AES Conventions and Conferences

AES 106th Convention, Munich, Germany 1999 May 8-11


DVD Audio
Sunday, May 9, 10:30-11:30 h, Room K4
What DVD-Audio Brings into the Audio World
Chair: Bike H. Suzuki, JVC, Chairman of DVD
Forum Audio Working Group WG4.

Version 1.0 of the DVD-Audio Specifications will have been published and distributed by this time. Members of the DVD-Forum Audio Working Group WG-4 will be glad to talk about value-added multi-media capabilities as well as the technical features of the DVD-Audio. Whether a new audio format succeeds or not depends largely on music software and production infra-structure to go along with the format. What the music industry expects of the new audio format DVD-Audio and how the authoring tools are able cope with DVD-Audio were also discussed.

Super Audio CD
Sunday, May 9, 12:00-13:00 h, Room K4
The Making of Super Audio CD
Chair: David Walstra, Sony International Europe

Direct Stream Digital (DSD) is becoming recognized as the closest digital representation of the original signal. Its principal features were explained. Recording professionals will discuss their experiences of recording in DSD for the production of SACD. In addition, the key aspects of the SACD preproduction were outlined.

Symphony Concert
Friday, May 7, 20:00 h, Philharmonie am Gasteig
The Symphonie Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks was one of the most prestigious in the world. It was founded 50 years ago by Eugen Jochum, and later enjoyed the patronage of chief conductors Rafael Kubelik and Colin Davis for many years. In 1993 Lorin Maazel took over the artistic leadership and since that time has led the orchestra to internationally renowned success.

For the concert on Friday the Symphony Orchestra and its conductor Lorin Maazel proformed works by Richard Strauss: Aus Italien, opus 16, and Eine Alpen-sinfonie, opus 64.

Bavarian Evening at the Nockherberg
Saturday, May 8, 20:00 h

For the Bavarian Evening, the official social evening event of this convention, the committee has organized a real Bavarian treat: AES Convention visitors met at the Paulanerkeller at the Nockherberg on this (hopefully) balmy spring evening!

At this very traditional Bavarian locality the first official Salvator-Starkbier-barrel of the season is tapped every year in early March. This symbolizes the start of Lent, the Christian fasting period, and historically provides a platform for the Munich locals to cheer (and also to sneer at) the political matadors of the area. For AES visitors Munich beer and typical specialities from the Bavarian cuisine were offered next to a unique musical surprise.

The Planetarium and the IMAX Cinema
Sunday, May 9, Forum der Technik, Deutsches Museum
19:30 h: Technical Presentation at the Planetarium
21:00 h: 3-D-Movie �Into the Deep� at the IMAX
On Sunday evening, a special visit to the world-famous technical museum, the Forum der Technik at the Deutsches Museum M�nchen, was arranged. At 19:30 h, a multi-media show theatre with a sky projection dome called Planetarium was viewed. Video projection, slide projection, laser-projection and computer/laser-animation was demonstrated and explained. Six Sony video projectors, 80 slide projectors (Allsky), four 3-D-laser projectors with fog machines and a digital 6-channel-surround-sound-system (amplifiers with 12 kW power) were used to catapult you into the atmosphere of every virtual room you wish, including laser-kaleidoscope and computer-graphics. Among other films,�The History of Telecommunication,� a multi-media time voyage in �LaserMagic� and �Peter And the Wolf,� op. 67, by Serge Prokofieff (multi-media-show) with Loriot as narrator will be shown.

At 21:00 h, a special visit to the IMAX Cinema followed. The IMAX Large Motion Picture Theatre presented the 3-D-movie �Into the Deep � Tiefen der Meere� for AES-Convention-Visitors only. This IMAX has an especially large screen of 16 x 22 m. The special 70 mm IMAX films are projected in an oblong format to cover the necessary screen area. A digital 6- channel-surround-sound system with 17 kW provides the sound reproduction.

Participants came to these events on Sunday evening and witnessed the breathtaking pictures on the sky dome and the depths of the pacific ocean.

Organ Recital
Monday, May 10, 20:30 h,
Benediktinerabtei St. Bonifaz, Karlstra�e 34
20.00 h last bus departure from the MOC

Graham Blyth performed a recital on the Organ of St. Bonifaz. The Organ was built by M�hleisen in 1976/ 77. The monastery of St. Bonifaz was built 1835- 48 according to the plans of G. F. Ziebland in the style of early Christian-Italian churches � round arch and southern entrance hall.

Nearly totally destroyed in 1944/45 it was rebuilt in 1949; the contemporary interior was redone in 1993. The east wing houses the sarcophagus of King Ludwig the First of Bavaria.

Mr. Blyth is technical director of Soundcraft, and also a renowed organist. He holds diplomas in Organ Performance from the Royal College of Music. As a long standing tradition he has held organ recitals for AES visitors at various AES Conventions in the past.

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