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.
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 submission work - Identity - is a 5-minutes long animation movie by Alireza Salehi (Iran, 2019). It's a fantasy story of a man who looks for his lost face inside of a mirror. I liked the story and the universal message it carries. I found the original picture on YouTube while searching for something to work on at my university film sound classes. My job was to create all the sound layers from scratch. Because of the studio renovation, it was much more difficult to record foley effects than it was in previous years so the majority of the effects I used originate from the sound library. It took around 4 months to finalize it. This was my second attempt to the Student Recording Competition - first one was last year, during AES in Dublin.
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.
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?I'm mostly listening and mixing rock music (from electro punk to folk), but the week before the contest I was cleaning up my studio and found some old CDs from the days where I was playing synths. My remix is in that vibe: "synth wave". We were confined here in France during the whole week of the contest. I had the Abbey Road Institute courses in the afternoon and my children to take care during the morning so I worked from 4 AM to 8 AM and did the final mix on the final weekend.
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.
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 submission was not my first in the recording competition, but was my first nomination as a finalist. I felt this track was a culmination of my growth as an engineer during my studies. The track was recorded as part of a class assignment for myself and the musicians. It was mainly live off the floor with a few overdubs and punches in to correct any issues or mistakes. The production on this track didn’t take too long to get to a place where I was happy, but took time by me continuing to tweak it.
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.
Posted: Friday, July 3, 2020
Posted: Friday, June 5, 2020
Students! Come and get tips, tricks, and advice to push your skills to the next level!
The Student Recording Critiques are live, non-competitive listening sessions in which students receive feedback on their mixes from a panel of industry professionals. Students at any stage of their studies can sign up – but must have student registration for the virtual convention. The sessions will be held using Zoom, with music streamed via AudioMovers. Zoom Meeting ID’s will be posted at a later date on the AES website and social media channels. Any registered conference attendee can log in to listen to the sessions!
Posted: Friday, May 15, 2020
We are honored to announce the list of finalists for Student Competitions!
Student Recording Competition:
Category 1 (Audio):
Sub-Category 1 (Traditional Acoustic):
Sub-Category 2 (Traditional Studio):
Sub-Category 3 (Modern Studio):
Category 2 (Sound for Visual Media):
Category 3 (Remix):
Category 4 (Immersive):
Student Design Competition:
Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Christian Steinmetz of Clemson University
Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?I am originally from South Carolina in the US where I studied Electrical Engineering and Audio Technology during my undergrad at Clemson University. Currently I am a master’s student at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona studying Sound and Music Computing within the Music Technology Group (MTG).
What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?My interest in audio came out of my interest first as a music listener. Early on I became involved in building speaker enclosures, demoing different headphones, and experimenting with amplifiers to try and build a better sounding listening system. Eventually, this lead me into the world of music production and audio engineering because I was interested in making recordings that sounded the way I wanted. Throughout high school and my undergrad, I have worked as a recording, mixing, and mastering engineer. At the same time I have been focused on applying engineering in the construction of tools that advance the field of audio engineering, aiming to develop tools that assist in and extend the workflow of audio engineers. I am continuing this line of research in my thesis here at the MTG, with the application of deep learning to tasks in music signal processing.
What/Who made you join AES?I first learned of the AES through my audio technology professor at Clemson. After discovering the journal and diving into all of the interesting research being published, I decided to join. Shortly after learning about the yearly convention held in NYC, I set a goal for myself to find a way to attend. I came up with a project idea and built a plugin to present during the Student Design Competition. After sharing it with my professor, I was able to receive funding from my department to travel to the convention. Attending the AES Convention for the first time in 2017 was one of the major moments in my development as a researcher, and solidified my interest in continuing my research in this field.
Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 147th AES Convention in New York!My favorite part of the convention was getting to present and share my project with other people interested in audio engineering. Getting to meet new people with the same interests and their own unique perspectives is, for me, one of the highlights of a convention like AES. In addition, I enjoyed attending many of talks and paper sessions where I got to hear from some of the most influential researchers in the audio community.
Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and what do you study?I'm Jared Richardson, from Provo Utah. I recently graduated with a Bachelor's in Media Arts from Brigham Young University, and my goal is to work in post-production sound for film and animation.
What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?My passion for audio came partially from my little siblings. In 2014, when I was on a 2-year mission in Chicago for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I rarely got to talk to my family back home, so my little brother and sister would send me emails with attached audio recordings. They were essentially podcasts, but they always went the extra mile and included background music, fun segments, and little fictional skits. These really inspired me, and ever since I got home I've wanted to participate in all sorts of audio-related creative projects with sound effects, voice over, and mixing.
What/Who made you join AES?I attended and joined AES because of my professor, Aaron Merrill. He was the one who gave me feedback on the film, and felt like I should submit it as an applicant. Without him, none of this would have been possible.
Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 147th AES Convention in New York!The convention was really fun! I'm not used to big cities, but being around industry professionals and those who are excited about audio and music was an exceptional experience. It felt like there was something for everyone, both on the showfloor and in the many classes/panel discussions. I would love to attend again someday in the future!
Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2020