AES Budapest 2012
Thursday, April 26, 13:00 — 14:00 (Room: Bartók)
Please join us as the AES presents Special Awards to those who have made outstanding contributions to the Society in such areas of research, scholarship, and publications, as well as other accomplishments that have contributed to the enhancement of our industry.
This year’s Keynote Speaker is John Buckman, founder of Berkeley, CA-based Magnatune.com (subscription music for consumers), a record label known for its eclectic artist roster, its successful application of Creative Commons licensing, and its patently artist-friendly business practices. Buckman, whose egalitarian business practices are distinguished by non-exclusive agreements with musicians, sharing profits equally with them, and allowing them to retain full rights to their own music, has pioneered a philosophy known as “fair trade music.” Since founding Magnatune, Buckman has signed more than 250 recording artists across multiple genres including classical, electronica, world, alt rock, jazz, and hard rock. Buckman is also the founder/owner of a string of aditional successful small businesses working with music: MoodMixes.com (background music for restaurants), ToneGnome.com (audio engineering services over the Internet), and is about to launch iLicenseMusic.com. He also runs BookMooch.com (over a million books swapped per year), founded and sold Lyris Inc. (email newsletter software), and is chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a US-based Internet civil liberties organization. Profiled by Inc. Magazine, The Economist, and other major publications, Buckman is the co-author of an article in SysAdmin Magazine entitled “Which OS Is Fastest for High-Performance Network Applications?” and an article in Linux Journal entitled “Magnatune, an Open Music Experiment.” The title of his keynote address is “Small and Beautiful: Models for Successful Independent Music Businesses.” Buckman will explain how to find profitable niches and how to build a small business where the work can be done by you and your staff—regardless of how many hands you have.
Thursday, April 26, 18:30 — 19:30 (Room: Bartók)
A Mixer Party will be held on Thursday evening to enable Convention attendees to meet in a social atmosphere to catch up with friends and colleagues from the world of audio. There will be a cash bar.
Friday, April 27, 16:00 — 17:00 (Room: Brahms)
Future Directions in Multichannel: Recording Techniques for Auro 3D /3D Audio
Gregor Zielinsky, Sennheiser Electronic - Wedemark, Germany
Auro3D is a rather recent additional proposal for reproduction of musical recordings including height information. Its comparatively simple, pragmatic approach makes it all the more interesting for adaption to film and home theater loudspeaker setups. Benefits of Auro3D especially for music recordings will be discussed. For the Tonmeister then, the question arises how to produce 3-D recordings, either founding the mix mostly on spot microphones, or on new main microphone placement techniques, including height microphones. A vast set of different setups were seen at the recent ICSA 2011 Conference on Spatial Audio, in Detmold. Several microphone setups and their sonic differences will be described. The use of microphones, combinations and adjustable polar patterns will be discussed. As in stereo, with main microphones a further question arises on if and how to delay compensate additional spot microphones, relative to the main microphones. Also, how need the main microphones need to be delayed in themselves. Including height loudspeakers produces enormous differences in timbre and spatial perception. How can they be described, and explained? Finally, comments will be presented regarding the differences between single-source and multi-source (phantom source) based localisation in 3-D fields.
There will be demonstrations of both of these systems at the convention.
Friday, April 27, 17:00 — 18:00 (Room: Brahms)
Future Directions in Multichannel: Mercedes-Benz Signature Sound—A mediaHYPERIUM Production Mixed and Mastered at Skywalker Sound
Herbert Waltl, mediaHYPERIUM - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Stefan Bock, msm-studios GmbH - Munich, Germany
Mario Fresner, Daimler AG - Sindelfingen, Germany
Leslie Ann Jones, Skywalker Sound - Marin County, CA, USA
Norbert Niemczyk, Daimler AG - Sindelfingen, Germany
Wieslaw Woszczyk, McGill University - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
A “first-of-its-kind” surround sound project: music mixed and mastered for the new Mercedes SL Roadster model. To create the ultimate listening experience the producer and engineers tailored discrete surround mixes to the car’s audio system, its specific acoustic environment, and the position of driver and passenger. The “hands-on” approach of the Signature Sound production concept aims to reflect the true artistic intention of the musical pieces in an immersive listening experience.
Daimler AG has underwritten the production and collaborated on the exclusive, limited music DVD with the title “Mercedes-Benz Signature Sound.” We will discuss the concept, how it was done and the importance of an artistic approach in surround sound productions.
There will be demonstrations of both of these systems at the convention.
Friday, April 27, 19:00 — 20:00 (Room: Bartók)
The Richard C. Heyser distinguished lecturer for the 132nd AES Convention is Graham Blyth. Blyth was born in 1948, began playing the piano aged 4 and received his early musical training as a Junior Exhibitioner at Trinity College of Music in London, England. Subsequently, at Bristol University, he took up conducting, performing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion before he was 21. He holds diplomas in Organ Performance from the Royal College of Organists, The Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music. In the late 1980s he renewed his studies with Sulemita Aronowsky for piano and Robert Munns for organ. He gives numerous concerts each year, principally as organist and pianist, but also as a conductor and harpsichord player. He made his international debut with an organ recital at St. Thomas Church, New York in 1993 and since then has played in San Francisco (Grace Cathedral), Los Angeles (Cathedral of Our Lady of Los Angeles), Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Munich (Liebfrauendom), Paris (Madeleine and St. Etienne du Mont) and Berlin. He has lived in Wantage, Oxfordshire, since 1984 where he is currently Artistic Director of Wantage Chamber Concerts and Director of the Wantage Festival of Arts. He divides his time between being a designer of professional audio equipment (he is a co-founder and Technical Director of Soundcraft) and organ related activities. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of his work in product design relating to the performing arts. The title of his lecture is "In Pursuit of Elegant Simplicity: Life, Luck, and Learning in Music and Audio."
Blyth will talk about how he became a design engineer in the audio industry, the development of the mixing console from a personal perspective during his 41 years in the business, and, in particular, his approach to microphone preamp design with illustrated examples. He will also talk about the importance of the analog engineer in a mostly digital world and about the technical and musical challenges in designing high-quality digital classical organs, with audio examples. Blyth is well known to attendees at AES conventions for his popular organ recitals.
Saturday, April 28, 19:30 — 20:30
Organist Graham Blyth's recitals are a highlight of every AES convention at which he performs. Graham Blyth’s traditional organ recital will be given on the new organ of the Inner-City Parish Church, Belvarosi Plebania Templom. Program will include Prelude & Fugue in B minor by Bach, Chorale No.2 in B minor by Franck, and 1st Symphony by Vierne (selected movements).
Saturday, April 28, 21:00 — 23:30
Banquet (21:00 – 23:30)
This year, the Banquet will be held at the Academy Club, part of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. This elegant and exclusive building is a perfect setting for dining and mixing with friends and colleagues. One can also indulge in the breathtaking views of the Buda Castle and enjoy the stunning beauty of Budapest and the Danube illuminated in the evening while listening to intimate live music. An exciting choice of seasonal dishes combining the traditional Hungarian flavors with modern presentation will be offered, together with wines and other drinks.
Situated near to the church where the organ concert will be held, together these two events make for a perfect evening after a day at the convention.
60 Euros per person (Members and Non-Members)
Tickets will be available at the registration desk
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