Meeting Topic: Magnetic Tape Transforms the Music Industry
Moderator Name: Owen Curtin
Speaker Name: Dr. Toby Mountain
Meeting Location: Chestnut Hill, MA USA
For members who came to the May 19, 2015 AES lecture entitled "The Birth of Stereophonic Recording" about the development of the Magnetophon, this lecture is the sequel.
Toby will recount how a revolutionary audio recording technology made its way across the Atlantic in the wake of World War II. The magnetic tape recorder was a German invention, but the Americans used and developed the technology to completely change audio production techniques. The author will recount several fascinating stories surrounding these events and play a variety of musical excerpts.
Toby Mountain has music degrees from Princeton University (BA, 1972) and the University of California at Berkeley (MA, 1978 PhD, 1981). He also spent several years working at the Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) and the MIT Experimental Music Studio. He taught music and Theory and Composition as an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Connecticut from 1983-85. He has been a Professor of Music at College of the Holy Cross since 2005, where he heads the Digital Media curriculum and is Director of Studios.
In 1985 Toby founded Northeastern Digital, the first digital mastering facility in New England. Toby's mastering credits include such artists as The Beach Boys, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Richard Thompson, Morphine, Joan Jett, Jay Geils, Arlo Guthrie, and Alison Krauss. Toby has mastered several gold and platinum selling albums and dozens of albums that have been nominated for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' annual "Grammy" awards. He is also a member of the Audio Engineering Society, and has published many articles in professional audio journals including "Mix" and "Electronic Musician."
Toby has also been active as a classical and jazz recording and mastering engineer for over 25 years. He has worked with countless ensembles including the Boston Symphony, The Composers in Red Sneakers, Boston Musica Viva, The Holy Cross Chamber Players, The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, and The Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Recently he mastered an Itzhak Perlman disc entitled "Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul" released by Sony Masterworks.
Written By: Michael Reed