A message from AES President Agnieszka Roginska
Dear Student Members:
I hope this message finds you safe and healthy wherever you are in the world.
The unprecedented nature of 2020, which not only forced our European Convention in May to be virtual but our US Convention this October as well, has made it impossible to hold Student Delegate Assembly Officer elections as we normally would at this time of the year. Our SDA election process relies heavily on the in-person nature of conventions, to allow prospective Officers to make their case during the SDA sessions for why they should be elected. We believe it simply is not a process that should be conducted virtually in fairness to everyone involved.
In light of that development, Alex Dempsey and Hannah Gallop have agreed to remain on the SDA for another year. We are truly grateful for their commitment to AES and the SDA.
It is very hard to say exactly what 2021 will hold. As plans come together for the events that will be permitted to take place next year, we will keep you up-to-date on SDA elections and activities.
Wishing you good health until we meet again,
Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020
AES Show Fall 2020 Convention Partner Showcase Set for October 19 - 23
The AES Show Fall 2020 Convention Partner Showcase will take place October 19 - 23. Engage with our AES Showcase Partners, ask about the latest products, updates and solutions. Take part in one of our online events or the Showcase Education Sessions. Get involved with one of our themed & partner Zoom Rooms - talk to real people!
The AES Showcase is available for browsing now. Live Chats, Demonstrations and downloads will take place October 19 – 23. Special thanks to AES Show Fall 2020 Convention Platinum Partners the Recording Academy P&E Wing, Amazon Devices, Genelec, Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, NTP DAD
Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020
AES Show Student Week education and career events will take place October 19 — 23
— New virtual format allows for a broader range of students and educators to connect in innovative ways during dedicated Student Week events —
Working in a new virtual environment to educate and promote advances in audio science and technology, the Audio Engineering Society invites students and educators to attend the AES Show Student Week, being held October 19 – 23 as part of its Audio Engineering Month events. Once again, the AES Show will place a high priority on the education and enlightenment of tomorrow’s audio professionals, offering a slate of activities designed to connect audio students and educators in meaningful and lasting ways. Events will include exclusive Technical Program content, meetings and events hosted by the AES Student Delegate Assembly (SDA), a virtual Education and Career Fair, student competitions, student project critiques and more. AES Show Fall 2020 Convention All Access registration is just $99 for AES Student Members for the full access to AES Show and Audio Engineering Month events. AES Show Student Week Partners are Audio-Technica, Genelec, IK Multimedia, and the Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing.
Several highlights of AES Show Student Week include the Student Recording Competitions in six categories (Traditional Acoustic Recording, Traditional Studio Recording, Modern Studio Recording & Electronic Music, Sound for Visual Media, Remix, and Immersive Audio); the Saul Walker Student Design Competition sponsored by API (gear and software); and the MathWorks-sponsored MATLAB Plugin Competition, where students use MathWorks MATLAB software to create a VST plugin effect that meets an audio production need by offering content creators new technical and/or aesthetic possibilities or addresses existing technical and/or aesthetic limitations. Student competition projects are critiqued and judged by a host of industry professionals, offering a great learning opportunity for participants and observers. Livestreamed Student Mix Critique sessions will provide non-competitive professional input and advice for students at all stages of training. In addition, the AES Student Delegate Assembly (SDA) will host several organizational and planning sessions. Open to all, the Education and Career Fair will feature educational offerings and job opportunities from leading institutions and companies from around the world. All Access registration also lets students attend all AES Show Technical Program sessions, Keynote addresses, Papers, Engineering Briefs, TechTours and other content, along with live- and on-demand presentations from AES Show partners.
Education Committee co-chair John Krivit notes that as a benefit of the Convention going online, with no travel required, students from all over the world are taking part in the various competitions and critique sessions. “When we first took these sessions virtual for AES Virtual Vienna, we had more students than ever enter the competitions and take part in the Critiques. Now, with Student Week as part of Audio Engineering Month, all AES Show Fall 2020 Convention All Access registrants can check out these compelling events without missing any of the Convention’s Technical Program – come join us!”
