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Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences - June 27, 2022

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Ashley Stys (CRAS AES President) initiated the meeting. For introductions, the theme of this week involved everyone's favorite film scores. Classic films and film series were cited, including Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings, and The Matrix. Lesser-known films, such as Requiem for a Dream and O Brother, Where Art Thou? were also named.
Ashley went on to describe AES and its purpose. She strongly advocated joining the organization, gave a breakdown on student discounts for membership fees, and enumerated the many perks afforded to members, such as news, information, activities, discounts, and career resources. Ashley introduced the attendees to our full roster of CRAS AES officeholders: Ashley Stys - President; Tyler "Seven" Miller - Vice President; Gregory Bonini — Secretary, James Shaw -- Vice Secretary; Spencer Halpin and Les Danglar - Techs. An overview of upcoming guest speakers and events was provided: a CRAS grad panel on July 7th, a CRAS Open House on July 9th, Peter Swan of Useful Arts on July 13th, two Mic Builds on July 28th and July 30th respectively, and the long-awaited return to fully onsite classes beginning August 15th.
Ashley promoted the CRAS Mentor Program, an invaluable resource of upper-cycle students devoted to academic success, leadership, and community. Mentors in attendance gave a friendly wave and offered to assist anyone in need of help.
Two current AES subgroups involving sound design and digital composition respectively were advertised. DAW Subgroup leader Teddy Huang excitedly shared the potential involvement of FL Studio creator Image-Line Software.
For industry news, biotechnology startup Frequency Therapeutics' potentially groundbreaking FX-322 and FX-345 drugs was presented. FX-322 and FX-345 are meant to repair sensorineural hearing loss with progenitor cells. These progenitor cells purportedly stimulate the regrowth of damaged stereocilia within the inner ear, theoretically restoring our capacity to perceive frequencies that may have been lost to age or damage. With clinical trials still underway, it will be a matter of time before we understand the full efficacy of these drugs. Nonetheless, this possible breakthrough offers a glimmer of hope for millions of individuals across the globe.
While we did not feature a formal gear share this week, Ashley reminded students that they can check out outboard gear from Project Staff for use in their tracking or mixing sessions. She likewise advertised Sweetwater's annual GearFest, an event featuring seminars, product reveals, and a major sales event.
Ashley then invited students to promote themselves and their talents. One student solicited the services of a rapper.
Following a Kahoot! competition quizzing students on topics from CT100, the meeting officially concluded with networking and socialization.

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