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Student Recording Competition Winner Alex Bohn

Alex Bohn won Silver for his submission in the Traditional Studio category.

Alex Bohn won Silver for his submission in the Traditional Studio category.


  1. 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. 


  1. 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.


  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 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. 


  1. 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.


  1. 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

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