We are thrilled to announce that once again the D-Brief Contest for Student Design Competition participants will take place before the AES 149th convention. This is the opportunity for SDC participants to win free registration to the convention by submitting their abstract to SDC judges for pre-check and feedback.
Posted: Friday, August 7, 2020
Stefan Damian won Silver for his submission in the Modern Studio category.
Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?I’m Stefan Damian, I am from Suceava, Romania and I am currently finishing my PhD in Sound Design For Interactive Media at CINETic-UNATC Bucharest – Romania. Previously I studied an MA in Sonic Arts at SARC – Queen’s University Belfast – UK and a BA at UNATC Bucharest – Romania in sound for film.
What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?My passion for music and sound started when I was around 4 and started piano lessons. This also gradually developed into a passion for mixing, sound design, electroacoustic composition and interactive sound, over the years, by being lucky enough to be exposed to various artistic manifestations, which were based or included sound. At the moment I am interested in pretty much everything that has something to do with audio or sound.
Tell us about the 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 song called Tripolar is a hip-hop collaboration between Romanian artist Tranda (rapping & lyrics) and myself (music production & mixing). It was my first entry for this competition. Tripolar was made kind of accidentally when Tranda stumbled upon one of my rather basic instrumental demos and got inspired to write lyrics for it. It was completely finished using 2 bedroom studios (one for recording and another one for music production and mixing). Being somewhat of a perfectionist a vast amount of time was spent for music production, recording, arranging and finishing the final mix (about 2-3 weeks). This was also because I needed to work really hard on the vocals to compensate for the poor recording conditions.
What/Who made you join AES?I first heard about the AES during my first year at university, but wasn’t really involved in the organization’s events and publications until 2018 when together with my peers Grigore Burloiu and Valentin Mihai published an article in JAES. This made me want to engage more, so in 2019 I went to my first AES convention in Dublin and in 2020 to Virtual Vienna, which is my second time.
Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 148th AES convention online.There were many good presentations with a lot of valuable infos regarding very specific things, which I hope than in the future will somehow connect in my mind and help me to perfect my working with sound.
Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2020
Joris Fernandez won Bronze for his submission in the Remix category.
Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?I’m in the Abbey Road Institute Paris School, a pretty cool school with a super great teacher. We study here the art of making sound, and music. We benefit from all the history of Abbey Road studio (ex. EMI) laboratory in research and knowledge!
What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?My uncle was DJ when he was young, so I bought a DJ Mix Consol when I was around 8 or 9 (that was my first love). That was pretty cool!! After that, I bought a Maschine mk2 and 2-years later, in 2013, I finally bought Logic Pro X, and I fell in love. (Thanks Apple). I made my way from now (electronic music, Dance, Raggaetton, Pop, Trap, Hip Hop, Disco, Movie Music), and I’m here today!
Tell us about the 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 teacher Layan Clifford Thornton sent us students this opportunity. I jumped on it, and started to work on it. My goal was to remix a song, in giving him a new life: I wanted the song to be shaped for the radio or the club. I worked something like 8 hours and had the songs. Next, 8 more hours and I have my mix. And 2 days to complete the AES papers to enter in the competitions! This was my first entry.
What/Who made you join AES?My teacher, Layan Clifford Thornton!
Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 148th AES convention online.The easy part was making the remix. The hard part (for me) was to do the Zoom meeting with judges, and answer the judges’ questions about our productions, and to answer in English (My friends Anxiety and Fear were here).
Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Daniela Pardo Quintana won Gold for her submission in the Traditional Studio category.
Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?My name is Daniela Pardo Quintana. I'm 25 and I come from Bogotá, Colombia. I'm currently doing my master degree in sound recording at McGill University, and I've been playing piano since I was 7 years old.
