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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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AES144 Student Recording Competition Interview: Kseniya Degtyareva

AES144 Student Recording Competition Interview: Kseniya Degtyareva
1) Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?
My name is Kseniya Degtyareva and I am a completing my masters degree in Sound Recording at  McGill university. Previously, I did my bachelors in Belarus.
 
2) What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?
From my childhood, I was surrounded by music. I started to play the piano when I was 5 years old. When I was 18, I was composing some music for indie computer games. So I started to mix my own music in DAWs. Then I decided that I would like to learn more about sound, so I entered the university program in sound engineering. It did not take long for  music recording to become  my passion.
 
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 submission wasn’t my first one. I have already been a finalist at the 2016 AES student recording competition in Paris. Also, I submitted a couple of works in between this time. I find this competition an incredible opportunity to receive some feedback for productions I am working on. Sometimes the comments are controversial but every time they give you a lot of useful information about technical qualities of a mix and new creative ideas for future recordings.
This year my submission is an original composition of the  talented Montreal musician “Krystale“. I found  this recording experience to be very valuable. The band  was  made up of professional musicians and I was fortunate enough to have plenty of time to realize a general recording approach I always wanted to try. For example, demo recordings Krystale sent me  in advance helped me  to make decisions about an ideal input list and placement of musicians in the room.
At the session, the right amount of time was  spent with the drummer to carefully tune his snare and toms. Also, I enjoyed the creative connection we had with the musicians during the whole session. I didn’t have a lot of chances to produce this kind of music in such an ideal and controlled context but I definitely enjoyed being responsible not only for the best sound but for the best performance representation of the musical material.
I want to thank my colleagues from McGill, who were  involved in this recording session: Mathieu Bourassa and Ephraim Hahn. This submission is my first experience  mixing pop music in surround. I find it very interesting how a new format opened a whole world to me for new mixing ideas in this genre of music.
 
4) What/who made you join AES?
I found out information on the internet about the Student Summit in Berklee Valencia in 2015. I am happy that after that  experience some students from my former university in Minsk started visiting European Conventions. 
 
5) Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 144th AES convention in Milan!
My best experience was meeting my friends from Europe and learning about the oldest organ in Milan in the church of San Maurizio during a convention technical tour.
 

 

 


Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2018

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AES144 Student Recording Competition Interview: Quentin Durual

AES144 Student Recording Competition Interview: Quentin Durual

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

My name is Quentin Durual, I’m 23 and I come from Lyon in France.
I’ve studied there during 2 years in an audiovisual school called Studio M. After that, I’ve lived in London for a year, to play music, discover another music culture and widen my perspectives. I’m currently studying at Abbey Road Institute in Paris for a one-year training. The school offers recording, mixing, mastering courses. It covers all the fields of the music industry and I definitely improved my skills in arrangement, post-production, music business, marketing courses and so on. 

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

When I was a teenager I started learning how to play guitar by myself because I was listening to some good rock, like Gun’s n roses, Led Zeppelin etc.. I  wanted to be a guitar hero you know ! I began composing music and recording it, on Garageband (with no clue of how it was working, it sounded pretty bad !). But I really loved the process of shaping and harmonizing sounds, even more than just playing my guitar. So I spent a lot of time on it, bought more and more gear. At some point I wanted to take one step further and to start doing it in a professional way. That’s why I went to an Audiovisual school with a sound option. From that point, I knew I wanted to work as a sound engineer.

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?

Actually, I have discovered the category 5 of the contest only a week before the submission deadline. But I was really inspired by the original song « Circle » from Chris Dupont so I decided to have a go. I took on the challenge because the opportunity of competing with engineers from all over the world was thrilling. I had courses this week, so I worked at night and during my spare time at school. It was a very formative and intense exercise, because I had to make choices really quickly and stick to them until the end, no backtracking was permitted. I did the main composition in a production studio in Abbey Road Institute with guitars, keyboards, drum machines.. 

4) What/who made you join AES?

One of my teachers from Abbey Road Institute, Mr Layan Thornton pushed me to join the AES contest. He was working at the AES convention in Milan and he let me know about the contest. The concept was so tempting, I did not hesitate. Today I am very grateful he believed I was able to run the competition. 

5) Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 144th AES convention in Milan!

The research aspect of the convention was particularly rewarding. Seeing professionals looking for concrete solutions to create new sound technologies was appealing.

The award ceremony was really formative as well. I was very thankful when I won the Honorable Mention Award for the category 5 remix. I learnt a lot from the feedbacks of the judges, which were sharp but fair. 
I know I still have a long way to go and I will definitely come back. 


Posted: Friday, August 17, 2018

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AES144 Student Recording Competition Interview: Frederik Brandt Jakobsen

AES144 Student Recording Competition Interview: Frederik Brandt Jakobsen
1) Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?
 
