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AES 144 Meet The Judges! Chris Wainwright

AES 144 Meet The Judges! Chris Wainwright
Like many of us Chris was a musician first, studying music as a student beginning at the age 5, first at home with piano, then in pubic school studying the trumpet and finally at university as a guitar principal. Entering Berklee College of Music as a student in 2005 he found a passion for the studio and audio recording and subsequently focused his study on Music, Production and Engineering for which he received a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music’s Boston Campus in 2009.
 
Post Berklee Undergraduate Chris worked mostly in live sound both as a staff engineer for PH Productions and The First Church of Christ Scientists as well as a freelance engineer and a part time studio technician for the Center for Digital Imaging arts at Boston University.
 
In 2011, Chris found his way back to Berklee College of Music’s Boston Campus were he took on the role of Assistant Chief Engineer responsible for maintenance, repairs and upgrades of campus wide recording facilities and related equipment. From 2010 to 2012 he also worked as a freelance live recording engineer and broadcast mix engineer for the Berklee Performance Center featuring artists such as Andrew Bird, Lettuce, Clannad and many others.  
 
Late in 2012 however, much of this changed. Chris was sent from Boston to Berklee College of Music’s Valencia campus for what was meant to be a 2-week stay that has lasted 5 years.
 
Chris Wainwright is currently the Chief Engineer and an Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music’s campus in Valencia, Spain. He teaches coursework in Music Production, Engineering and Mixing, and as Chief Engineer, also oversees a team of 3 in charge of the maintenance, repairs, upgrades and integration of all campus studio facilities and related equipment. It is here where he can flex all the muscles of his diverse background. 


Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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AES 144 Meet The Judges! Nadine Zoghbi

AES 144 Meet The Judges! Nadine Zoghbi

Nadine is an associate professor in sound design and technique for the picture at the University of Stavanger in Norway. She is a 2000 graduate from a film and TV bachelor program in Lebanon, a post graduate diploma in composing for the screen, and an MA in sound design from Bournemouth University. Nadine´s professional career has spanned from radio and television advertising to working with music artists and award-winning directors.

Her passion for teaching started in 2004, when she began lecturing about sound and storytelling at the Académie Libanaise Des Beaux Arts (ALBA). This was followed by teaching positions at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) and currently the University of Stavanger. Nadine’s primary area of interest lies in the exploration of the intricate relationship between audio and how it influences the perception of the visuals in a moving picture. Nadine speaks four languages fluently and enjoys reading and playing the piano.


Posted: Monday, May 21, 2018

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AES 144 Meet The Judges! Leslie Gaston-Bird

AES 144 Meet The Judges! Leslie Gaston-Bird

Leslie Gaston-Bird AMPS, MPSE  Vice President, Western Region (USA & Canada) AES began working in 2002 at Post Modern Company in Denver, Colorado, restoring soundtracks for classic Sony / Columbia films from as early as the 1930's. At the same time, she began work on her Master of Science in Recording Arts (MSRA) degree at the University of Colorado Denver. 

She earned her MSRA degree in 2003 with a thesis titled, “Music Video Vérité”, a pioneering work in recording mulititrack audio alongside performances filmed in multiple locations and edited together as one seamless performance. Shortly afterwards, she accepted a tenure-track position at CU Denver and is now an Associate Professor of Recording Arts. 

Leslie has been involved in research with Dolby Laboratories in San Fransisco and Gates Planetarium in Denver. She continues to do freelance work, and is currently exploring ways to improve the audio experience as a whole. In 2011 she was granted a Fulbright award to research Blu-Ray audio at the University of York in York, England. 


Posted: Monday, May 21, 2018

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AES 144 Student Party in Massive Arts Music Studio

 

The AES Student Party will take place on Thursday 24th May, 7pm at Massive Arts Studios, Via Eugenio Villoresi 24, 20143 Milano (map).
 

Genelec (https://www.genelec.com/) and their local distributor Midiware (https://midiware.com/) have arranged for us to visit this beautiful Milanese facility, and will even showcase some equipment. 
Refreshments and appetisers will be served, courtesy of Interfacio (https://www.interfacio.com/). 
 
The AES Student Party is open to any 144rd Convention participant with an ALL ACCESS STUDENT BADGE - a great opportunity to meet fellow students from around the world and to unwind halfway through the Convention. Tickets will be available at the opening session of the Student Delegate Assembly on Wednesday, May 23 at 16:00. 

 
See you there!

