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AES144 Student Recording Competition Interview: Agnieszka Szczepańczyk

AES144 Student Recording Competition Interview: Agnieszka Szczepańczyk

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

 
I am from Poland and I study Music Production at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw where I am doing my last year of master’s degree. I am also interested in other fields of sound engineering such as radio dramas and, of course, sound for visual media.
 
2) What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?
 
It started during my first year of studies at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. I was not sure if I had made the right decision about my future job, but courses and my first internships persuaded me that working in audio is the best decision. Making sound for different purposes gives me opportunity to express myself and present my point of view of reality. I consider it as a great combination of technology and art. It is also amazing that the group of people, who may not have known each other before, can create something unique together.
 
Before finishing bachelor studies in Bydgoszcz, one of my Professors told that the most important thing in life is to do what you love. I always remember about it, and I am glad, that I have the opportunity to work as sound engineer in different musical and film projects.
 
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?
 
I made sound for the submitted animation ‘Llapse’ because I have been impressed by quality and strength of the picture. In original soundtrack there is only music, but the plot gives opportunity to create variety of sounds. I decided to challenge myself. I began my work by expanding the story with additional, original plot elements. For me, the cube represents the unintended effect that the human civilization has on its environment. It was also crucial to me to tell through the sound the story in a way that would match fast-paced action and tension of the picture. After the presentation at the university, some of my friends suggested that I should try to submit my work. It was my first AES student competition entry.
 
4) What/who made you join AES?
 
Mainly, the recommendations of students, especially Krzysztof Kicior who is the chair of Warsaw student section. After short conversation with him I checked reports from previous conventions and some AES publications that I found interesting. It convinced me to join.
 
5) Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 144th AES convention in Milan!
 
My favorite experiences were connected with amazing people who came there. That was wonderful to meet many students and professionals from the industry from all over the world and be able to share ideas and opinions with them. During the convention I had a feeling that I am the member of one big family of audio enthusiasts.


Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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AES144 Student Recording Competition Interview: Krzysztof Ptak

AES144 Student Recording Competition Interview: Krzysztof Ptak

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

 
I'm from Kielce in Poland - the city located in Świętokrzyskie voivodeship. I'm studying sound engineering at Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. I make beats since 2010. I love music, especially jazz, soul, hip hop and electronic.
 
2) What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?
 
I think i got it from God as a talent. My parents showed me good music and took me to music school when I was 7 years old. I play piano and organ. Music was always important part of my life. In medium school I've became interested in music studies, but I wanted to connect music with technical subjects. I love mathematic, physics etc. I searched and I found sound engineering in Warsaw.
 
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?
 
I heard about remix category from my friend in march. I gathered for a long time to start remix. I've started my work about two weeks before deadline. First thing was to listen all song and then track by track. Fast picked guitar inspired my to make remix in drum and bass genre. I make it in two weekends. It was my first entry so I'm so shocked and excited that I was awarded a bronze medal.
 
4) What/who made you join AES?
 
My girlfriend Dominika and my friends from studies. I'm sure that I wouldn't make this remix without their "keeping asking" me about remix and motivating me to do something.
 
5) Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 144th AES convention in Milan!
 
Everything was exciting. Talking with people from different countries. Listening lectures from many areas of audio. Competitions. My friend submitted participant in all category. For me the most unpredictable moment was contest results announcement of my category - remix.


Posted: Monday, August 20, 2018

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AES144 Student Recording Competition Interview: Kevin Langlois

AES144 Student Recording Competition Interview: Kevin Langlois
1) Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?
I'm from France, I studied in Paris and I finished this year my school of Audio Engineering and Studio Production at AbbeyRoad Institute Paris.
 
2) What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?
I am passioned by music since my childhood and I discovered sound engineering by searching how the actual music could be sounded like today. I had understood how a band played and why they played like that but the engineering part of that was absolutely dark to me. And the electronic music, darker than that! So I wanted to discover this other part of music's world, the technics part and the engineering of it. 
 
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 production for my submission was a real opportunity to construct a project from scratch. That was the first time for me to do that, to have a deadline to show and present a finish and concret music project. My goal was to use this opportunity to meet, construct and share a good music I like, and go until the end who cares the results (and finally was good!). So I contacted different bands I liked, some of them heard at radio like Canari (the one I recorded) to propose the project : record them on a new track never released before, or start from a jam and construct from it ; and after, use that recording to produce for real. I finished this project like I wanted, with adding a personal touch just before starting to mix it. So yes, that was my first and only one entry to the contest. I was on the project for 1 month and worked on it concretely 7 entire days spread on this month. 
 
4) What/who made you join AES?
I joined the AES the year before when the event was in Paris, I had news from my school and be able to go there due to it. After that, it was Layan Clifford who made me come at the next event at Milan and participate at the contest. He works at AbbeyRoad Institute and works for AES to record all the conferences ; that what I did there before have the results of contest, sound recording assistant during the conferences! 
 
5) Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 144th AES convention in Milan!
My best experience was that moment I heard my name as finalist in my category contest! I was the 4th name called while the other categories before had only 3 finalists! I thought that was finished and no one from us was finalist and... yes, I was! It's very personal but it's my favorite moment during the convention!


Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2018

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