New York, NY (June 8, 2007)–To gear up for the upcoming AES Convention in New York City–October 5-8 in the Javits Center–the 123rd AES Convention Committee began their working meetings in September of last year. All the elements on the Convention–Broadcast, Historical, Live Sound, Master Class, Papers, Platinum, Round Table and Special Events, Student Panels, Technical Tours, Tutorials and Workshops–take almost 15 months to plan and polish.
Returning for his third consecutive turn as East Coast AES Committee Chairman, multi- Grammy-winning producer Jim Anderson recently achieved cult status among students at NYU’s Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music (which he chairs). Appearing on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report with Rolling Stone rock critic Anthony DeCurtis, Peter Frampton, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and Henry Kissinger, Anderson epitomized the leadership qualities he exhibits as AES Committee Chair. “While our meetings rarely reach the levels of jocularity I experienced on The Colbert Report,” Anderson said, “it must be emphasized that Stephen Colbert is a professional satirist. The big laughs generated by our Committee are, for the most part, unintentional.”
Rejoining Anderson on the 2007 AES Committee is an all-star team of Audio Industry pros who are–at this point–deep into the organizational process for the 123rd Convention. David Bialik is celebrating his 19th term as Broadcast Chair. Alex Case is the Tutorials & Workshops Chair; Henry Cohen and John Kilgore are Live Sound co-chairs; Harry Hirsch is Historical Chair; Michael McCoy, Facilities Chair; David Prentice, Special Events Chair; Papers Co-Chairs are Agnieszka Roginska and Veronique Larcher; Technical Tours Chair is Lou Manno; and Master Class Chair is Alan Silverman.
Commenting on the dedication and energy devoted by Committee members to developing stellar conventions, AES Executive Director Roger Furness remarked, “Each year this Committee is challenged to raise the bar beyond standards set by previous conventions. Amazingly, the diversity of the events, the numbers of attendees and exhibitors, and the overall level of quality actually does increase year after year. There is no way of adequately compensating Committee members for the time and effort they devote to the Convention, so it is particularly important to acknowledge their volunteer status.”