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HISTORY COMES ALIVE AT 121ST AES CONVENTION
SAN FRANCISCO: Honoring, as well as learning from the past is a long-standing AES tradition. The 121st Convention, scheduled for Oct. 5-8 in SFs Moscone Center will provide attendees with ample opportunity for both pursuits. Historical Committee Chair Bill Wray has developed a compelling series of panel discussions, film screenings and technical demonstrations designed to provide attendees with an invaluable perspective on the evolution of the art and science of pro audio, remarked Committee Chair John Strawn. His knowledge of the local community coupled with his keen sense of the big-picture, enabled him to assemble one of the most intriguing series of historical events in recent memory.
SEVENTY YEARS OF STEREO OPTICAL MOVIE FILM SOUNDTRACKS:
Ioan Allen, Dolby Labs Sr. VP, and a pioneer in the introduction of many breakthrough film audio formats, will present a 2-hour summary of the evolution of 35mm stereo optical film sound-tracks. Topics to be covered will range from the first experimental recordings made by Alan Blumlein in 1934 to today's digital soundtracks. This event will be held in the Loews Metreon Theatre a short walk from the convention center.
SAN FRANCISCO STUDIO HISTORY: Author/ MIX Magazine contributing
editor Heather Johnson will moderate an all-star panel of studio veterans interviewed
for her recently published book, IF THESE HALLS COULD TALK - A Historical
Tour Through San Franciscos Recording Studios. Studio legends sharing war
stories, magical moments, and behind-the-scenes experiences from the Golden Age of
SFs recording history include: Leslie Ann Jones, Skywalker Sound/Grammy-winning
engineer (Bobby McFerrin, Angela Bofil, etc); Dan Alexander, vintage recording
equipment dealer, former studio owner (Tewksbury Sound, Hyde Street Studios, Coast
Recorders); enginer Fred Catero (Santana, Pointer Sisters, Herbie Hancock, Patti LaBell,
Taj Mahal); Tom Flye, recording engineer (Don McLean, Curtis Mayfield, Sly Stone,
Rick James, Mickey Hart) Pat Gleeson, musician, composer, synthesist, former studio
owner (Different Fur); studio designer, owner and engineer Jack Leahy, (Funky Features,
Russian Hill, Crescendo!); and acoustical consultant Tom Scott, (Chief engineer Wally
Heider Recording, The Record Plant, Skywalker Sound, VP and Chief Technology
Officer EDNet) will discuss the stories behind the hits. The discussion will range from
the evolution of studio design to the seismic technological and economic storms that have
buffeted the industry in recent years.
SOUND MAN JACK MULLIN FROM WWII TO MP3: KNTV reporter Scott Budman will present a documentary film by Don Hardy. Friends and associates including Les Paul, Greg Kihn, Chuck D and Stephen Stills will discuss Jack Mullins pivotal contributions from the early days of tape recording to the origin of Ampex in Silicon Valley.
DIGITAL RESTORATION OF MECHANICAL RECORDINGS: Dr. Carl Haber, Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will present New Imaging Methods for Mechanical Sound Carriers. A variety of optical scanning methods have been applied to imaging the delicate or damaged audio surface of discs, cylinders, etc. Dr. Haber will discuss digitized mapping and processing of surfaces to repair damage. Sound clips will be engaged to illustrate this process.
FROM CARBON TO COMPUTERS The Evolution Of The Broadcast Audio
Chain: Mike Adams, Chairman, Department of Television, Radio, Film and
Theatre, San Jose State University will trace the evolution of broadcast audio
equipment from Lee deForest, and Charles Herrolds use of carbon to tube
amplification in the early 1920s, early Western Electric mixing boards, and electronic
recording and disc playback. Adams will explore audio technology of the
1930s and 1940s and include lessens from his own 1960-1975 radio experience.
THE ABBEY ROAD SOUND 75 Years in The Making: Kevin Ryan music producer/arranger and co-author of Recording The Beatles
will moderate a distinguished panel in a discussion of the process, technologies, and personalities behind the studios success. A video presentation will highlight the history of Abbey Road Studios. Recording engineers Ken Townsend and Peter Cobbin and Dave Holley - Managing Director, EMI Studios Group will provide personal accounts of development of audio production technologies and recording techniques that embody the Abbey Road sound.
DISC CUTTERS: Highland Laboratories principal Barry Brose will present a
narrative history of the Western Electric disk recorder head from the first cutter used in
talking motion pictures circa 1930, to the achievement of full-fidelity disk recording and
the world-standard 45-45 stereo system. His film on the evolution of these heads features
close-up photography of disassembled units to illustrate principals of their operation in
Formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers, the
Audio Engineering Society counts over 12,000 members throughout the
U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The AES serves as
the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical
information for the industry. For additional information on the AES
121st Convention please visit http://www.aes.org.
121st AES Convention Moscone Center, San Francisco October 5 8, 2006