Mixing Console from Woodstock
New York (October 6, 2009)–Bill Hanley, the legendary recording engineer who captured the original Woodstock festival will be on hand in the Audio History Library booth (#132) to provide an insider’s view of the concert that defined a generation.
The rains may have turned Max Yasgur’s green pastures into a river of mud 40 years ago at Woodstock, but Hanley’s custom-built sound system thrived and survived, using a collection of specially-built mics and a wide assortment of tweaked electronics including 12,000 watts of McIntosh amplification.
The man who helped define the sound of the event, album, and movie, Hanley captured it all using a trailer packed full of multitrack recorders. At AES later this week, he’ll offer his thoughts on the chronology and history of professional audio in general, many chapters of which he either helped write or authored in whole.
Keeping Hanley company in the booth will be Louis Manno, director of the library. A 30-year plus member of the Audio Engineering Society, Manno’s credits include classical music mixing, foley and live sound. He has extensive experience in theater sound reinforcement, residential, and commercial sound system design/installation, as well as film, stage, studio construction, radio broadcasting and record pressing quality control.
Manno is continuing his chairmanship of the AES Convention’s Technical Tours at the Society’s Convention in New York City. His largest project to date, however, is the establishment of the Audio History Library, which is dedicated to the history of the sound industry. “The Audio Industry’s Archive”, the Audio History library’s collection is comprised of facts, figures, photographs and files on over 1200 audio manufacturers from over 34 countries spanning the last 130 years. “The vision and purpose is to reintroduce the knowledge of understanding of the multi_faceted audio history back into social consciousness”, said Lou.
His goal is to build an Internet-accessible digital library and center bringing under one roof all aspects of sound recording, storage, broadcasting and reproduction. Manno is also in the process of expanding the library’s collection of vintage gear, manufacturer’s literature, and other historic artifacts of all description, a task he hopes the library’s presence at AES will help facilitate.
Readying himself for his place on the show floor, Hanley commented, “I am grateful to the Audio History Library for recognizing the wonderful work done on the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of this momentous concert. Please visit the booth as I would love to shed some light on all the other people who worked so hard on this event.”
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