What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?Throughout my life, I’ve been surrounded by music, as most of my family members are musicians, some professionals and some not. Back in high school, I took 2 years of music classes, mainly focused on colombian folk music. There, I understood the importance of keeping our traditions and customs alive, reflected through music. After that I went to the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and got my degree in music, with emphasis on Sound Engineering, and I also took 3 years of piano performance while doing my degree, as I didn't want to stop being a musician. I've always recorded folk/traditional instruments whereas the rest of my peers recorded piano, strings, brass and so on. Once, during one of my recording classes, my professor told me: “you should keep doing that. Sadly it is not common for students to record this kind of instrument and music”. As I heard this, I felt inspired and happy because I was achieving my goal of exploring folk music recording and I had started to fall in love with recording and mixing. It's that same love which brought me here today. My country has an important musical richness and one of my contributions to its legacy as a Colombian is to become an excellent recording engineer in order to work with folk music and show it to the rest of the world.
Tell us about the 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 track was part of my bachelor degree's portfolio. The beauty of nature was the main inspiration behind it, specifically focused on the element of water. The name of the song, “Yaku”, comes from the Quechua indigenous language, which means water. We recorded it in two different sessions; the first one focused on the instrumental part and the second one focused on voices. Surprisingly, during the voice recording session, the musicians brought some folk percussion instruments, which I was not expecting to record. However, it's as if magic started to spark as they started to play them. That's when the concept of water made sense to me, as those instruments generated the sensation of a flowing movement, like waves, and created organic sounds through their musicality. Then the percussionist started to improvise an indigenous singing, which I wasn't expecting to record either. Basically, the voice overdubs' session turned into a beautiful, creative and improvised session between the musicians and I. This is my 4th entry. I’ve participated in AES Colombia 2017 and AES Mexico 2018 (silver award) and also LATAM AES Uruguay 2018 (bronze award).
What/Who made you join AES?During my studies, our professors always encouraged us to join AES and participate in all the workshops, lectures and events we could. When I found the AES Student Recording Competition, I saw an amazing opportunity to meet new people, show my work to the judges and acquire new experiences during the conferences. So I immediately joined AES to participate and it was really worth it!
Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 148th AES convention online.For me, this 148TH AES Convention online has been the best so far! Although I was not able to meet people in person, this online version gave me the chance to participate in the Recording Competition without it requiring me to travel to Vienna which, in my case, would have been very difficult. Also, in the previous AES Convention, you would sometimes have to choose between two or three amazing events, because they were at the same date and time and you could only attend one of them. Following this, you can watch the conferences online on the website anytime until the end of June which is amazing because of the amazing opportunity to acquire knowledge which you would normally not have the chance to because of scheduling issues. So, all the online experience by itself was wonderful, and provided many different opportunities of learning and getting more involved in the audio industry. I would like to mention two very special moments which I will remember forever. The first one was the conference by Darry de la Soul, about building a career in Sound Engineering. As a student, this presentation was very useful to build my path in the field, I found it to be providing efficient and logical tips and tricks. Finally, the best experience was when I heard my name as the gold award winner in my category. Unbelievably unforgettable moment!
Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2020
Diana Kuls was awarded Gold for her submission in the Student Recording Competition Sound for Visual Media category.
Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?My name is Diana Kuls, I'm 23 years old and I'm from Warsaw, Poland. I study sound engineering for film and television and also choir singing. I work in a dubbing studio where I do audio quality control.
What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?I was raised in a family with musical traditions, so I guess music and sound is a really big part of who I am. My parents always wanted me to become a professional pianist but I knew I wanted to do something more dynamic and diverse. I started thinking of studying sound engineering when I was around 16 or 17 years old. I found out that there's a major which connects music with technology and I thought that it can actually fit my interests and abilities.
What/Who made you join AES?Many of my university colleagues were already members of AES when I joined. I could see how much fun they have at conventions, so finally I decided to go and experience it myself.
Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 148th AES convention online.As a final year student, I was very busy at the time and simply couldn't take part in a lot of provided online events. I really enjoyed the Student Recording Competition and the form it was made in. It was cool we could listen to each other's works on headphones and exchange opinions on a group chat. I know that this way of organizing the convention provided the access to a bigger group of listeners, but I really missed the physicality of a "normal" event. You know, having a beer with friends while exploring the city after the whole day of lectures... There's no online way to replace it.
Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Benoit Gerard won Bronze for his submission in the Remix category.
Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?My name is Benoit Girard, I live in France and I'm a student of Abbey Road Institute Paris. I had a first career in cybersecurity and this year I decided to switch to my initial vocation: be a sound engineer.
What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?I started playing music when my parents bought me a Yamaha PSR keyboard, I was 8. I was more interested in trying to reproduce the exact same sound that I heard from different records, understanding MIDI, etc. This gave me a lot of frustration, because you can't do that much with an entry level Yamaha synth (especially when you're not a skilled player) so I switched to computer generated melodies, on ATARI at the time.
What/Who made you join AES?Two previous students of Abbey Road Institute were rewarded in 2018 and when I saw their certificates at school I decided that I would try when I had this opportunity. Layan Thornton is our representative for the AES and because everything was closed at the time in France, he gave us the opportunity to work on something that we could make at home: the remix contest.
Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 148th AES convention online.I guess that this year's convention was quite new for everyone! I really enjoyed the variety of topics, from very technical aspects of scientific audio research fields to more global and artistic ideas. This is one of the think I really love in audio engineering: mixing the pragmatic approach of science and the very empiric domains of feelings and emotions.
Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Alex Bohn won Silver for his submission in the Traditional Studio category.
Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?My name is Alex Bohn. I am a Métis Canadian from Calgary, Alberta. I recently graduated from McGill University with a masters of music in Sound Recording.
What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?My passion for audio came around 2011. The group I was in was recording our first album, and I was more interested in process of recording and tracking than I was actually playing the music. From that point on, I got more involved in the technical aspects of music, eventually going to school to really learn.
What/Who made you join AES?I first joined the AES in about 2013/2014 during my undergrad. Our school had a small audio program but no AES section. A small group of us and our professor started a student section so we could talk about audio engineering, bring in experts to our university, and attend provincial talks/lectures. Thanks to The University of Lethbridge and Thilo Schaller, as well as the talks put on by Theresa Leonard in Alberta.
Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 148th AES convention online.I think the whole experience and convention was a marvel of people’s skills and ability to adapt. It was extremely impressive the amount of work and effort that must have gone into planning and organizing the convention into an online format. It is marvellous what everyone has accomplished during this conference, and I am glad to even be a part of it in my small way.
Posted: Thursday, July 9, 2020
Martin Reus won Gold for his submission in the Student Design Competition.
Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?I live in a little town outside of Salzburg, Austria and was born and raised here. At the moment I am in the Bachelor's Degree for Information Technology and Systems Management at the Fachhochschule Salzburg, University for applied Science
What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?I was always fascinated by music. My first school had an emphasis on music. When I was 13, my brother gave me music software like Fruity Loops. After getting familiar with music production methods I developed a passion for all the technical details and soon started to develop little circuits and was hooked ever since.
What/Who made you join AES?I have always dreamed of joining the AES. The e-library alone is a treasure trove for me, let alone all the people who contribute to this wonderful society. I hope I can contribute one day too.
Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 148th AES convention online.My personal favourite experience was the feedback session with the judges. It really helped me a lot and gave me different opinions. Some of them really led to great improvements. Also I watched every talk that I could. It was so much great information.
Posted: Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Alla Evdokimova won Bronze for her Remix Category submission.
Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?My name is Alla Evdokimova. I am a student of Den Haag Royal Conservatory in The Netherlands. My main direction in the department Art of Sound - Music Production.
What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?I realised that I want to learn about audio when writing music in LogicX as demo examples of my compositions for the band "Umbra Falstrwti" which had been formed from students of jazz department of Amsterdam Conservatory . I always felt that, for me, the music world had always been something I could embrace from so many sides and sound itself became the most powerful source of inspiration for me.
What/Who made you join AES?My tutor and great friend Bert Kraaijpoel!Thanks to him I am where I am now in my audio path!
Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 148th AES convention online.
I loved the presentation and work of Sound for Visuals Category. It showed an incredibly high level of professionalism and creativity from students.
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