US: A grand total of 20,674 visitors attended this year's AES US Convention, held at New York City's Jacob Javits Convention Center earlier this month. The event – which featured over 445 exhibits and 150 conference sessions – attracted approximately 5% more visitors than the last New York convention in 2005, writes David Davies.
"It was a very successful Convention – certainly the most successful since 9/11 and probably one of the most successful ever in terms of attendance, enthusiasm on the exhibition floor and high attendance at conference sessions," AES executive director Roger Furness tells PSN-e. "Some of the sessions – [Geoff Emerick's] Sgt. Pepper's 40th anniversary presentation or the event on 30 years of [studio] the Power Station – were full to overflowing."
123rd Convention Committee chairman and AES president-elect Jim Anderson also picked up on the Emerick session as one of the standout events. "With every seat filled and not a spare inch of leaning space, Emerick's blend of technical insights and personal observances of the Fab Four constructing their masterwork were unforgettable," he observed.
Two of the conference programme's main foci – broadcasting and live sound – are now set to be translated to the next European Convention, which is scheduled to take place at the Amsterdam RAI from May 17th to 20th.
"We want to try and make the emphasis more global, so what we were emphasising in Vienna continues in New York then in Amsterdam and San Francisco," explains Furness.
Deadline for submission of papers for the next European Convention is December 17th. Take-up for the accompanying exhibition is said to be rapid, with about 40% of stand space already sold, a development that Furness describes as "a superb response_very encouraging."
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