3, and E-AC-3 Codecs. Convention Paper 7049. 122nd Convention of the Audio Engineering Society. Vienna, Austria.

Gaston, L. (2006) Tactile Strategies and Resources for Teaching Multichannel Sound Concepts. Convention paper 6689. 120th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society. Paris, France.

Other papers and articles include:

Rodigast, Rene and Gaston, Leslie (2010) The Sound of Space: A Look at the History and Future of Audio in Planetariums. International Planetarium Society Conference 2010. Alexandria, Egypt.

Yu, Ka Chun et al. (2007) Gaia Journeys: A Museum-Based Immersive Performance Exploration of Earth. Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Digital Earth, June 5-9, Berkeley, CA.

Gaston, L. and Sanders, R. (2006) Drei Mehrkanal Codecs im Vergleich. Proceedings of the 24th Verband Deutscher Tonmeister conference. Leipzig, Germany.

Gaston, L. (2014) "Video Vérité". Sound on Sound. London

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations

2014: Participant in University of Colorado Denver "Excellence in Leadership" program.
2011: Fulbright Award for Research and Teaching at the University of York
2000: Edward R. Murrow Award (Large Market Documentary) for "A Columbine Diary" (with Kelly Griffin and Dan Drayer)

Education Background

A.S. Audio Technology, Indiana University
B.A. Telecommunications
M.S. Recording Arts

Employment History

2005-present: University of Colorado Denver
2002-2005 Post Modern Company
1995-2002 Colorado Public Radio
1991-1995 National Public Radio

Related Experience

Several films on IMDB, see http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2989554/

Music recordings including classical, rock, and experimental genres. Clients include the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Gregory Walker, Beth Perry and Chris Doney, Ezmeralda, Greenhaus, and others.

Why Am I An AES Member?

The late Roy Pritts and the late Rich Sanders were mentors of mine who encouraged me to get involved with the AES. Later I held officer positions (secretary and chair) in our Colorado Section. I feel like the AES is a family, I have met many friends and colleagues who share my passion for all things audio.


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