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October 6: Revisiting the Legendary 1938 Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall Concert, or "The Greatest Broadcast That Never Happened"

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Upcoming Meeting: Revisiting the Legendary 1938 Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall Concert, or "The Greatest Broadcast That Never Happened"

October 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Location: The New School for Jazz Performance 5th floor?55 West 13 Street?between 5th & 6th Avenues New York, NY

Moderated by: Robert Auld, AuldWorks

Speaker(s): Vincent Pelote, Director of Operations, The Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University; Seth B.Winner, President, Seth B. Winner Studios

Benny Goodman's January 16, 1938 concert in Carnegie Hall was one of the most important musical events of its era. It signified a major cultural shift, in which jazz was accepted as more than just entertainment played in "low" venues like brothels and speakeasy's.  The recording of the concert, first released in 1950, was an immediate hit and has never been out of the catalog since.  It is, simply, the largest selling jazz album of all time.

There have always been mysteries and misconceptions about how the concert was recorded and what source was used for the initial 1950 LP release.  Further, when Columbia reissued the concert on CD in the 1980's, it appeared that the original transcription disk recordings made in 1938 had been lost, so the first CD issue used the 1950 tapes.  In the 1990's, Phil Schaap, backed by the resources of Sony (who now owned the Columbia catalog), finally tracked down the original disks and produced a reissue from them in 1999.  That reissue was controversial, as many of the problems of reproducing 1930's era transcription disks were not dealt with as well as they might have been.  

So matters stood until recently, when Seth Winner, one of the most experienced historical transfer engineers around, came into possession of the original transcription disks.  At this AES New York section meeting Vincent Pelote and Mr. Winner will discuss the importance of this concert, the origins of this particular set of discs, and the problems that are present in this source as well as in all the previous re-masterings.  We will hear audio examples illustrating both the problems that are present and the digital techniques that can be used to restore the sound for possible future reissues. 

Posted: Monday, September 28, 2015

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Past Event: "UNDERSTANDING COPYRIGHTS" A Panel Discussion about Music Royalties, Rights & Trademarks

June 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Location: The New School for Jazz Performance, 55 West 13th St

Moderated by: Ray Archie, CEO of MixLuv, Inc.

Speaker(s): artist, Richard Barone; engineer, producer, and song-writer, Jack Douglas; Deezer’s VP of Music Rights and Label Relations, Julien Simon; entertainment & trademark attorney, Keith A. Weltsch, Esq.; S-Curve Records head and GRAMMY-winning producer, Steve Greenberg; SESAC’s VP of Writer/Publisher relations, Linda Lorence-Critelli.

The New York Section of the Audio Engineering Society, The Recording Academy’s New York Chapterand The New School for Social Research will present a panel discussion on ‘Understanding Copyrights’.  From the “Fair Play, Fair Pay Act” to promises of digital royalties for Producers, Mixers, and Engineers, new bills in Congress seem to guarantee a new brighter horizon for many who have not enjoyed this type of revenue in the past.  But is this future so promising?  This panel discussion will explore details of these new house bills as well as touch on under-utilized or unclaimed revenue based on existing royalty, rights, and trademarks.

You must RSVP by clicking More Information below to attend. Space is limited.

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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015

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Past Event: Dolby Laboratories Turns 50!

May 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Location: Dolby Laboratories NY Screening Room 1350 Ave of the Americas Main Floor

Moderated by: Ken Hunold

Come help mark the 50th anniversary of Dolby Laboratories.  Chartered on May 17th 1965, Dolby was set up as an American corporation by Ray Dolby, but located in offices in London, England.

Dolby’s first office in the USA was at 333 Avenue of the Americas, in space sub-let from friend and part time office manager Marc Aubort of Elite Recording. 

Help us turn on the “way-back” machine and trace the path of Dolby Laboratories through its products and locations.

Bring your own recollections of Dolby stories (old ones, but new ones are OK, too.)  You may be asked to tell your stories to the group.

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Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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