AES Readies Heyser Memorial Lecture

Game audio director and composer Marty O’Donnell (Halo series, other) will deliver the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture at the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention on Friday, October 10, at 7 p.m.
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Acclaimed game audio director and composer Marty O'Donnell, who will be delivering the Heyser lecture at AES137 in Los Angeles.
New York, NY (October 7, 2014)—Game audio director and composer Marty O’Donnell (Halo series, other) will deliver the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture at the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention on Friday, October 10, at 7 p.m.

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The AES convention’s Heyser lecture is served by an endowment that each year brings eminent individuals in audio engineering and related fields to speak on an interesting topic. Past lecturers have included Ray Dolby, Ray Kurzweil, Walter Murch, George Massenburg and Phil Ramone. O’Donnell’s lecture, titled “The Ear Doesn’t Blink: Creating Culture With Adaptive Audio” will draw on his unique perspective from years working in film and commercial music, including developing the audio for Halo, the biggest-selling game soundtrack of all time, as well as the long-awaited title, Destiny, in which he involved the likes of Sir Paul McCartney to create the soundtrack for the much-anticipated game, which hit shelves yesterday.

O’Donnell, who received a Bachelor of Music Composition from Wheaton College Conservatory and a Masters of Music Composition from USC, started an original music and audio production company with Michael Salvatori in the 1980s. From their studio in Chicago, O’Donnell and Salvatori wrote and produced music and audio for hundreds of TV and radio commercials, as well as movie scores. In 1997, they began working on games and did the audio design for Cyan’s Riven: The Sequel to Myst, and all the music and audio for Bungie’s Myth: The Fallen Lords. Marty joined Bungie as full-time Audio Director in May of 2000, ten days before they were purchased by Microsoft, and subsequently wrote and produced award-winning music and audio for the Halo series. In 2007, he helped establish Bungie as an independent game company and built an audio team to work on the upcoming game Destiny. Recently, in collaboration with Salvatori and Sir Paul McCartney, he completed an orchestral/choral suite titled Music of the Spheres. In April of 2014, he started his own company, Marty O’Donnell Music.

“Advances in audio production technology have sparked amazing creative responses from audio artists, musicians and composers. Music and audio can enhance the experience of a consumer in ways that were almost unimaginable 30 years ago. It’s been an incredible personal creative journey,” commented O’Donnell.

AES executive director Bob Moses states, “The annual Heyser Lecture is one of the highlight events of the convention, showcasing a world leader sharing his unique perspective in the field of audio. With the importance of Game Audio in today's A/V food chain, Marty O'Donnell's talk will surely inspire people to step up their game.”

The Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture series was established in May 1999 by the AES Technical Council, the Board of Governors and the Richard Heyser Scholarship Fund to honor the extensive contribution to the Society by Heyser, widely known for his ability to communicate new and complex technical ideas with great clarity and patience. The Heyser Series is an endowment for lectures that bring to AES conventions eminent individuals in audio engineering and related fields.

The 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA from October 9 to 12, 2014. Registration is open for free Exhibits-Plus badges and All-Access badges (http://www.aes.org/events/137/registration).

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