Visit AESShow.com to find out more about additional AES Show Student Week sessions, Special Events, our Partner Showcase, and much more happening during Audio Engineering Month. Showcase registration is free for AES Members, while non-members can register for just $25, or for free with a VIP promo code from one of the AES Show Partners. For everything AES Show 2020 has to offer, including the comprehensive Technical Program, All Access Registration starts at just $149 for AES Members and $99 for AES Student Members.
Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Aurotorium, Galaxy Studios
— This year’s all-virtual format affords opportunities to break the usual physical limitations of AES TechTours events – sponsored by AES Show Partner Amazon Devices – to encompass famous studios from around the globe —
The AES Show Fall 2020 Convention is set to take attendees beyond the normal boundaries and limits of the usual local onsite events with the latest series of AES Convention TechTours, dubbed “7 Audio Wonders of the World,” sponsored by AES Show Partner Amazon Devices. Curated by AES Show Fall 2020 TechTours Chair John Krivit, this year’s TechTours will offer a series of exclusive virtual walking tours of top facilities across the globe, including the inaugural tour of Skywalker Sound with GRAMMY®-winning producer/engineer Leslie Ann Jones, Director of Music Recording and Scoring, Skywalker Sound. This first edition of “7 Audio Wonders of the World,” to debut Thursday, October 8 at 12:00pm EDT, and the two subsequent tours, are free to all AES Show attendees, with premium All Access registration required for the final four tours.
Traditionally, AES Show TechTours have offered a behind-the-scenes look at top recording studios and production facilities within the show’s local reach, with a limited number of spots available for attendee participation. This year’s new online-only format allows for maximum opportunity to see facilities beyond the normal logistical scope with these seven tours spread across the four weeks of Audio Engineering Month and available On-Demand after initial airing. Scheduled “7 Audio Wonders of the World” TechTours include:
Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (October 8)
With origins based in Ben Burtt’s landmark work on 1977’s Star Wars, Skywalker Sound specializes in sound design, mixing, and audio post-production across multiple mediums. From the gathering of real-life, organic sounds to developing new techniques in sound presentation, Skywalker Sound remains one of the world’s most innovative facilities – eager to explore, create, and venture into the unknown.
Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium (October 15)
The Galaxy Studios Group is a cluster of companies dedicated to the fine arts of film, music and sound technology. Galaxy Studios is situated in Belgium and for more than 35 years the no-compromise studio complex has been a world-class beacon of advanced technology for sound recording and film post-production.
The Village Studios, Los Angeles, CA (October 22)
A full-service recording, mixing and live performance complex housed in a vintage 1920’s Masonic Temple in West L.A., the Village Studios is famous for landmark sessions by music’s legends across six decades. The Village is where “vintage gear heaven” meets state-of-the-art technology, accommodating orchestras, film scores, rock bands, hip-hop & pop artists – all the way down to single-mic recordings such as voiceovers, audio books and podcasts.
Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN (October 27)
Founded in 2002 by sound engineer John McBride and his wife, country artist Martina McBride, Blackbird has become one of Nashville's preeminent sound studios. The Blackbird complex now includes nine studios and houses The Blackbird Academy, a post-secondary audio engineering school. Driven by a passion for great audio, Blackbird boasts an attentive, professional staff and a gear inventory second to none.
Abbey Road Studios, London, UK (October 29)
Abbey Road Studios is one of the most famous recording studios in the world and a global music icon (a band named the Beatles had something to do with building that reputation). Originally a nine-bedroom house built in 1829, it was purchased in 1928 by the Gramophone Company, who went on to build the world’s first purpose-built recording studio. The St John’s Wood address was chosen for its large garden and ideal location – close enough to the performance spaces of the time, but away from the noise and vibrations of the traffic and trains.
United Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA (October 29)
Bill Putnam opened United Recording Studios in 1957, and it quickly became one of the most legendary recording facilities in the world. With his uncompromising standards, technical brilliance and unparalleled knowledge of acoustics, Putnam built studios that sound like no other. Located on Sunset Boulevard, these magnificent studios have attracted the biggest names in recording history.
Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, CA (October 30)
Since its completion in 1956, Capitol Studios has been a staple of the recording industry. Iconic artists like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and The Beach Boys first made musical history in its rooms, and to this day, major icons of popular music continue in their wake. Capitol Studios was recently fully refurbished to ensure that it remained a cutting edge, state-of-the-art facility where artisan craft can continue to thrive as it has for the past 60 years.
Further information and complete schedule available at aesshow.com/aes-show-techtours.
Visit AESShow.com to find out more about the “7 Audio Wonders of the World” TechTours events, our Partner and Exhibitor Showcase, the AES Show Technical Program, and the entire Audio Engineering Month slate of AES Show Fall 2020 Convention activities spanning the month of October. Free AES Show 2020 Showcase registration is open to all AES Members, or with a VIP promo code from one of the AES Show Partners. All Access Registration is just $149 for AES Members ($99 for AES Student Members) and $274 for non-members – the latter including one year of AES membership and benefits.
Posted: Tuesday, October 6, 2020
GRAMMY®-winning artist, producer and engineer FINNEAS will give the AES Show Fall Convention 2020 Keynote speech on Thursday, October 29, at 4:00pm EDT.
— FINNEAS will share his thoughts on recording, engineering and producing hits for Billie Eilish, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Camila Cabello, Ben Platt and more. An AES Show 2020 Special Event with an AES exclusive live Q&A —
The AES Show will host six-time GRAMMY® Award-winner FINNEAS as he delivers a featured virtual keynote address, providing the worldwide gathering of attendees insights into his creative process and workflow. Followed by an exclusive live Q&A, the event will take place on Thursday, October 29, at 4:00pm EDT. FINNEAS has had an award-winning year of hit productions, including GRAMMY® Awards for “Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical,” “Record of the Year,” “Album of the Year,” and “Song of the Year” for his collaborations with Billie Eilish, along with the honor of being the youngest person to win the GRAMMY® Award for “Producer of the Year, Non Classical.” Since his musical debut in 2016, he has penned and produced hits for many high-profile artists including Selena Gomez, Halsey, Camila Cabello, Tove Lo, Ben Platt, Julia Michaels, and more, and has emerged as a chart-topping producer/engineer as well as a solo artist.
FINNEAS also co-produced (with Stephen Lipson) and co-wrote the official theme song and title track for the upcoming James Bond film, No Time To Die, alongside Billie Eilish, who co-wrote and performed the track. Additionally, the track features orchestral arrangements by Hans Zimmer and Matt Dunkley, Johnny Marr on guitar and FINNEAS on bass, percussion, piano, synthesizer and drum programming. As a solo artist, FINNEAS’s “Let’s Fall In Love For The Night,” has received critical acclaim from journalists and fans alike, garnering 500M global streams, 100M video views and a sold out 2019 headlining tour.
Visit AESShow.com for find out more about this Special Event, our Partner and Exhibitor Showcase, and the entire Audio Engineering Month slate of AES Show Fall 2020 Convention activities spanning all of October. Free AES Show 2020 Showcase registration is open to all AES Members, or with a VIP promo code from one of the AES Show partners. All Access Registration is just $149 for AES Members ($99 for AES Student Members) and $274 for non-members – the latter including one year of AES membership and benefits.
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Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2020
Take Part in the Stanford University's Music Engagement Research Initiative (MERI) Study on Music Collaboration During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Stanford University’s Music Engagement Research Initiative (MERI) is conducting a study on music collaboration during the Covid-19 pandemic. If you are a music creator (performer, songwriter, composer, arranger, producer, or engineer), are 18 years of age or older, and are fluent in English, you may be eligible to participate.
In this study, we will ask you to fill out a survey, which should take between 30 minutes and an hour. This survey will ask about the following topics:
If you are willing, you may also be asked to take part in a recorded video interview, which will cover the same topics as in the survey. The interview will take around an hour.