My name is Frederik Brandt Jakobsen. I’m 27 years old and live just outside of Copenhagen, Denmark. 
I'm currently finishing my master’s thesis at the Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM), where I study to be a Tonmeister specialized in rhytmic music. I have a Bachelor’s degree as a classical Tonmeister from RDAM, but found myself more passionate about recording drums and noisy guitars, and so I changed to the rhythmical approach for my master's. 
I’m currently running my own studio called Hikikomori Mastering that offers full analog mastering and 50/50 ITB/analog mixing. This is where I work professionally. My studio is always growing, evolving around my passion for DIY projects. Every new piece of knowledge and hardware I pick up on my journeys around the world develops me as a producer. 
 
 
2) What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start? 
 
I grew up in a house filled with music. My dad plays guitar and inspired us kids to play music as well through playing us stuff like Smashing Pumpkins, Joy Division, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Pavement and Sonic Youth. 
At 12 years old my parents discovered my abilities playing piano and I went through some kind of prodigy program. But after years of pacing I grew super tired of studying and performing classical music and decided to form a punk band. There was a sweet relief in the simplicity of strumming just one chord and screaming about whatever bothered a given day. 
I’ve played guitar and synth ever since in various punk and rock bands until at last I found my passion for music production through an inspiring high school teacher. He was the one who encouraged me to apply for the conservatory in Copenhagen. 
 
 
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?
 
Yes, this was my first entry and first time at AES. I played synth for the Danish post-punk band Shiny Darkly on their UK tour in late 2014. Shortly after the drummer asked me if I would mix and produce his other band Motorique. The whole process developed my enthusiasm for “producing" bands. The album turned out so great with a well-recieved 12”vinyl release that we decided to hit the studio to do one more. And this is where “I Love To Start A War” is from.
 
 
4) What/who made you join AES? 
 
I was encouraged by my professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Jesper Andersen. 
 
 
5) Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 144th AES convention in Milan! 
 
It was a very inspiring convention for me in a lot of ways. As I do not see myself as much of a technical engineer as much as I consider myself a music producer and mastering engineer. So I especially attended the creative talks at the convention. I think the talks and discussions about mastering; vinyl vs. digital, myths and new loudness standards were very interesting. Also, following the new discoveries and developments of Ambisonic, Atmos, 3D and immersive sound is always interesting. Actually that part inspired me a lot and I’m currently working intensively on a new project to be released soon. If any readers are intrigued, I will definitely post more about it on my Facebook studio page “Hikikomori Mastering” very soon. 
Thanks for letting me show my work at AES, it was a learning experience for me to hear people’s opinion on the sound-side of a song, and actually present my thoughts on the process. See you at the next AES!
 


Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2018

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AES144 Student Recording Competition Interview: Katarzyna Sochaczewska

AES144 Student Recording Competition Interview: Katarzyna Sochaczewska

1) Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?
 
My name is Kat Sochaczewska, I'm from Poland and currently doing phd at AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, where I graduated from Acoustical Engineering last year. I am a little bit of a patchwork - as I am involved in broadcasting, studio recording, and my phd oscillates around ambisonics widely speaking. I try complement all of those fields and constantly learn from them.

 
2) What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?
 
As a kid, I always used to play with toy-instruments, so I was sent to music school, where I learnt to play piano. But I was fascinated not only with music itself, but sonic experiences in various forms (including soundscapes, melody of foreign languages, maybe that is also why I developed the passion for jazz - where a lot of organic noises can be found) - so I decided to study sound and get involved in audio field. 

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?
 
The production that I submitted for recording competition was a piece of folk music in modern arrangement (Vidma w sadoczku). It was first mixed in stereo as regular cd production, but while working on the material I really felt it would be a sin not to space it out and make a version in surround. I had a great great pleasure working with lovely vocalist Susanna Jara (thank You!) and she was the inspiration for this experiment. I played a lot with layers of vocals, trying to create a story and mood, and it was among others possible thanks to her stunning harmonies. I had a lot of fun creating the immersive atmosphere and using tricks that normally wouldn't be possible to apply in casual production. It was my first entry, and it took me quite long to prepare it (the recording took few hours, then mixing in 5.0 around a month with breaks - it is still quite new to me - mixing in surround). I was extremly stressed to share the work with the audience and judges, but I'm more than happy with that incredible experience - especially for professional feedback from experts. 

4) What/who made you join AES?
 
I first joined AES right before the conference was held in Warsaw few years ago, thanks to my lecturers and peers. And I kept it since then because of great publications useful in my research work and fantastic conferences obviously. 

5) Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 144th AES convention in Milan!
 
