San Francisco (October 26, 2004)–A Surround Live Symposium will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, October 27 in the Julia Morgan Ballroom of the Merchants Exchange Building in San Francisco as part of the 117th AES Convention.
The day-long event will be devoted exclusively to live multichannel surround sound. According to AES Convention Chairman John Strawn, “Not since the introduction of the Compact Disk has a new sound recording format made so dramatic an impact on the industry. Symposium chair Fredrick J.Ampel of Technology Visions has developed an outstanding panel which will explore the many facets contributing to Surround’s on-going technological and commercial success.”
SURROUND LIVE II – MORE SURROUND!
Panelists: David Claringbold, Sydney Opera House, Australia; Kurt Graffy, Arup Acoustics Dave Haydon, Outboard Electronics; Randy Hoffner, ABC Television; Mark Hood, Echo Park Studios, Bloomington IN; Jonathan Laney-Talaske, Chicago, IL.; Michael Leahy, EGR Software and Riccardo Mazza, School of High Musical Specialization, Saluzzo, Italy will participate in the interactive workshop. The event is a continuation of a popular AES Surround Live event held for the first time at the 2003 Convention in NYC.
The workshop brings together working professionals from the performance, Broadway theater, broadcast, environmental audio, fine arts and related technology sectors to discuss the issues and technological challenges created by presenting music, drama, art and cultural exhibitions in full multichannel surround formats. Combining formal presentations with live/pre-recorded performances, attendees will experience the process of creating and presenting multi-channel audio for a variety of live applications. Ampel commented, “A primary theme of the event is the exploration of how immersing an audience in the sound field and keeping them closer to the sound system can enhance the experience for both audience members and performers.”
Event sponsorship and technical support provided by: Berkeley, CA-based Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. (www.meyersound.com); Epsom, Surrey UK & Mt. Pleasant, SC-based DIGICO (www.digiconsoles.com); Niles, IL-based Shure Inc. (www.shure.com); Bedford, MA-based Lexicon Inc. (www.lexicon.com). Promotional support is provided by: Pro Sound News/prosoundnews.com, Prosoundweb.com, and Live Sound International Magazine; Event Support audio mixing and control by: the legendary Buford Jones; Technical layout and on-site coordination and tons of other stuff by: David Dennison of dbdave.com. The Surround Live II Performers are No Parking from San Francisco, and Event Coordination and publicity has been provided by Frank Wells, Pro Sound News and Julie and Keith Clark ProSoundWeb and Live Sound International.
A complete schedule of AES 117th Convention events may be found at www.aes.org.