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AES Show 2020 Student Recording Competition Silver Winner - Ivan Cheung

 

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

I'm from Hong Kong and I study music production & engineering at the Berklee College of Music

 

  1. What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?

My passion for audio started all because my parents bought a Yamaha Clavinova when I was a kid that had 3 crucial functions - a huge library of instrument samples that I could use the keys to perform with, the ability to record multiple layers of such sounds, and then being able to save and play them back. Essentially having the core functionality of a modern DAW, 12-year-old me began to think: "Well, now that this keyboard can record not just me playing a cover of a song on the keys, but I could also record myself finger drumming and doing other wacky crazy synthesizer sounds over it, I could literally re-arrange music or even re-imagine my favorite music with different melodies and instrumentation."

 

After recording myself playing different instruments together and listening to it being played back, I thought to myself, "Gee, I feel like I can't hear the drums at all because the piano I played is so loud. I wonder if I could adjust the volume of just the drums, instead of turning the whole damn thing down." To my surprise (as I was fiddling around with the Clavi's software settings), I found volume controls for the individual instruments that I had recorded - essentially a basic mixer. And then from that point on, I knew I had dropped into a HUGE rabbit hole.

 

  1. 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 story behind the production is that my artist, Lina Cooper (who I had met and befriended through having worked on music with a couple of her friends), really wanted to go for chart-topping modern pop production style - which, prior to this submission, I had never done before. I instantly saw that as an opportunity to really sit down and refine my skills as a producer and engineer, and approached her about producing one of her songs. Luckily, she was in the works of writing a song that really captured her life story as a tragic singer-songwriter with all the hardships she faces in this vast industry. She has this huge and unique imagination [that lets her] really outshine the competition. In a time when pop is quickly being dominated by darker and grittier stories of breakups and problems, I wanted to take that a step further and really craft the auditory experience to be an inspiring, dreamy, and uplifting one, but also one that inspires all types of audiences regardless of their background. Lina & I worked on the track for about a year total, going through tons of revisions, and the last quarter of it was done with my submission partner JM for the mixing process. And yes, this is my first entry in the AES student recording competitions.

 

  1. What/Who made you join AES?

I went to AES NYC in 2019 to see the physical show, as I knew some of my Berklee friends were also planning on going. Little did I know that I would also see the girl I liked (at the time, who is now amazingly my girlfriend) not only attending, but also participating in the AES student recording competition. By winning gold alongside her partner in the traditional recording sub-category, I became inspired by her boldness and confidence to compete. Thus I figured I'd try my hand at seeing how well I'd do alongside the rest of the world's production / engineering students.

 

  1. Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 149th AES convention online.

Honestly, it was all about the talks and interviews for me. Gaining insight from the masters, be it production or mixing tips from their experiences, has always been a big plus for me at the two AES conventions I have attended. That level of insight and, especially, the ability to ask questions as well is not something I can find anywhere else to such a consolidated and comprehensive degree.

 

Posted on November 24, 2020 at 6:00:00 AM EST



AES Show 2020 Student Recording Competition Silver Winner Mie Hirschfield

 

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

My name is Mie Hirschfield. I'm originally from North Carolina, but I'm currently studying Sound Recording at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

 

  1. What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?

I've always had a passion for music. I've played violin since I was four years old and I received both my Bachelor's and Master's degree in violin performance while freelancing in different orchestras and chamber ensembles; I've been immersed in the classical music world for a long time. In 2018, I had the opportunity to take the courses for McGill University's qualifying year for the Sound Recording Master's degree, and was accepted into the program. I found that working in audio is refreshing because you get to focus on the entire picture rather than just a small part of it. I've been fascinated by how various audio technologies can capture different timbres and qualities of an instrument, and how it changes the character of the recording. 

 

  1. 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 a recording of the McGill Symphony Orchestra and soloist Tyler Song performing Mozart's iconic clarinet concerto. It was recorded during a concert in January of 2020, and remixed for about three weeks in July. Although the concert was performed twice, this concerto was only played on the first night so there was only one chance to get it right. This is my second entry to the AES recording competition. 

 

  1. What/Who made you join AES?

My fantastic professors Richard King, Martha DeFrancisco, George Massenburg, and Wieslaw Woszcyk encouraged all their students to join AES, so I joined as soon as I started at McGill. Since then, I've had the opportunity to serve in the AES McGill Student Section. I love being a part of this community of audio-minded people. 

 

  1. Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 149th AES convention online.

It was really humbling and rewarding to receive feedback from the incredible engineers on the judges panel. Being able to hear from such respected professionals in the industry was a really unique and special experience. 

 

Posted on November 18, 2020 at 6:00:00 AM EST



Winners of AES Show 2020 Student Competitions!

 We are honored to announce the winners of Student Competitions! 

 

Student Recording Competition:

Category 1 (Audio): 

Sub-Category 1 (Traditional Acoustic):

Judges

Lisa Nigris, Nick Squire, Fei Yu

Sub-Category 2 (Traditional Studio):

Judges

           Michael Caporizzo, Brian Masterson, Robin Reumers

 

Sub-Category 3 (Modern Studio):

 

Judges

           Jennifer Nulsen, Alex Perialas, Liz Teutsch

Category 2 (Sound for Visual Media):

 

Judges

           Kris Górski, Luke Klingensmith

 

Category 3 (Remix):

Judges

           Dan Cantor, Rob Grimaldi, Wes Maebe

 

Category 4 (Immersive Audio):

Judges

           Tomasz Ciotucha, Daniel Deboy, Amandine Pras

 

Saul Walker Student Design Competition:

Judges

           Jamie Angus, Dave Hill, EveAnna Manley, George Massenburg, Tomas Zernicki

 

MATLAB Plugin Competition:

Judges

           Jamie Angus, Joshua Hodge, Jihad Ibrahim, Christos Pangiotopoulos, Stefania Serafin


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Posted on October 27, 2020 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



AES149 Design Competition D-Brief contest

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.

Do you have any concerns whether project or abstract are worthy of submission? Do you have any questions or doubts about what could be improved or changed? Do you feel you don't know how to prepare your final submission and presentation?
 
Submit your Design Competition abstract to improve your Design Competition enrty and for the chance to win free AES Show 2020 registration for you and your team!
 
Details can be found in the link below:
 

More Information about D-Brief

Posted on August 7, 2020 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



Student Recording Competition Silver Award Winner Stefan Damian

Stefan Damian won Silver for his submission in the Modern Studio category.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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 on July 30, 2020 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



Student Recording Competition Bronze Winner Joris Fernandez

Joris Fernandez won Bronze for his submission in the Remix category.

 

  1. 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!

 

  1. 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! 

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. What/Who made you join AES?

    My teacher, Layan Clifford Thornton!

 

  1. 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 on July 28, 2020 at 6:00:00 AM EDT


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