AES Convention Historical Events Chair Harry Hirsch
New York, NY (October 9, 2013)—This year's annual Historical Events lecture series at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention will help illuminate the past, present and future of audio engineering, with a collection of presentations including The Art of Recording The Big Band, Revisited, which explores the restoring and remastering of the classic Peggy Lee and Nelson Riddle LP, Jump for Joy.
AES Convention Historical Events chair Harry Hirsch, a veteran of 50-plus years as a musician, engineer, producer, studio owner and designer, has guided the AES Convention's Historical Events series numerous times in the past and worked closely with AES Historical Committee co-chair Bill Wray and technical advisor John Chester on the new presentations, just as he has collaborated with them for years on the AES Oral History Project.
Each presentation will reveal intricacies and nuances of key events and technologies from pro audio's past, and in one case will offer a chance to see a decades-old riddle finally solved: As part of Restoring Peggy Lee's Capitol Records Album Jump for Joy, presenter Alan Silverman of Arf! Mastering and the NYU Steinhardt Dept. of Music Technology will examine the answer to a mystery uncovered during the restoration and remaster of the 1959 release, which was one of the first records released by Capitol as a stereo LP.
Additionally, one particular presentation will honor the recently departed. On Friday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m., Ioan Allen, an Academy Award-winning cinema sound pioneer and 44-year veteran at Dolby Laboratories, will present A Tribute to Ray Dolby. Allen will review the singular achievements of Dolby, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 80, as well as his recollections of working closely with Dolby during his lengthy career at the company.
The 135th AES Convention will be held at the Javits Center in New York City from Thursday, October 17 through Sunday, October 20. For more information, visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/historical.
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