AES London 2010
Special Event Details

Saturday, May 22, 12:00 — 12:15

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Saturday, May 22, 12:45 — 13:45 (Room C3)

Opening Ceremonies

This year’s Keynote Speaker is Masataka Goto. Masataka Goto is the leader of the Media Interaction Group at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan. In 1992 he was one of the first to start work on automatic music understanding, and has since been at the forefront of research in music technologies and music interfaces based on those technologies. Since 1998 he has also worked on speech recognition interfaces. He has published more than 160 papers in refereed journals and international conferences. Over the past 18 years, he has received 25 awards, including the Young Scientists’ Prize, the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Excellence Award in Fundamental Science of the DoCoMo Mobile Science Awards, and the Best Paper Award of the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ). He has served as a committee member of over 60 scientific societies and conferences and was the General Chair of the 10th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR 2009) and the Chair of the IPSJ Special Interest Group on Music and Computer (SIGMUS). The title of his speech is “Music Listening in the Future.”

Music understanding technologies based on signal processing have the potential to enable new ways of listening to music—for everyone. We have developed several Active Music Listening interfaces to demonstrate how end users can benefit from these new technologies. Active Music Listening aims at allowing the user to understand better the music he or she listens to and to actively influence the listening experience. For example, our Active Music Listening interface “SmartMusicKIOSK” has a chorus-search function that enables the user to access directly his or her favorite part of a song (and to skip others) while viewing a visual representation of its musical structure. The software “LyricSynchroniser” can automatically synchronize song lyrics to a recording and highlights the phrase currently sung. A user can easily follow the current playback position and click on a word in the lyrics to listen to it. Given polyphonic sound mixtures taken from available music recordings, our interfaces thus enrich end-users’ music listening experiences, and open up new ways of music listening in the future.

Saturday, May 22, 18:00 — 19:30 (Room C4-Foyer)

Mixer Party

A Mixer Party will be held on Saturday evening in the Champagne Suite Foyer to enable Convention attendees to meet in a social atmosphere to catch up with friends and colleagues from the world of audio. There will be a cash bar.

Saturday, May 22, 20:00 — 21:30

Organ Recital @ 20:00

Temple Church Temple, London

Graham Blyth’s traditional organ recital will be given on the organ of the famous Temple Church, a late 12th century church in London located between Fleet Street and the River Thames, built for and by the Knights Templar as their English headquarters. In modern times, two Inns of Court (Inner Temple and Middle Temple) both use the church. It is famous for its effigy tombs and for being a round church. It was heavily damaged during the Second World War but has been largely restored. The church contains two organs: a chamber organ built by Robin Jennings in 2001 (a three-stop continuo organ), and a four manual Harrison & Harrison organ. The Harrison organ will be completely renovated from July 2011 until Easter 2013.

Access at the weekend is via Tudor Street only. Map available at the Special Events Desk.

The featured works are by Hubert Parry, George Thalben-Ball, Charles Villiers Stanford, Frank Bridge, Percy Whitlock, Louis Vierne, and Leon Beëllmann.

Sunday, May 23, 11:00 — 13:00 (Room C2)

AES/APRS—Life in the Old Dogs Yet—Part One: Keeping Studios Alive

Andrew Leyshon, Nottingham University
Mark Anders, Bug Music - UK
Malcolm Atkin, formerly AIR and Sphere Studios
Ian Brenchley, MD, Metropolis Studios
Paul Brown, Paul Brown Management
Jonathan Smith, GM, Abbey Road Studios

This Special Event examines the trends in the professional recording business in recent years and invites a new generation of recording entrepreneurs to share ideas often driven by the expanding needs of contemporary clients. Professor Andrew Leyshon from Nottingham University presents his thought-provoking analysis of the changing worldwide recording climate. This is followed by a distinguished panel of recording stakeholders discussing current and possible future recording business models.

Sunday, May 23, 14:00 — 15:45 (Room C1)

AES/APRS/MPG Platinum Producer Behind the Glass

Howard Massey
Jon Cohen
Jon Kelly
Stephen Lipson
Russ Titelman

An informal conversation with legendary British and American producers about the journey to the intersection where art and commerce meet. Topics will include tips and techniques for eliciting the best performance from an artist; realizing the artist’s vision without busting the budget; and the changing role of the producer in today’s increasingly homegrown environment.

Howard Massey is a leading audio industry consultant, technical writer, and author of Behind the Glass and Behind the Glass Volume II, two collections of in-depth interviews with top record producers and audio engineers widely used in recording schools the world over. He also co-authored legendary Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick’s acclaimed 2006 memoir, Here, There, and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles.

