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AES Historical Exhibit at 114th Convention

AES Historical Exhibit at the 114th Convention
in Amsterdam, 2003-03-22...25


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The HC Booth For the first time we presented our exhibit in a booth on the exhibition floor (photo, left), in order to be more visible to visitors. There were in fact many more visitors than previous years, because everyone goes by the booth, instead of needing to go to a special room.
 

A collection of old time recording equipment, from mechanical music instruments and microphones to cassette recorders (from the Philips Museum in Eindhoven) was exhibited in our display cases. Several old audio fellows were present to answer visitors' questions.

Display case Tape recorder and loudspeaker.

Display case Test instrument and tape recorder.

Philips-Miller System Model Model of a Philips-Miller recording system.

Several interesting presentations were given, as described below. We suggest that, in the future, these presentations be given at scheduled times, so visitors can plan to attend them. Preprints were not available.
 

RECORD CUTTING HISTORY AND DEMOS by Tim de Wolf.

Tim deWolf's presentationDe Wolf is a knowledgeable historian of record cutting techniques. He gave a presentation (photo) of the history of record cutting up till the fifties. After his presentation he gave demonstrations of record cutting on an old transportable cutting machine. There was a high attendance.
 
 

OLD TIME MEASURING EQUIPMENT by Wim van Barneveld
Was planned, but not presented due to family circumstances.
 

CLASSICAL PRODUCERS VIEW ON VINTAGE AUDIO RECORDING by Willem Hellweg.

Hellweg is a producer combining musical talent and knowledge of recording techniques. He gave his view of recording methods used for the classical Philips label between 1960 and 1990. He pointed out the limitations of equipment, and also the possibilities for experimenting. He ended his presentation with the status of quadraphony, and a link to the surround hype of today. (This presentation will be repeated at a NL section meeting in the season 2003/2004.)
 

ANCIENT ELECTRONIC MUSIC by Kees Tazelaar.

In the early days of electronic music development, the project of the specially composed Poème Electronique at the 1958 Brussels World Fair was a major landmark. A presentation outlining this pioneering project of composers Edgard Varèse and Lannis Xenakis in combination with a light show and decorations designed by Le Corbusier and Philippe Agostini, who were also the architects of the Philips Pavilion, will be given by expert Kees Tazelaar. He is in the process of preparing an overview with pictures and music excerpts on CD.
 

HISTORY OF MECHANICAL MUSIC by  Kees Nijssen.

Nijssen at his pianolaPianolas, music boxes, and other music artifacts were the forerunners of recorded music, back in the twenties. Kees Nijssen (photo, at the pianola) an avid collector of these special automated pianos and other mechanical instruments gave an overview of their history. He will be preparing a small booklet with text and pictures of this presentation.
 
 

HISTORICAL OVERVIEW ON STEREOPHONY by Hans Lauterslager, Senior Recording Engineer.

Hans Lauterslager played and discussed a series of musical excerpts from a specially compiled CD. The excerpts illustrate the different recording techniques used in the early days of stereophony and the results obtained. (The CD is not available for public release.)
 

Alex Balster,
Project Leader for the Historical Exhibit at the 114th AES Convention

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