A rapt audience enjoyed Dr. Charles Limb's keynote speech, "Sound, Hearing and Music: A Journey from the Ears to the Brain." By Clive Young.
The AES Convention is always many things to many people, presenting everything current and cutting edge in the world of pro audio to the thousands of attendees who will walk through the doors of the Jacob Javits Convention Center this weekend.
For exhibitors, it's the time to present both their latest creations and stalwart industry standards. For students, it's the place to get a handle on the ever-changing industry that they're starting to enter. For longtime audio pros, it's a chance to find out about the latest trends and technological advances, and catch up with industry friends. And for presenters at the workshops, panels and papers, it's the opportunity to share crucial insights and hard-won discoveries.
While the exhibition floor opens today, the workshops, papers and more started yesterday, bringing with them a flood of fascinating experiences. The AES Convention Opening Ceremonies and Awards Presentation highlighted some of the best aspects of professional audio today, from awards given to organization volunteers for their hard work and achievements, to a keynote discussing the possible future for cochlear implants.
Following comments presented by Roger Furness, AES executive director; and Jim Kaiser, AES president, opening remarks were provided by 131st Convention Chair Jim Anderson. A slew of awards were then presented by Convention Papers co-chair Agnieszka Roginska, including the Board of Governors Award, the Fellowship Award, Silver Medal Award, Gold Medal Award and Honorary Membership of AES, while fellow Convention Papers co-chair Veronique Larcher listed the Citations. In all, the opening ceremonies saw a full 22 awards presented.
The Board of Governors Award is given for outstanding contributions to the Audio Engineering Society. This award was presented to Karlheinz Brandenburg, Peter Mapp, Jim McTigue, Mark Sandler and Valerie Tyler.
Citations are given in recognition of services or accomplishments that do not fit into any other AES awards category. This award was presented to Gary Gottlieb, Andrew Mayo and Sandra ("Sandy") Requa.
The Fellowship Award is given to a member who has rendered conspicuous service, or is recognized to have made a valuable contribution to the advancement in or dissemination of knowledge of audio engineering or in the promotion of its application in practice. This award was presented to Marc Aubort, Peter Eastty, Geoff Emerick, Steve Green, Harry Hirsch, Michael Lannie, Aki Makivirta, Glenn Meadows, Eugene Patronis (accepted by Charles Hughes), Ronald Prent and Don Puluse.
The Silver Medal Award is given in recognition of outstanding development or achievement in the field of audio engineering and was given to Saul Walker.
The Gold Medal Award is given in recognition of outstanding achievements, sustained over a period of years, in the field of audio engineering. This award was given to Rupert Neve and Phil Ramone.
Honorary Membership of AES is a person of outstanding reputation and eminence in the science of audio engineering or its allied arts and was given to Frank Laico.
The AES Student Technical Papers Award was given to Amandine Pras, while the AES Peer-Reviewed Paper Award went home with Florian Völk.
Closing out the Ceremonies was Dr. Charles Limb's keynote speech, "Sound, Hearing and Music: A Journey from the Ears to the Brain," was followed directly by a discussion between super producer Phil Ramone and engineer/co-producer Dae Bennett on the creation of Tony Bennett's Duets II.
Not all the excitement was reserved for yesterday, however: Today will see piano rocker/producer Ben Folds and folk chanteuse Judy Collins with their own high-profile interviews; countless more workshops, panels and papers; and of course, an exhibit floor jammed to the brim with the latest in pro audio.