This event will be prefaced by a special presentation to Sir George Martin, OBE.

Sunday, May 23, 19:00 — 20:30 (Room C2)

Heyser Lecture
followed by
Technical Council

The Richard C. Heyser distinguished lecturer for the 128th AES Convention is Brian C. J. Moore, Professor of Auditory Perception, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge. The topic of his lecture is "Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids."

Hearing loss affects more than 10% of the adult population in most countries and is especially prevalent among the elderly. The most common form of hearing loss arises from dysfunction of the cochlea in the inner ear. In most cases, the only form of treatment is via hearing aids or (for profound losses) cochlear implants. In this lecture I will review some of the perceptual consequences of hearing loss, which involve much more than just loss of sensitivity to weak sounds. I will then describe the signal processing that is performed in hearing aids and will consider the extent to which hearing aids “compensate” for hearing loss. Possible avenues for the future will be discussed.

Monday, May 24, 11:00 — 13:00 (Room C2)

AES/APRS—Life in the Old Dogs Yet—Part Two: Quality and Quantity—A Costly Dilemma

George Massenburg, GML LLC
Simon Drake, Naim Label Reocrds
Barry Fox
Rob Kelly, Air/Strongroom Studios
Crispin Murray, Metropolis Mastering

Legendary audio polymath George Massenburg presents his take on the value of aspiring to the heights of quality. This is followed by a panel discussing whether a way can be found to square the circle between the desire to achieve long-term, multi-format, re-exploitable catalog and short-term production cost-cutting?. Clearly, quality is not simply a matter of applying technology. The panel will ponder on how the need to sustain realistic investment in recording budgets may be a challenge to many studio clients and how much do recording costs impact upon quality and success?

Monday, May 24, 20:00 — 22:30

Banquet @ 19:30

This year the Banquet will take place at one of London’s most spectacular and dramatic venues—the Kew Bridge Steam Museum. The museum is set within a magnificent and atmospheric Victorian waterworks, where industry sits side by side with elegance. Guests enter via the Grand Junction Engine House and can enjoy a venue with a difference. Dinner is served inside the Steam Hall while the majestic steam engines work noiselessly around you. The ticket price includes all food and drinks and the bus to the restaurant and back. Buses will leave the Novotel at 19:00 and 19:15.

£ 60 for both members and nonmembers Tickets are available at the Special Events Desk

Kew Bridge Steam Museum

Tuesday, May 25, 11:00 — 13:00 (Room C1)

AES/APRS/MPG Platinum Engineer Behind the Glass

Howard Massey
Chuck Ainlay
Andy Bradfield
Phil Harding
George Massenburg

A look behind the scenes with some of today’s top British and American audio engineers that is sure to be lively and controversial. Topics will include new media and online distribution; the application of legacy (analog) technology in an increasingly digital world; and the critical role played by the engineer in driving both the technical and creative aspects of the recording process.

Howard Massey is a leading audio industry consultant, technical writer, and author of Behind the Glass and Behind the Glass Volume II, two collections of in-depth interviews with top record producers and audio engineers widely used in recording schools the world over. He also co-authored legendary Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick’s acclaimed 2006 memoir, Here, There, and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles.

Tuesday, May 25, 14:00 — 15:45 (Room C2)

AES/APRS—Life in the Old Dogs Yet—Part Three: After the Ball—Protecting the Crown Jewels

John Spencer, BMS CHACE
Chris Clark, British Library Sound Archive
Tommy D, Producer
Tony Dunne, A&R Coordinator, DECCA Records and UMTV/UMR - UK
Simon Hutchinson, PPL
Paul Jessop, Consulant IFI/RIAA
George Massenburg, P&E Wing, NARAS

A fascinating peek into the unspoken worlds of archiving and asset protection. It examines the issues surrounding retrievable formats that promise to future-proof recorded assets and the increasing importance of accurate recordings information (metadata). A unique group of experts from archiving and royalty distribution communities will hear a presentation from John Spencer, from BMS CHACE in Nashville, explaining his work with NARAS and the U.S. Library of Congress to establish an information schema for sound recording and Film and TV audio and then engage in a group discussion. The discussion then moves onto probably the most important topic to impact on the future of the sound and music economies—how to keep what we’ve got and reward those who made it.

Sir George Martin CBE was also awarded an AES Honorary Membership just before this session started. The award was introduced by AES Past President Jim Anderson and presented to Sir George by AES President Diemer de Vries. Click here to watch a video of the presentation.