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117th AES CONVENTION PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Howard Sherman
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117th_press@aes.org
FOR RELEASE: 9/29/04

117th AES CONVENTION TECHNICAL TOURS OFFER RARE PERSPECTIVES OF LEADING SF CREATIVE INSTITUTIONS

Highlights Include: Skywalker Sound, Fantasy Studios & Electronic Arts

SAN FRANCISCO: Maximizing the proximity of one of the world’s most advanced high-tech communities, 117th AES Convention Technical Tours Chair Larry the O has coordinated an extraordinary series of behind-the-scenes visits. “Larry should be doubly commended for his work on this year’s tours,” remarked Convention Chair John Strawn. “In addition to his inspired site recommendations, he employed admirable diplomatic skills in convincing the management of these extremely private facilities to open their doors to AES Convention attendees. We are confident that these illuminating tours will be Convention high points for all participants,” Strawn concluded. The 117th AES Convention is being held at SF’s Moscone Center, Oct. 28 – 31, 2004.

Technical Tours include:

Thursday, October 28, KQED – PUBLIC BROADCASTING RADIO & TV STATION: This venerable PBS flagship station continues to set precedents in both programming and technology. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its initial “educational TV” broadcast, KQED first began digital broadcasting in 2000. The tour will include the stations radio and television facilities (9:00 am – 1:00 pm).

Thursday, October 28, ELECTRONIC ARTS –COMPUTER GAMES: The world’s largest computer game developer, Electronic Arts earned nearly $4 billion in revenues last year. The AES tour of the company’s Redwood City headquarters includes one of the company’s larger development studios. AES visitors will view and discuss production suites, recording studios and other technical areas. (1pm – 5 pm)

Friday, October 29, MEYER SOUND LABORATORIES: Arguably the audio industry’s highest-end manufacturer of professional loud speakers for sound reinforcement, this family-owned business is recognized for its extreme level of detail and quality control. An industry leader for 25-years. (9am – 1pm)

Friday, October 29, FANTASY STUDIOS/SAUL ZAENTZ FILM CENTER: One of the Bay Area’s largest recording/post-production facilities and point of origin for many hit albums, this citadel of creativity is also world-renowned for the production of such Oscar-winning films as Amadeus and The English Patient. (1 pm – 5 pm)

Saturday, October 30, EX’PRESSION COLLEGE FOR DIGITAL ARTS & Center For New Music & Audio Technologies - (CNMAT) UC, BERKELEY: A private school focused on the cutting edge of entertainment technology, Ex’Pression is a model for training on up-to-the-minute production techniques. The curriculum includes: audio recording, animation and sound design. CNMAT is Berkeley’s pioneering Center for Computer Music and Audio Research. (9am – 1pm)

Saturday, October 30, AUDIUM: A purpose-built, multi-channel performance space Audium was designed 38 years ago as a venue for composer Stan Shaff. Outfitted with over 300 speakers, which Shaff engages for stirring improvisational performances, Audium will provide much food for thought to artists, producers and engineers who consider multi-channel sound a contemporary innovation. (1pm – 3:30 pm)

Saturday, October 30, SKYWALKER SOUND: The world-famous George Lucas audio post-production complex, has produced some of the most successful films ever made including: Several Star Wars episodes, Forrest Gump, Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park. Internationally recognized as the personification of the term “state of the art,” Skywalker Sound is rarely accessible to outside visitors. (1 pm – 5 pm)

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A complete schedule of AES 117th Convention events is available at: http://www.aes.org.




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