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AES143 Student Design Competition Interview: Emre Kanatli

1) Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?

I grew up in Istanbul and came to the USA four years ago to pursue my studies. I am a last-year undergraduate student in New York University, double majoring in Music Technology and Computer Science. I am very interested in technology and its applications, especially artificial intelligence. Although music on the other hand is the spirit and soul. Therefor I'm trying to find a healthy balance between the two.

2) What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?

My passion for audio came from my passion towards music. At the age of 10 I started to develop my musical taste, until then I would listen to whatever was given. Initially I was very interested in rap, rock and punk, didn't really listened to the electronic music of the time. Not much later I wanted get more involved in music and picked up my first instrument, which was my father's classical guitar. I met most of my closest friends through my interest to make and listen to music. We would spend hours just listening and talking about records. My interest in electronic music began when I discovered the legendary Ghent based group Soulwax. What they did blew my mind because I had no idea how such songs were possible to perform. This curiosity led me to discover other great artists, and sparked my interest in the technology behind all of this.

3) Tell us about production of your submission? What is the story behind it? What inspired it? How long did you work on it? Was it your first entry?

About two years ago I took a graduate course titled Music for the Web, which introduced the basic concepts behind how audio works on the web. We were supposed to do a final project for this class and I chose to do a very simple application where a user can play and manipulate loops. This was a very primal version of my submission to the AES competition. After spending some thought on the project I realized that with additional features, this can actually turn into a product that others would want to use. The main inspiration behind this project is concerned with how we consume music today. I feel like everything is planned or recorded beforehand, let it be shows or music we listen to. I've been making music for many years now and I rarely record what I play, it's mostly about jamming in the moment. I realized that these jams not always get recorded and not a lot of people get to hear them. What I try to accomplish with this project is to encourage people to take a step away from composing and simply play what they feel at the moment with all its impurity and spontaneity. The project took about a year and a half to get to its current state, with a lot of mistakes made along the way. Even though I work day and night to evolve this project to what I had dreamt of, if it wasn't for other responsibilities I have such as school I'm sure it would not have taken more than a few months to get to this stage. This was my first ever AES convention and my first entry to the competition, I'm glad it became a memorable first experience.

4) What/who made you join AES? 

The associate director of the music technology program, who is also an AES fellow, our lovely Agnieszka Roginska emailed me about the competition encouraging me to apply with my project which I have previously demonstrated in school. I felt like I had to join since it was in New York and I had a well made product under my hands, it was a good opportunity at the right time.

5) Tell us about your favourite experiences at the 143st AES convention in NY! 

My favorite experience was having the chance of showcasing my project to a variety of professionals in the industry from all around the world and hearing their opinions on it. Most of the feedback I received was positive and it certainly motivated me to go further with this project. 


Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018

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AES143 Student Recording Competition Interview: Noah Kowalski

 1) Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?

I am from Portsmouth NH, and I went to school at Emerson College studying Audio Post Production/Sound Design for Visual Media Arts. At school I worked on audio post-production for student films with the occasional foray into production recording. Additionally I explored music editing for a dance organization on campus and podcast editing for EdTech Times in Boston, so I really tried to explore all sorts of audio while at school - except for music production. There was very little at my school offered for music production, which I think is a shame, but Emerson is not a music school so I guess it makes sense. Regardless of this, in my time at Emerson I was able to focus my time on post-production and learn from some really knowledgeable professors and I am grateful for all of the experiences I had there.

2) What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start? 

My passion for audio began in High School when I started playing with synthesizers and experimenting with effects units. At this point I had really just dipped my toes into recording. It was all so daunting and I kind of just jumped into it and taught myself subtractive synthesis on a Roland SH-201 keyboard that my dad had given me. I was always interested in music during school and I was unquestionably a band geek but I didn’t want to pursue performance as a career so audio felt like a natural alternative. It wasn’t until I arrived at Emerson that I became interested in sound for film, but I really enjoyed it and that is how I came to be where I am now.

3) Tell us about production of your submission? What is the story behind it? What inspired it? How long did you work on it? Was it your first entry?

My AES submission was a product of my final semester in which I had already taken every audio related class at Emerson. Unfortunately there was no real capstone project in my program, so I decided to create my own audio capstone. I always loved the show Avatar: The Last Airbender, and it seemed like the style of sound design would be both challenging but also achievable and so that was my pick for a sound replacement. Deciding to do an entire episode was biting off far more than I could chew at the time, but I just had to chip away and learn as I went. I spent roughly 400 hours on it in total and it really was the only thing I worked on all semester. It was my first AES submission and so I was quite proud to have been a finalist.

4) What/who made you join AES?

I had joined AES the year previous when I had heard my friends discussing going to AES 139. At the time I had never even heard of AES, but we all decided to go and check it out. It was honestly overwhelming at the time because there was so much to see, and I did not get nearly as much out of it as I did this time at AES 143. I was glad to be back again with a better sense of the convention!

5) Tell us about your favourite experiences at the 143st AES convention in NY!

My favorite experiences at AES 143 were the all of the conversations had between other people just like myself who are trying to get into this industry. I met so many amazing people who are doing amazing things, and I made a lot of friends that I know I will stay in touch with. In addition, meeting so many experienced minds within the industry and having the opportunity to have some of them critique my work was really an honor.


Posted: Monday, January 8, 2018

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AES143 Student Recording Competition Interview: Samuel Ramirez

AES143 Student Recording Competition Interview: Samuel Ramirez

1) Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?

 
I'm from Elk Grove, California, but spent most of the ol' teen years growing up in Denton, Texas. I'm a junior in the audio engineering program at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, with a concentration in music performance. I love the engineering and mixing side of music, but I also stay pretty active as a keyboard player and producer. I think being involved in music-making in different roles helps inform all the other roles! I'm incredibly thankful to have the opportunity to study here at Jacobs, where I've been able to learn from our immensely knowledgeable audio faculty, as well as mess around with, you know, a few decent mics. 
 
2) What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start? 
 
I remember as a kid I used to carpool to piano lessons with my older brother and our friend. While we were waiting at the teacher's house for our turn, she would let us mess around with loops in Garageband on her desktop computer. I remember making some wacky, long, and probably god-awful arrangements using the built-in loop library. Then sometime around middle school, my brother got a little 2-channel M-Audio interface, and I began making actual recordings. Eventually I figured out how to overdub tracks, and I guess I've been doing that ever since. 
 
3) Tell us about production of your submission? What is the story behind it? What inspired it? How long did you work on it? Was it your first entry?
 
Moose Memories is a local Bloomington band (which I may or may not be in), and we recorded this session with help from our friend Jared O'Brien late at night during finals week last year. We had played the song at a few shows by that point, and just wanted to get a quick and dirty recorded version to have as a demo. Everything was tracked live, except for overdubbed vocals. We ended up not touching it for months, but I began work on the mix a few weeks before the submission deadline for the AES mix competition so it made sense to go ahead and submit it. I had a lot of fun trying to balance cleanness and clarity in the mix with the rough, distorted aesthetic we were looking for. This was my first time submitting in the mix competition and I'm glad I did!
 
4) What/who made you join AES?
 
Recommendations from faculty and other students, and of course being able to participate in the convention itself.
 
5) Tell us about your favourite experiences at the 143st AES convention in NY!
 
Stevie Wonder is one of my all time favorite musicians and songwriters, so it was really wild to see him strolling by, even though I was fanboying out way too much to try to talk to him. I also learned a lot from the judges' feedback on all the mix competition submissions, which was awesome. 


Posted: Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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