If you want, you can enter a raffle for one of 50 Amazon gift cards of $10 each. This raffle will be conducted by the research team in Palo Alto, California, 3 days after the survey is closed. Participation in the study is not required to participate in the raffle. You can enter the raffle if you do not start or complete the study task. Your chance of winning a prize is about 1 in 50, and the winners will be notified by email immediately and provided with information on how to receive the prize.
If you’d like to participate, you can find the survey at this link: https://stanforduniversity.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5bwLqwXA6aEjPsV. If you have any questions, please email Noah Fram at email@example.com.
Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
John Chowning, FM Synthesis pioneer, researcher and composer, will deliver the AES Show 2020 Heyser Lecture "Realizing a Dream, a Discovery, and Lissajous Figures" on Tuesday, October 27, at 1PM EDT during the AES Show Fall 2020 Convention
— Chowning will detail sound spatialization and synthesis innovations from his 50-plus years of research and development in the industry —
Each AES Convention brings together a worldwide collective of the greatest minds, technologies, and innovations in audio engineering and related fields. The Audio Engineering Society has announced that FM synthesis pioneer John Chowning will deliver the Heyser Memorial Lecture “Realizing a Dream, a Discovery, and Lissajous Figures” at the AES Show Fall 2020 Convention, expounding on his 50-plus years of research on audio spatialization techniques and applications, as well as his inspirations and favorite discoveries over his career. This AES Show Special Event will take place on Tuesday, October 27, at 1:00pm EDT.
Following critical breakthroughs in sound localization and spatialization, inspiration from composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Kontakte, and the acoustic and perceptual research of Jean-Claude Risset, Chowning went on to discover the FM synthesis algorithm in 1967. The following year he went on to program the first generalized surround sound localization algorithm, which he further developed while at Stanford University, where Chowning taught computer-sound synthesis and composition at the University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) from 1964 until 1996. Stanford patented and licensed the algorithm to Yamaha in 1973, where it became the most successful synthesis engine in the history of electroacoustic instruments, being used the Yamaha DX-7 and other widely popular instruments and processors. Since his retirement, Chowning has continued his research related to his own musical compositions.
“While studying music in Paris in 1959,” Chowning shares in the abstract of his talk, “I heard electronic music composed for four loudspeakers surrounding the audience — what today we refer to as ‘quad.’ One of the compositions I heard or heard about was Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Kontakte, in which he created sounds that moved around the audience. He fixed four microphones at the corners of a square table with his electronic sounds emitting from a rotating loudspeaker at the table’s center to produce this effect. Struck by the feeling of space in this quad format, I imagined composing sounds that could move freely in more complicated paths, changing in azimuth and distance as an addition to the traditional parameters of music – pitch, loudness, and timbre.”
Creating music for playback on loudspeakers became a fascination for Chowning. With further inspiration from a paper from Science, “The Digital Computer as a Musical Instrument” by Max Mathews, and the realization of spectrally complex stereo imaging on LP phonograph recordings in 1964, Chowning dove into computer-based sound creation with a goal of developing music in a quadraphonic sound space. Though he’d never seen a computer and had no background in technology, Chowning dove into a decades-long journey into spatial sound synthesis. His talk will follow his progression of discovery, including the role of reverb in the process. He will conclude by answering the question: “Why do Lissajous figures (named after the 19th century French physicist) have anything to do with moving sound sources?” through sharing what he says are “convincing sound synchronous animations that demonstrate their [Lissajous figures] improbable association with spatialization.”
Visit AESShow.com to find out more about Special Events, the AES Show Fall 2020 Convention Technical Program, our Partner Showcase, and much more happening during Audio Engineering Month. Free AES Show 2020 Showcase registration is open to all who register before October 1. Showcase registration will remain free for AES Members, while non-members can register for just $25, or for free with a VIP promo code from one of the AES Show Partners. For everything AES Show 2020 has to offer, including the comprehensive Technical Program, All Access Registration starts at just $149.
Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Broadcast and Online Delivery Track events to be featured during the AES Show Fall Convention 2020
— The perennially popular Broadcast and Online Delivery Track once again brings the latest technologies and applications into focus including the latest in media networking, virtual online delivery systems and microphone disinfection, while celebrating the rich history of the industry and its impact in broadcasting’s 100th year —
With the recent, vast increase in online and broadcast delivery of a near limitless array of information, entertainment, and social information, the AES Show Fall 2020 Convention’s Broadcast and Online Delivery Track will examine key technologies and applications while taking a look back at broadcast history and a look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.
Of utmost importance in professional broadcast applications is the embrace of current and emerging productivity-enhancing standards and developing a working knowledge of their inner workings for the best possible performance and interoperability within the global broadcast realm. The session “Practical Tips for Using Digital Audio in a 2110 Facility” will offer in-depth expertise on IP Architecture and the SMPTE ST 2110 media networking protocol, of which the Audio Engineering Society’s AES3 and AES67 standards are key components, as well as related technologies and workflows. In this featured Broadcast and Online Delivery Track event, moderator Andy Butler (PBS) will host Wesley D. Simpson (Telecom Product Consulting), Robert Welch (Technical Solutions Lead, Arista Networks) and Peter Wharton (Principal Consultant, Happy Robotz, Inc.) to share their tips for media networking success and respond to your toughest questions in the follow-up Q&A.
Track sessions of historical importance include “Pass the Mic,” which will celebrate this year’s 100th anniversary of radio broadcasting and its innovations with host John Holt, and “A Century of Radio: What You May Not Know About the History of Broadcasting,” in which presenters Donna Halper (Associate Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Lesley University, Cambridge MA) and Barry Mishkind (Editor/Publisher of the Broadcasters’ Desktop Resource) will share surprising facts about broadcast history and dispel some of the myths perpetuated throughout the industry.
Microphone hygiene and podcast production are timely topics to be closely examined in the presentations: “Stay Safe: Disinfecting Microphones in the time of Covid-19” with presenter David Prentice and “Podcasts: Telling Stories with Sound” with Rob Byers of American Public Media. Byers will host panelists from Revel: sound designer/composers Jim Briggs and Fernando Arruda, as well as podcast series reporter/producers Laura Starecheski and Ike Sriskandarajah. In addition, two compelling virtual tours will be conducted in the sessions “A Virtual Tour and Discussion: BBC Broadcasting House Studio” led by Jamie Laundon and “A Virtual Tour and Discussion: BBC Wales - Cardiff Central Square IP-based Broadcast Facility” with Adrian Wisbey.
“Even though we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of broadcasting, everything is new,” states AES Show Broadcast and Online Delivery Track chair David Bialik, now in his 36th year of capably curating the Convention’s perennially popular Broadcast Track and events. “The pandemic has added new parameters to getting broadcasts out. With all information out there on the ST-2110 media networking standard being adopted by broadcasters, I find it amazing that there’s so much for so many to learn. The AES Show 2020 Broadcast and Online Delivery Track will explore today’s critical issues, visit showcase facilities and recall the history of how we got to where we are through a deep and diverse list of sessions that promise to educate and fascinate.”
Visit AESShow.com to find out more about additional Broadcast and Online Delivery Track sessions, Special Events, our Partner Showcase, and much more happening during Audio Engineering Month. Free AES Show 2020 Showcase registration is open to all who register before October 1. Showcase registration will remain free for AES Members, while non-members can register for just $25, or for free with a VIP promo code from one of the AES Show Partners. For everything AES Show 2020 has to offer, including the comprehensive Technical Program, All Access Registration starts at just $149.
Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020
Brecht De Man will assume the role of AES Director beginning January 1, 2021.
