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AES 145 Student Recording Competition Interview

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


My name is Peiqi "Peggy" Duan and I’m from Shanghai, China. I got my BFA degree in Film Sound Effects at Beijing Film Academy and just got my MFA degree in Film Sound Design at Chapman University this summer.


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

I started learning vocal performance, violin performance and theater performance when I was 6 years old. Doing something about the art of sound and story was always my dream during my student period. According to my high school studies, I realized that I was good at mathematics and computer sciences, which made me decide to apply for a major that could combine the art with computer sciences - Film Sound Effects.
Beijing film academy is the best film school in China. I left my hometown and studied in Beijing for 4 years. Finally I decided to widen my horizons and pursue my MFA degree in Hollywood, the center of the U.S. film industry.


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?
 

This was my first entry. It was from my thesis film "Thicker than Water". I did all the sound works except composing. We shot the film for 11 days in October, 2017, and I did the post sound mixing from March to May, 2018. The story happens at Anna, Illinois, in 1890s. A crippled white boy Jacob develops a friendship with a mysterious white-looking newcomer Silas, and his racist worldview is threatened when he discovers that Silas is really black.
In this story, there are some important parts which need a lot of sound design, such as river, Yemaya (river god), bells and death whistle.
Director wanted a sound for Yemaya. Silas defined Yemaya as the mother of water. And, our composer had already created a main theme melody before our shooting. So, I decided to use a woman vocal as Yemaya’s sound. The woman vocal hums the melody when she is summoned. Actually I was the voice actress for Yemaya and the singer of credits music.
“When someone dies on the tree, a bell gets hung from the branch.” Bells were always connected with water and Yemaya. To get clear and accurate bells’ sound, I borrowed the bells in different sizes from PD department and recorded many different bells sound during my foley session.
Silas’s death whistle in the film was a Chinese traditional ocarina actually. I found there was a real death whistle in the world. It sounds like thousands of people screaming. That was exactly what I wanted, so I bought one online! However, I thought the sound would be too simple for the death whistle in this story. To make the sound richer, I also added the sound of ocarina, one high pitch sound and one mid pitch sound.



4) What/who made you join AES?

I learnt about AES when I was in China. My professors were international members of AES. Last year, I got a chance to be an AES student volunteer at NAMM show in Anaheim, CA. I had a wonderful experience there, and finally decided to join AES.


5) Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 145th AES convention in New York!

Absolutely the multiple audio conferences. As a film audio student, the knowledge of audio tech stuffs were very invaluable for me. In addition, I made some friends during this wonderful event, and extended my social network to the world. And of course, the feeling of getting the prize of the Student Recording Competition was unforgettable forever.


Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2019

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AES146 SDA Officer Elections

AES146 SDA Officer Elections

 Dear all AES Student Members!

On every convention AES SDA is electing new SDA Officer as their representative in AES structures. For upcoming 146th Convention in Dublin we have three Candidates:

- Shelley Ann McCarthy Buckingham

- Kamila PietrusiƄska

- Krzysztof Kicior

Candidates will be introduced on SDA-1 meeting and have short speech on SDA-2, where the election will take part. Please, see more at www.aes.org/students/sda/sda-elections.cfm where you can find candidates bio as well.


Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019

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AES 145 Student Recording Competition Interview

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

Hi, my name is Hugo Véjar, I´m from Quito, Ecuador. My journey in the
audio field started in Argentina, where I studied an Audio Technology
Program focused in Recording. Two years ago, I joined Universidad San
Francisco de Quito where I´m studying a Major in Music Production and
Engineering in the BIN Program (Berklee International Network).
 
2) What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?
 
Music has been the motor always for me. From the beginning I played in
punk and rock bands, becoming later the producer and recording
engineer of my own 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?
 
Well, being in a music faculty for the first time in my life, has given me
the opportunity to produce, record and mix a lot of projects with a really
good level musically speaking. Last semester I met Darci Aguirre, my
jazz arrangement teacher. She just started her own music project called
Pocket Band and invited me to work with them as a live sound engineer
for their shows. When I heard about the AES NY Recording Competition,
I knew I had to present one of their songs. So, I told Darci about it and
she started to work on the final arrangement for the Cuban Bolero called
“Como fue”, the song I picked from their repertoire. In terms of production
for this song, the times were really fast. I tracked the ensemble in one of
the University auditoriums in no more than 4 hours, between the
equipment setup and the performance. I consider myself as a very active
AES student member, this was my third entry. Last year I went to AES
Colombia Convention achieving the first place in Traditional Recording
Category.
 
4) What/who made you join AES?
 
At the time I was studying in Argentina, one of my teachers, Carlos Indio
Gauvron, told us about AES and its importance in the professional audio
industry. I’ll always be grateful of having the opportunity to experience
the AES Conferences in Buenos Aires when I was just 19 years old.
They made a big impact on me, showing me the South American audio
industry on its highest level. 2018 saw the birth of the first official AES
Ecuador section, a critical point for our industry.
 
5) Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 145th AES convention in NY!
 
This time I couldn’t fly to NY because of Visa issues. But one of my
colleagues, Eduardo Becerra, who is part of our student section
committee (AES USFQ) represented my work for the jury and obviously
had a great time in the convention participating in all the conferences and
AES activities.

 


Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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