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AES Readies Paris Convention Program

The 140th AES Convention will be held in Paris, June 4-7, and the Planning Committee’s aim is to ensure it offers something for everyone in the pro audio industry.

New York, NY (February 4, 2016)—The 140th AES Convention will be held in Paris, June 4-7, and the Planning Committee’s aim is to ensure it offers something for everyone in the pro audio industry.

Michael Williams, co-chair of the Convention, says, “This is probably the most enjoyable part for the organizing team of the Convention, as we bring together all the papers submissions and Workshop and Tutorial proposals into the first draft of the Technical Program. We get a genuine feel about all the research and development that is going on throughout the world. We can truly say that ‘if it’s about Audio, then it’s at AES,’ and this time that’s even more so.”

Papers co-chairs Bergame Periaux, Thomas Goerne, Wolfgang Klippel, Robin Reumers and Dejan Todorovic are reviewing submissions for a series of sessions covering most of the principal areas of research into audio engineering and practice. They have also received at least twenty proposals for Workshops and Tutorials, which are now under consideration by Co-Chairs Natanya Ford and Rob Toulson—and proposals are still coming in. The closing date is 10th February, so potential presenters still have time to get their ideas into the stream.

Already deep in their planning stages are a series of workshops and tutorials on the multichannel and 3D audio reproduction environments, along with binaural listening (the BiLi project), with contributions from Auro 3D, BBC, Conservatoire de Musique de Paris, France Televisions, IRCAM, Orange Labs and Radio France, to name just a few.

Student activities will be a major part of the Convention Program, with most of the student sessions taking place in the Havane Amphitheatre at the Palais des Congres. Most of the student activities such as the Student Delegate Assemblies (1 &2), the Student Recording Competition (1 & 2), and the Critical Listening Sessions will take place in the “Havane,” and for the first time a workshop will be organized on “European Audio Education: Possibilities & Challenges.” The popular Educational Fair is also part of the program, as is the Student Design Competition, for which record submissions are expected.

The Convention Committee is also planning a new innovation under the banner “Audio Projections.” No challenging scientific concepts to get your head around, just a pure listening experience at the end of the afternoon when all you want to do is to sit down and relax. Within this track will be a series of multichannel or 3D audio projections, with contributions from Morten Lindberg (2L, Norway), Hugo Romano Guimarães (Neu Records, Spain), Wilfried van Baelen (Auro 3D, Belgium), Michael Williams (France), and “The World of the Dinosaurs,” based on the work by Prof Weishampel (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, USA) and Jean Luc Herelle (bio-acoustician and natural sound recording engineer in France).

The Exhibition Sales Team is also bringing together important and interesting exhibitors who will showcase the latest in audio technology and practice, and of course the Project Studio Expo and Live Sound Expo, along with a new Broadcast Forum, will again be organized on the show floor. This is all designed to ensure that the AES 140th Convention will be the audio event of the year.

Audio Engineering Society