The Audio Engineering Society’s Board of Governors (BoG) has elected Brecht De Man to assume the role of AES Director beginning January 1, 2021. Currently serving as a Governor of the AES, De Man has held various roles within the Society and continues to work as a sound engineer, educator, and member of the AES Education Committee. De Man will replace Alex Case (Past President and Membership Committee Chair) as one of two BoG-elected Directors and will serve on the Board of Directors through December 31, 2022.
AES President Agnieszka Roginska stated “Dr. Brecht De Man's contributions to AES leadership on the Board of Governors and within its committees have been noteworthy and appreciated, evidenced by his election as Director by the Board of Governors. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we welcome Brecht and look forward to working even closer with him! Brecht is taking over the position on the Board of Directors held by Prof. Alex Case, whose term is coming to an end. We are truly grateful to Prof. Case for his leadership, wisdom, and humor.”
“The AES has been a huge part of my audio life, from student to professional,” states De Man. “My involvement at the section level through to my current position as an AES Governor has been a way to give back to the organization that has given me so much. I am honored to have been elected by the Board of Governors as a Director. I look forward to helping ensure the Society's viability going into the post-pandemic future and to aid in refining and expanding its service to our diverse membership.”
De Man holds a PhD in Audio Engineering from Queen Mary University of London's Centre for Digital Music (supported in part by the AES Educational Foundation), and an MSc and BSc in Electronic Engineering from the University of Ghent, Belgium. He has published, presented and patented research on the perception of recording and mixing engineering, intelligent audio effects, and the analysis of music production practices at AES conventions and conferences, as well as the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society. De Man first took an active role in the AES as Chair of the then-dormant London UK Student Section, helping its membership to increase tenfold. He also (vice) chaired several editions of the flagship student event 'Up Your Output!' and was Student Representative on the British Section's Executive Committee. As elected Chair of the AES Student Delegate Assembly (SDA) he organized the student track at four conventions and represented the 4,000+ AES Student Members across the globe. Since concluding his term, he has been Vice Chair of the AES Education Committee, overseeing the SDA and introducing a system of institutional memory, a remix competition, and a MATLAB plugin design competition. Most recently, he was instrumental in the revival of the Belgian Section as Chair. De Man also sits on a number of Technical Committees and has organized and participated in several AES convention workshops, as well as continuing his work for the company which he founded, Semantic Audio Labs.
Find out more about the current AES officers and committees at aes.org/about/leadership.
Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2020
The Audio Product Education Institute will host product development sessions across three days of the AES Show Fall 2020 Convention's Audio Engineering Month in October.
The newly formed Audio Product Education Institute (APEI), an initiative of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), will host a three-day Product Development Symposium as part of the online events of AES Show Fall 2020. Moving the AES Show online has unbound time and place restrictions, allowing the expansion across all of October, now dubbed Audio Engineering Month. This has further made it possible for the traditional Convention Product Development Track to expand into a full AES Symposium format prior to the Convention’s Technical Program. The sessions are scheduled for October 14, 15 and 16. All Access registration for AES Show Fall 2020 is required to attend the Product Development Symposium, available now at AESShow.com.
Across the three days, multiple sessions will expand from the AES Product Development Track, as the Audio Product Education Institute will promote and illuminate the methodologies, practices and technologies involved in developing and bringing audio products to market, spanning the APEI’s six educational pillars: Interactive Voice and DSP; Supply Chain and Sourcing; Modeling and Measurement; Product Management; Automotive Audio; and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
The Symposium’s sessions will be chaired and presented by experienced audio product professionals who are experts in each field, and are recommended for those seeking to increase their skills and understanding of what it takes to launch successful audio products. Acoustics, electronics, DSP, software engineering, and product and marketing management will all be addressed through a real-world perspective. A detailed schedule will be available on the APEI and AESShow.com websites soon.
APEI will be offering sponsorship opportunities that provide access to a large audience of product development professionals. There are multiple media and content inclusions in the program available based on the sponsorship level. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
APEI is continuously looking for presenters for future events. If you would like to participate, please contact email@example.com to learn more. For more information, please visit audioproducteducationinstitute.org.
Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2020