AES Warsaw 2015

Thursday, May 7, 13:00 — 14:00 (Room: Balowa)

Opening Ceremonies
Keynote Speech

Florian Camerer, ORF - Austrian TV - Vienna, Austria; EBU - European Broadcasting Union
Bozena Kostek, Gdansk University of Technology - Gdansk, Poland; Audio Acoustics Lab.
Andres A. Mayo, Andres Mayo Mastering & Audio Post - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Bob Moses, AES - Vashon Island, WA, USA
Frank Wells, Pro Sound News - Murfreesboro, TN, USA; Pro Audio Review, Music Festival Business
Umberto Zanghieri, ZP Engineering S.r.L. - Rome, Italy

Opening Remarks:
• Executive Director Bob Moses
• President Andres Mayo
• Convention Chairs Bozena Kostek & Umberto Zanghieri
• AES Awards Presentation by Frank Wells, Awards Chair
• Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Convention Chair
• Keynote Address

The Keynote Speaker is Florian Camerer. The title of his address is "Zen and the Art of Listening."

The world in 2015 is a noisy place. Car traffic, airplanes, construction sites, cellphone ringtones, music and muzak everywhere, … There is little chance to escape the constant beating of our eardrums. This has many consequences, not only for professional audio engineers, but for daily life, for relationships, for communication, for our sense of detail, for attentiveness, for subtlety. In this talk, focus will be put on raising the awareness for listening instead of hearing, for timing out instead of burning out, for opening the senses to receive something that is at the heart of communication since millennia: a story.


Thursday, May 7, 18:15 — 20:00 (Room: Balowa)

Paris Live Recording versus Warsaw Live Performance

Andrew Lipinski, Lipinski Sound Corporation - Linden, VA, USA; Lipinski Royal Fidelity - Warsaw, Poland
Wieslaw Woszczyk, McGill University - Montreal, QC, Canada

Should live performance be a reference for creating a sound illusion in recording? To address this question Andrew Lipinski—a renowned Polish engineer/producer—will present his 8.0 channel high-resolution surround sound recording with height information, made during a live public concert in Paris. Both the Paris recording and the Warsaw live concert will feature the same artists as well as the same keyboard instrument. Chopin Songs will be performed by world-class Polish artists: Ewa Izykowska (soprano) and Wojciech Switala (piano). In 2010, the 200 anniversary of Chopin’s birth, Lipinski took upon himself the task of recording Chopin Songs in one of only two remaining authentic concert venues where Chopin had originally performed: the Conservatory of Music in Paris. This Paris recording features the single existing original instrument on which Chopin performed, the Pleyel 1843 grand piano, which is still in absolutely perfect condition. For the Warsaw concert, an identical Pleyel 1843 will be used, although the instrument in Warsaw has been renovated. The same piano tuner prepares both instruments. The Paris recording was filmed in HD and published on Blu-ray disc with 96 kHz/24 bit, 8.0 surround sound containing three channels of height information. Andrew employed his own analog electronics with only seven discrete transistors working in pure class A between the microphone diaphragm and the analog-to-digital conversion. During this A/B presentation Andrew will share with the audience his best practices and will speculate on where a purist recording technology will likely evolve.


Friday, May 8, 19:30 — 20:30 (Off-Site 1)


Organ Concert

Francis Rumsey, Logophon Ltd. - Oxfordshire, UK

Francis Rumsey will be giving an organ recital during the 138th Convention in Warsaw at the Field Cathedral of the Polish Army.
The Field Cathedral of the Polish Army (Polish: Katedra Polowa Wojska Polskiego, also known as the Church of Our Lady Queen of the Polish Crown) is the main garrison church of Warsaw and the representative cathedral of the entire Polish Army. In the past the church served a variety of communities and roles: it used to be the church of the Collegium Nobilium and in the 19th century was also turned into a Russian Orthodox church. Currently all major military religious feasts in Warsaw are held there.

It is located on Dluga Street 13/15, opposite the Heroes of the Warsaw Uprising Monument and Krasinski Square, close to Warsaw's Old Town.

Musical selections will include: Bach (from Clavierübung III, Prelude in E flat (St Anne), Christe alle welt trost, Fugue (St Anne)); Mendelssohn (Sonata VI); Karg-Elert (Nun Danket Alle Gott).

organ specs


Saturday, May 9, 18:15 — 19:15 (Room: Balowa)


Heyser Lecture

Ilpo Martikainen, Genelec Oy - Mäntylahti, Finland

The Richard C. Heyser distinguished lecturer for the 138th AES Convention is Ilpo Martikainen. Born in 1947, Martikainen studied applied electronics, digital techniques, and acoustics in Helsinki University of Technology and received M.Sc. and D.Sc (Tech.) h.c. degrees in 1977 and 2008, respectively. Dr. Martikainen worked as Managing Director at KLT Electronics Oy from 1972 to 1977 and founded Genelec Oy in 1978, where he worked as Managing Director until 2005, and as Chairman since 2006. Dr. Martikainen has been involved in tens of speaker
designs and his current interests include new transducers. Dr. Martikainen is Fellow of AES and holds several patents. The title of his lecture is “Monitoring Loudspeakers —Can They Be Truthful Quality Control Tools?”

Monitoring speakers are quality control tools, which should give a truthful acoustical presentation of the electrical signal in question. Over the decades this goal has been approached with different means. This presentation looks what the technical means have been since 1940s in different parts of the world and whether the evolution has converged towards some solutions giving sustainable value to the industry. The future trends are also discussed.


Saturday, May 9, 20:30 — 23:30 (Off-Site 1)


The Restaurant and Gallery Freta

This year, the Banquet will be held in one of the trendiest venues in Warsaw—in the charming Old Town / New Town district. The Restaurant and Gallery Freta combines culinary artistry with artistic ambiance of an art gallery, full of classic pieces of furniture and modern pieces of art.

The AES banquet will use three rooms, the main hall “Patio” on the ground floor with a glamorous glass roof, together with two adjacent halls. The Arkady Room divided with a stylish bar creates a relaxing climate for conversations, while Gray Hall, an intriguing room with unusual Parisian charm, can be also used by those who want to smoke.
Tasty hot and cold food will be served in a buffet style—so we all can move around and meet people.

How to get there:
From Sofitel hotel it’s a 20 minute walk through the scenic street named Krakowskie Przedmiescie and through the charming Old and New Town districts. It is also possible to get there by bus nr 116, 178, 195 going to Franciszkanska street (four stops), then take a five minute walk down Franciszkanska street to Freta street, nr 39.

Tickets cost 60€ and can be purchased at the registration desk. Transportation is not included.


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