AES Historical Committee Report 2004-04-07

AES Historical Committee Preliminary Report
for the Board of Governors Meeting at the
116th Convention, Berlin, 2004-05-10

The presently active AES Historical Committee projects [as numbered in our Guidelines] are as follows:

5 [Organize and maintain an archive relating to the history of the Audio Engineering Society itself.]

  • We still need a volunteer in the New York City area to help project-leader Roger Furness with organizing and cataloging the history of the AES itself.

8 [Encourage each Local Section and each Convention Committee to organize an appropriate session on the history of audio  engineering, or a display on an appropriate historical subject. When requested, provide information to help them to do so.]

  •  AES HC members under the leadership of David Baker organized and presented a very successful  historical exhibit for the 115th Convention in New York. Our website has the plan  and the program of events..
  • The Historical Committee is presenting a Historical Exhibit at this (Berlin) Convention, organized by Ernst Voelker. The AES website has the plan and the HC website has the program of events , including an Historical Tour to the Babelsberg Studios.
  • There will be an open meeting of the Historical Committee in the Historical Room, on Monday, 2004 May 10 from 12:30 to 14:00, finishing in time for those who wish to jouin the Historical Tour. You are all invited to attend the exhibits, the meeting, and the tour.
  • We are in the preliminary planning stage for an Historical Exhibit for the 117th Convention, San Francisco, 2004 October. Bill Wray of Dolby Labs is the project leader, and he is working with the Convention Committee.
9 [Create and operate two AES HC email reflectors: a Steering Committee Reflector for discussions of purely administrative matters of the Committee; and a general Historical Reflector for discussions of actual historical matters.]
  • Join our reflector. The email reflector continues on the "" server, with thanks to David Josephson.
10 [Create an AES HC web site on which to publish the information compiled in the following sections.] 11 [Create a directory of museums, libraries, archives, and private collections that contain historic audio equipment or documents about the history of audio engineering.]
  • The project leader,  Myles Cochran Davis, has reviewed and annotated the links on our website. The URLs  will be available before May 1. He will be contacting the museums in order to establish better coordination with the AES HC.
13 [Record oral histories (sound only, sound with video, and/or sound with still photographs) of important figures in the  history of audio engineering.]
  • The project continues with more new interviews.
  • We continue to solicit your suggestions both for interviewers and for further interviewees, especially for countries outside of the US.
Jay McKnight, Chair
AES Historical Committee

Report written on  2004-04-07

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