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SPECIAL EVENTS

OPENING & AWARDS CEREMONY
Saturday, February 19, 12:30-13:30 h

The Convention began with the Opening Ceremony, where the AES Awards were presented to the awardees. This ceremony was the opportunity for the Society to honour those who have made significant contributions to the field of audio.

The Keynote Speaker, J�rg Wuttke, Technical Director of Schoeps, spoke on the role of the AES in our world of industrial growth. Mr. Wuttke explained why he believes that the creative part of our business-combining the art of music with the development of technical products- can help us avoid the hazards of an ever-expanding technology.

J�rg WUTTKE was born in Berlin in 1942. He studied electronics and telecommunications at Karlsruhe University, specializing in acoustics, and was teaching assistant to Prof. G�nther Kurtze, the inventor of the shotgun microphone. He joined Schoeps GmbH as a research engineer in 1970, became its Chief Engineer in 1972, and is now its Technical Director.

Mr. Wuttke has been an active member of the Audio Engineering Society for many years, including publishing in the AES Journal and presenting papers and chairing workshops at conventions. In 1993 he was awarded an AES Fellowship. Since 1972, he has been a member of the DIN Standards Committee on Microphones and Headphones. He maintains an avid interest in listening to music and recording live concerts.

AES BANQUET
Sunday, February 20, 20:00 h

An informal Convention Banquet took place on the evening of Sunday 20 at the Aero-Club de France. This was an excellent opportunity for attendees to meet with their friends in the warm atmosphere of the audio community.

ORGAN CONCERT At THE MADELEINE CHURCH
Monday, February 21, 20:00 h Organist: Graham Blyth

Graham Blyth, renowned organist and technical director of Soundcraft, will present an organ recital at the world famous Parisian church "Madeleine." Not only is the church itself unique and beautiful but also are it's acoustics. The "Cavaill�-Coll" romantique-symphonic organ is renowned for its marvellous sound. The concert featured the Grand Piece Symphonique by Cesar Franck, plus works by Bach, LouisVierne, B�llmann and Messian. Aristide Cavaille-Coll (1811-99) was a descendant of a family organ builders. In 1833, he established himself in Paris. Thanks to his scientific talent, his understanding of the laws of acoustics, his sense of artistic intonation and his impeccable workmanship, he became an organ builder of world-wide renown. He built or renovated the organs of St Sulpice, N-D de Lorette, St Roch, Ste Madeleine (La Madeleine), Ste Clotilde, St Vincent de Paul and the Cathedral of Notre Dame.

Mr. Blyth has been active as a performing musician since he was a Junior Exhibitioner at Trinity College of Music. He holds diplomas in Organ Performance from the Royal College of Organists, The Royal College of Music, and Trinity College of Music. Mr. Blyth has performed at several previous AES Conventions.

LUNCHTIME CONCERTS AT THE PALAIS

At lunchtime, visitors enjoyed musical breaks, performed by young international soloists, under the auspices of the Conservatoire National Sup�rieur de Musique de Paris which has put together a program of both classical music and jazz.

MULTICHANNEL DEMO-ROOM

Set up to run throughout the Convention, a multichannel demonstration allowed visitors to listen to the results from the 8 different microphone arrays discussed in the W9 workshop (details in the Workshop Section of this Program).

This unique comparison set-up was completed by technical posters providing all information on the systems. In order to listen in comfortable conditions, a ticket (free of charge), available at the AES Special Events ticket shop, will be required to enter the demo-room.

CULTURAL PROGRAM

Each day of the Convention, the Cultural Program Chairman welcomed attendants wishing to take advantage of cultural visits. The meeting point was in the lobby of the Meridien Hotel. Coffee and croissants were served.

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