US: Studio legend Chris Stone will be the keynote speaker at AES 125, writes David Davies. In other news relating to the organisation's next US Convention - to be held in San Francisco this October - it has been announced that John Strawn and Valerie Tyler will serve as event co-chairs. While Strawn is arguably best-known as a co-founder of Yamaha Music Technologies USA, Tyler is an acclaimed audio editor and freelance live sound engineer.
In a presentation to be entitled 'The Artist Owns the Industry', Chris Stone (pictured) - co-founder of the New York Record Plant, a prime mover behind the Society of Professional Audio Recording Studios (SPARS) and currently CEO of the World Studio Group - will explore what it takes to succeed during an era in which an increasing number of artists create their music at home, forsaking high-cost commercial facilities and the input of veteran producer/engineers. The address will be given as part of the opening ceremonies in the Moscone Center Special Events Hall on October 2nd.
AES has also confirmed the committee line-up for the 125th Convention: David Bialik (broadcast session chair), John Tidsbury and Dottie Kreps (education events co-chairs), Bob Megentz (facilities chair), Tamara Horacek (historical events chair), Bob Lee and Jonathan Novick (live sound events co-chairs), Jim McTigue and Conrad Cooke (master classes/tutorials co-chairs), Rob Maher and Veronique Larcher (papers co-chairs), Paul Verna (platinum panels chair), David Harris (workshops chair), David Bowles (tech tours chair) and Teabee Dee (special events chair/volunteer coordinator).
Set to take place at San Francisco's Moscone Centre from October 2nd to 5th, the 125th AES Convention will see a continuation of the organisation's diamond anniversary celebrations and a conscious attempt to appeal more directly to the electrical engineering and broadcast communities.
"You will definitely see broadcasting, live sound and audio equipment design tracts of activities in the programme," AES executive director Roger Furness tells PSN-e, adding that the full programme is likely to be published in the second week of July.
The call for papers is now underway and the AES' proposal site can be accessed via the link below, where information about the Student Paper Competition can also be found.
Web » www.aes.org/events/125