 


Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2018

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AES 144 Meet The Judges! Amandine Pras

AES 144 Meet The Judges! Amandine Pras

Amandine Pras teaches Digital Audio Arts at the University of Lethbridge in Western Canada. She completed her PhD thesis at McGill about best practices for studio recording in the digital era. Her research investigates interconnections between technological innovation and new music production from esthetic and sociological perspectives. She recently premiered her video documentary entitled 'A Home Away From Home' based on a cross-cultural experiment that she conducted in India with improvisers from New York and from West Bengal. In July, she will take part of fieldwork research in digital studios in Mali. Graduate from the Advanced music production program (FSMS) of the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP), Amandine produced albums with musicians as diverse as the ARC Ensemble, Jim Black, Quatuor Bozzini, Daniel Carter, Nels Cline, Benoit Delbecq, Mary Halvorson, Tony Malaby, Fabrice Marandola, the Metropolis Ensemble, Andy Milne and William Parker.


Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2018

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AES 144 Meet The Judges! Magdalena Piotrowska

AES 144 Meet The Judges! Magdalena Piotrowska

Magdalena Piotrowska (Plewa) is a mastering engineer and researcher based in Poland. She first became excited by sound whilst still at kindergarten, where she dreamed of becoming a builder of musical instruments. This early enthusiasm later became the basis for her education at music school.

Uniting her passion for sound and international travel, Magdalena participated in postgraduate studies in Music Production and Recording at the University of Stavanger in Norway as well as in the recording program at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada). In 2016 she received a PhD with her thesis dedicated to Music Information Retrieval. She is now involved in research making connections between science and practical applications in the field of audio technology at Gdansk University of Technology.

After several years of education, training and supervision, in 2016 she started her own facility, Hear Candy Mastering.

Magdalena has worked with artists across a diverse range of musical genres, including KARI, Further Away, SALK, Kirbanu, Ceri Jones, Laura Dickens, Claire Chase, IMA KYO, deuair and Annalie Wilson. A production that she worked on recently as has been nominated for a Fryderyki 2018 Award.

Since 2013 Magdalena has served the Society as Education Committee Vice Chair and Coordinator of Student Events during AES Conventions in the US and Europe. She was Vice Chair of the AES Education Committee, In 2015-2017 she served as a Governor.

Magdalena is also active as an educator. She has lead classes in audio subjects at universities in Poland (AGH, Kraków; PJWSTK, Warszawa, Silesia University, Gdansk University of Technology). She was awarded the Ministers of Science and Higher Education Scholarship as well as study grants from the Committee for International Research and Education, the Acoustical Society of America and the Audio Engineering Society Educational Foundation.

Magdalena is the author and co-author of scientific papers presented at numerous international conferences, including AES Conventions. Her goal is to is make connections between science and practical application in the field of audio technology.


Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2018

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AES 144 Meet The Judges! Margaret Luthar

AES 144 Meet The Judges! Margaret Luthar
Margaret is a Mastering Engineer at Chicago Mastering Service. She is a 2005 graduate of Syracuse's Music Industry program (instrument: trombone), and holds a Master’s in Music Technology (2007) from New York University. After completing her Master's, she was an Audio Engineer in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts (2009), then later that year a Recording Engineer at the Aspen Music Festival (the latter of which she repeated in summers 2010 and 2016).  
 
In 2009 Maggie moved to Norway to attend the year-long post graduate program in Music Production and Recording at the University of Stavanger. After a brief assistantship in 2010 at Galaxy Studios (Belgium), she moved back to Norway, where she was as a Mastering Engineer at Sonovo Mastering and an Audio Archivist at the Norwegian Institute of Recorded Sound until 2016. In addition, during her time in Europe she was involved in acoustic recording projects throughout Western Norway, and a location recordist for a handful of independent films throughout Europe.
 
In January 2017 she accepted her full-time position at Chicago Mastering Service, where she works with all genres of music and also cuts the lacquer masters used in vinyl record pressing. Labels she’s worked with include Merge, Fat Possum Records, and Super Secret Records. She is an active member of the Audio Engineering Society, enjoys giving workshops on critical listening and mastering to students, and spends a lot of her free time running.


Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018

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AES 144 Meet The Judges! Marek Walaszek

AES 144 Meet The Judges! Marek Walaszek

 Maro Music, (real name, Marek Walaszek) is a prolific DJ, producer and mix engineer. For more than 20 years, he has DJ’d at major nightlife venues throughout Europe. As a music producer and sound engineer, Maro Music has worked with some of the biggest names in hip-hop, reggae and electronic music, including Agallah, Dominique Young Unique, Wu-Tang Clan, Sizzla, Redman, Bang La Decks, DJ Kazzanova and others. Sought after by the biggest international brands – Coca-Cola, Absolute, Jaguar, BMW, The Voice among them – to create music for their advertising campaigns, Maro Music has proven his skill in the recording studio time and time again. HIs mixes and production earn certified Platinum and Gold albums and him youtube view are counted in tens of millions. His studio and record label, Addicted To Music, maintains a heavy schedule crafting original productions and doing mixing and mastering work for internationally recognised artists. The studio regularly produces Polish artists for Warner Brothers as well as for the bigger Polish record labels.

