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[AES Pacific NW Section - Seattle USA]
Around the Puget Sound, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A
In Memoriam

This page is dedicated and devoted to PNW folk who have passed on. Our intent is a lasting tribute to them and to their work.

Kearney Barton 1931 - 2012
Kearney was a NW recording veteran, his career spanning from the 1950s well into the 2000s. He recorded hundreds of PNW groups during that time, charting several hits in the process.

Frank Laico 1918 - 2013
Frank was a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest. Originally from New York City, his career spanned the time from World War 2 to the current century. He is probably the only engineer who can claim the sobriquet of recording on wax to recording digitally. He spent 36-years as a staff engineer for Columbia Records at their famed 30th street studio. Frank was eager and willing to share his experience with our section.

Al Swanson 1948 - 2012
Al was a founding member of the PNW section, and served the section as Section Chair, Vice Chair, and committeeman. He was a lifetime location recordist and was proponent of minimalist microphone technique. He was always at the cutting edge of technology.