HOLLAND: The AES' 60th birthday in March will be followed in close succession by the organisation's 2008 European Convention, due to take place at the RAI centre in Amsterdam between May 17th and 20th. "The Convention team is organising a programme that is broader than ever, addressing topics for newcomers and experienced professionals alike, as well as discussing audio at the cutting edge," noted AES' executive director, Roger Furness (pictured), writes David Davies.
While all details are still preliminary, the Convention programme is likely to have two key foci: live sound and broadcasting. In the case of the former, the goal is to provide "both beginners in the field and working sound technicians [with] an opportunity to deepen their understanding of this fascinating topic."
Meanwhile, the spotlight on broadcast is due to feature a full workshop on loudness and loudness measurement, along with a presentation boasting the title 'Mix your own New Year's concert'. To be presented by Florian Camerer (Austrian Public Broadcasting Station), the session will examine the different approaches taken by three or four well-known sound engineers to the mixing of the multi-track recordings from a New Year's concert given by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
Other topics in this section are likely to include file-based production in broadcast, and the implications of new EU legislation regarding spectrum access.
Elsewhere, take-up of exhibition space is said to have been rapid. "As in the last year, many exhibitors have been booking really early, and my advice is that visitors should also organise their trips to Amsterdam soon," said Thierry Bergmans, exhibition manager of the European AES-Events. "Particularly the hotel rooms close to the congress centre tend to be sold out the closer the Convention comes, and the cheap flights are around now."
Online pre-registration for the Convention will begin soon. Full event details will be published on the AES website in the near-future, although hotel bookings can be made now through the second link below.