AES New York 2017 Presenter or Author
Primary Affiliation: George Blood Audio/Video/Film - Philadelphia, PA, USA
AES Member Type: Member
George Blood graduated from the University of Chicago (1983) with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory. He studied theory with Easley Blackwood (a private student of Nadia Boulanger), repertoire with Philip Gossett (Editor, critical editions of Verdi and Rossini for Casa Ricordi), Ellen Turner Harris (now retired Vice Provost at MIT), and analysis with Ralph Shapey and Shulamit Ran (Pulitzer Prize winning composers), among others. He is the only student of Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin.
Actively recording live concerts (from student recitals to opera and major symphony orchestras), since 1982 he has documented over 4,000 live events. From 1984 through 1989 he was a producer at WFMT-FM, and has recorded and edited some 600 nationally syndicated radio programs, mostly of The Philadelphia Orchestra. He has recorded or produced over 250 CDs, 5 of which have been nominated for Grammy Awards. His work can be heard on EMI, Toshiba/ EMI, New World Records, CRI, Plectra, Parma, Innova, Pogus Records, Albany Records, Newport Classics and others. He was Recording Engineer for The Philadelphia Orchestra for 21 years, serving Maestros Riccardo Muti and Wolfgang Sawallisch.
George Blood, L.P. was founded as Safe Sound Archive in 1992. To this day, it continues as a repository for the thousands of recordings Mr. Blood has accumulated; and to house the recital archives of the Curtis Institute of Music and concert recordings of The Philadelphia Orchestra—which previously had been stored in an unheated warehouse and the “smoking lounge” of a local radio station.
Each month George Blood Audio/Video/Film/Data digitizes thousands of hours of audio and moving image, and computer media collections from around the country. Staff are active in research into workflow, best practices, metadata, authentication, and interchangeability of digital information. Mr. Blood is an active teacher and presenter at conferences, sharing these findings with members of the trade and collections managers. He is a member of many professional organizations, and served as Chair, Philadelphia Chapter of the AES. He currently serves on the Technical Committees of ARSC and IASA, the standards committee for MXF AS-07, and the committee writing IASA TC 06.
AR01: Get into the Groove: A Panel Discussion on Grooved Media (Chair)