Recording Industry: Music Recording/Mix Studio
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(1931-2015) Irv Joel’s lifetime of contribution to the art of recording included 15 years at Capitol Records and early experiments with stereophonic recording. His Capitol discography ranged from stereo recordings of the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Broadway cast recording of The Music Man, to location recording of Tennessee Ernie Ford. He became chief engineer at A&R Recording (co-owned by Phil Ramone), where he recorded such artists as Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli. Joel’s contributions to the AES include work on Standards Committees and the Historical Committee. The Oral History Project, composed of audio/video recordings of interviews with over 100 significant contributors to the art and science of recording, and which Joel created and supported, may be his most lasting contribution, with his interviews creating a significant first-person account of the recording community. Irv Joel was honored with an number of AES awards for his contributions to audio and the AES: an AES award in 1962, a citation in 1972, a Fellowship in 1973, a Board of Governors award in 1994, a Bronze Medal in 1999, and, for his decades of dedication to the Society, a Distinguished Service Medal in 2009. The AES NY section honored Joel with a special evening of reminiscing in 2011, titled "An Evening with Irv Joel – The Man Behind the Scene." Interviewed by Paul Gallo. Edited by Harry Hirsch.
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