Marek Walaszek is in high demand on the lecture circuit, widely sought by universities to speak about music production. He has served as a judge for the Audio Engineering Society’s modern music and sound engineering contest at the annual AES conventions in New York City, Berlin, Hungary and Warsaw. He was also featured in Luca Pretolesi “Fly on the wall” youtube series. Maro Music has released music as the producer for MXF alongside DJ Frodo. Maro Music’s solo mixes have landed him consistently in the “top 5” charts on Mixcloud.

In 2011, Walaszek founded Bettermaker, an award-winning, critically acclaimed manufacturer of professional-grade mixing and mastering hardware and software built for professional musicians and audio engineers. Bettermaker is used by a who’s who of studio professionals, including the GRAMMY-winning and GRAMMY-nominated mix engineers, Dave Pensado, Jimmy Douglass, Luca Pretolesi and Greg Wells. Artists like KO:YU and DJ Kazzanova also use Bettermaker products to achieve a supreme quality of sound.


Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018

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AES 144 Meet The Judges! Kris Gorski

AES 144 Meet The Judges! Kris Gorski

Born in Poznan/Poland he begun his music education with piano at the age of 7, and continued through his years in college in England. He then moved to Paris where, after obtaining his diploma in Audio Engineering from SAE Paris, he engaged in 12 years of intensive studio work for independent artists, labels and TV stations. A few years into his sound engineering career he begun writing music for films which proved to be an ongoing passion and an important part of his work. He has since also become a song writer. He has engineered over 100 albums and worked on dozens of film and advertisement projects both as a composer and sound engineer. He loves working with the new generation of music talents in Poland, producing albums and film tracks. He maintains a working relationship with musicians in France, England and Denmark. Open mind and unorthodox approach are the key ingredients of his work.

In 2006 he co-founded APS - a company with focus on manufacturing high quality active studio monitors. A successful venture which continues to this day and represents Polish technological thought all over the world and collaborates with number of Universities. The company’s R&D model is based on very strong relationship with the recording community, striving to make the very best tools for the sound engineers, producers and musicians. Presently Kris lives in Poland, helping in the running of APS and his own production company AudioPlanet. For a number of years now he has been involved in a working partnership with Piotr “Miki” Mikołajczak - a renowned producer and former Sony Artistic Director, with whom he has co-written and co-produced a number of projects.

All throughout his career Kris gave a lot of importance to education. He has been giving workshops to young people for the last 17 years and has recently started working with students form the Science University of Gdańsk where he is also involved through his company’s AudioPlanet collaboration with the University. He has also worked as a consultant on a number of projects on studio construction.


Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018

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AES 144 Meet The Judges! Jim Anderson

AES 144 Meet The Judges! Jim Anderson

 Jim Anderson is an internationally recognized recording engineer and producer of acoustic music for the recording, radio, television, and film industries. He is the recipient of numerous awards and nominations in the recording industry: his recordings have received ten Grammy and Latin Grammy awards and 26 Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations; his radio recordings have received two George Foster Peabody Awards and there have been two Emmy nominations for television programs. In 2013, Jim’s recording “Modern Cool” won the Grammy for Best Surround Album at the 55th Grammy Awards and his recording “Sixteen Sunsets” was nominated for Best Surround Album at the 56th Grammy Awards. 

A graduate of the Duquesne University School of Music in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jim has studied audio engineering at the Eastman School of Music and Sender Freies Berlin. During the 1970s, he was employed by National Public Radio and engineered and produced many award-winning classical, jazz, documentary, and news programs. Since 1980 Jim has had a career as an independent audio engineer and producer, living in New York City. He has been a frequent lecturer and speaker for the Audio Engineering Society and master- class guest faculty member at leading international institutes. He is a professor of recorded music with the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and was the department’s Chair from 2004 – 2008.

He has served as Vice President for Eastern Sections of the Audio Engineering society (AES), chaired the New York City Section of the AES and was Chair of the 119th, 123rd, 131st, and 135th AES Conventions. In 2006, he was made a Fellow of the AES and has received two AES’ Board of Governors Awards. Jim was also the President of the Audio Engineering Society, 2008-2009.


Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018

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