Well - definitely the whole recording competition was exciting but not only that! I've heard some stunning works during listening sessions (for example 3d music - "In the fields" which became my great inspiration to start creating ambisonic music). I always enjoy lectures held by Alex Case, you can get so much from them. Besides, fantastic workshops about immersive audio, audio for VR, trends and new gear on exhibitions. Lovely atmosphere, wonderful city, open and experienced people to share ideas with and simply nerd-talk to:) 


Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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AES144 Student Recording Competition Interview: Joan Lennard Schubert

AES144 Student Recording Competition Interview: Joan Lennard Schubert

 

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

I'm studying in Düsseldorf/Germany at the Institute of Music and Media of the Robert Schumann Conservatory. I selected my courses and programs quite straightly towards recording and production of Classical Music.

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

I play piano since I can think which made me develop interest in classical music quite early. My piano lessons have always been about classical music and I started composing little pieces by myself. Despite my mp3 player as a 13 year old was filled with pop music, this classical understanding of music grew parallely to me discovering pop culture. I got in contact with audio when I wanted to record the (Rock-)songs I wrote. The Tech stuff never impressed me much, although I found great pleasure in trying to make my songs sound like I wanted them to sound like.

Starting my studies I initially wanted to go into Media Composition, but then I quickly realized how much I loved the recording and producing of music. I got interested in more complex Audio systems and signal transmission to be able to work in music production professionally.

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 submission is a edited version of three live orchestra recordings. At some point in my studies I felt the need to get experience in big recordings, so I organized several live recordings of orchestras to improve my namagement skills in bigger productions. This submission is actually my second orchestra recording which I was in charge of which was already followed my several more, so I learned a lot from it and would already do a lot of things differently now...

It is my first submission to a competition.

4) What/who made you join AES?

Since I am studying, there always have been people of our programme going to AES conventions. As I am not overly interested in Tech as a self-porpose, so I felt like I don't actually need to go to AES conventions. It's this competition that made me come th Milan and I am super happy I did! I heared a lot of inspiring presentations and read interesting papers and I will definitely be there again next time.

 


Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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AES 144 | Thank You Sponsors! Telefunken

AES 144 | Thank You Sponsors! Telefunken

 TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik strives for absolute perfection. By offering historic recreations of classic microphones alongside our own proprietary designs based around the distinctive tube mic sound, we have established a product line that perfectly blends vintage style and sound with the reliability of a modern-day microphone. Our commitment to both the sonic excellence and quality of all of our products is rivaled only by our dedication to provide the BEST possible service to each and every one of our customers.


Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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AES 144 | Thank You Sponsors! Raisin Toast Records

Thank you to RAISIN TOAST RECORDS, which is a new model for a record label dedicated to citizenship in Detroit founded by a team of musicians and innovators from the University of Michigan. 

They seek to empower musicians in Detroit’s artistic community by providing them with the human resources, equipment and support needed to create a quality musical product. In order to accomplish this, a group of talented and diversely skillful innovators will collaborate in a multi-functional way within Raisin Toast. This interdisciplinary team will support the top-to-bottom process of creating music and building a career as an artist by providing services ranging from repairing and building instruments to recording and mixing and even artist development and talent booking.

 


Posted: Monday, July 30, 2018

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AES 144 | Thank You Sponsors! Merging

 Thank you to Merging, the company that brought the incredible DAW Pyramix into the industry, and one of our sponsors for the student recording competition!

Merging Technologies is the world’s foremost manufacturer of high-resolution digital audio recording systems.  The list of customers reads like a who’s who in the recording industry and recordings made with Merging Technologies’ systems regularly receive the recording industry’s prestigious Grammy® Award. 

The company was founded in 1990 in Chexbres, Switzerland by Claude Cellier; an electronics graduate of the Institute of Technology in Lausanne  Prior to this, Claude worked for the famous Swiss audio maker Nagra Kudelski for 10 years. Within a short time of its founding, Merging quickly established a reputation for their expertise in digital signal processing and associated hardware, and with their Pyramix Virtual Studio, was one of the first companies to produce a DSD recording system. 

In 2007, Claude Cellier was presented with the Audio Engineering Society Fellowship Award  for outstanding contributions to the development of high-performance, high-resolution audio workstations.  Merging Technologies currently has over 20 employees with offices in Switzerland and the UK.


Posted: Friday, July 27, 2018

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AES 144 | Thank You Sponsors! Genelec

 Like many other audio technology companies, Genelec’s roots are deeply seeded in the world of Broadcast & Music recording technology. Our current offering is the most complete in the market place: from the very compact 8010 to the massive 1236A with technologies like Directivity Control Waveguide™, pioneered by Genelec and the Smart Active Monitor technologies featuring AutoCalibration etc. Still to date, after 10 years in the market something Genelec is alone of. Genelec stays at the forefront of speaker technology and is proud to serve many of the worlds finest audio facilities.


Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2018

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