Meeting Topic: 142nd AES Convention Berlin
Moderator Name: Peter Zach
Speaker Name: Michael Romanov (Chair), Katharina Pollack (Vice Chair), Nils Meyer-Kahlen (treasurer), Peter Zach (Secretary), Valentin Huber (committee person), Paul Berghold (committee person)
Other business or activities at the meeting:
Once again an AES Convention is over. Every year it is a pleasure to listen to so many interesting lectures, see familiar faces and of course meet new people. It's always refreshing to talk to colleagues from around the world who share the same passion for sound in all it's shapes, regardless of their profession and status. Here you are at eye level with some of the brightest minds in the world of audio.
For us it was one of the most eventful conventions in a long time. Four of our colleagues submitted two papers  and were also invited to present those in two highly crowded paper sessions. Furthermore, three people submitted their projects in student competitions where Michael Romanov made it to the final in the Student Design Competition and Tim Raspel made it to the Student Recording Competition / Cat. 3 - "Modern Studio Recording & Electronic Music" final. Both actually won the silver award with lots of interesting prices. Congratulation guys! There were three other scientific contributions from Matthias Frank (IEM) , Franz Zotter , who also hosted the Paper Session "Spatial Audio—Ambisonics", and Florian Wendt (IEM) .
At the Regions & Sections meeting, where all the vice presidents talk about whats going on in their region, we received a lot of praise from Thomas Sporer (Vice President - Central Europe) and Anthony Schultz (Chair Regions & Sections Committee) for our work as a student section.
One of the main topics on all conventions is education in the field of audio. This year we contributed too and hosted a booth at the Education and Career Fair to present our study "Elektrotechnik-Toningenieur" or "Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering" at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz and the Technical University Graz.
At the end a new member of the Student Delegate Assembly, the committee which represents the students of the AES, was elected. We want to congratulate Maryam Safi from Student-Section Hamburg on the election as "SDA Chair - Europe & International Regions".
After leaving the convention we visited the "DDR Funkaus" where former music editor Elisabeth Heller told us a lot about the former East Radio back in the USSR, her job and the whole facility. Also, we had the chance to take a look into the studio, where sound engineer Philipp Duse told us a lot about the vintage equipment and the remarkable acoustics which date back far into the GDR times.
We as Student-Section Graz would like to thank some important people:
Nadja Wallaszkovitz, Sascha Spors - convention organization
Chris Hold (Student-Section Berlin) - representative for all volunteers
Franz Zotter and Matthias Frank - for overseeing our paper submissions
Thomas Sporer - for his nice words about our section
Francesca Tonetti - for the beautiful photos
Samuel Maurer - for our famous t-shirt design
Ahmed Chez Curry Wurst - for several after hour beers and hunger damage prevention
We also want to congratulate our sister sections Berlin and Hamburg. Berlin because Chris Hold managed to install a student section again and the whole Student Section Hamburg for organizing their own little convention, the "Klingt Gut Symposium".
Last but not least we thank all our colleagues from Graz who joined us. We hope you learned a lot and will join as yet again for the next AES Convention Milan in march 2018.
AES Student-Section Graz
Facts & Numbers
23 members of Student-Section Graz
2 submissions at the Recording Competition
1 submission at the Design Competition
2 silver awards at the Competitions
2 Conference Papers
1 booth at the Education Fair
1 self-organized tour through "Funkhaus Berlin"
 Implementation and Evaluation of a Low-Cost Headtracker for Binaural Synthesis (M. Romanov, P. Berghold, D. Rudrich, M.Zaunschirm, M.Frank, F.Zotter / IEM) Convention Paper 9689
 Amplitude Panning between Beamforming-Controlled Direct and Reflected Sound (F. Zagala, J. Linke, F. Zotter, M. Frank / IEM) Convention Paper 9805
 Exploring the Perceptual Sweet Area in Ambisonics (M. Frank, F. Zotter / IEM) Convention Paper 9727
 Phantom Source Widening by Filtered Sound Objects (F.Zotter, M.Frank / IEM) Convention Paper 9728
 Investigations on Perceptual Phenomena of the Precedence Effect Using a Bessel Sequence (F. Wendt/IEM) Convention Paper 9756
Have a look at our photos from the convention at: https://www.facebook.com/AesStudentSectionGraz/
Meeting Location: Hotel Maritim, Berlin, Germany