New York, NY (October 18, 2017)—It’s been two years since the annual AES Convention was held in New York City, so audio pros have been waiting patiently to spend four days getting their fill of everything to do with pro sound. This year’s theme, “Maximum Audio,” is apt, as this week finds the Jacob Javits Convention Center packed to the max with gear, workshops, panels, papers, lectures, tech tours and far more.
One of the top draws every year is the Opening Ceremonies. Taking place in Room 1E15/16 at 12:30 PM, the event honors AES members who have made outstanding contributions to the AES in research, scholarship and publications. This year’s ceremonies will be capped with a keynote by Professor Edgar Choueiri of Princeton University, addressing major questions regarding the future of spatial audio and perception in his talk, “Fooled By Audio.”
This year’s convention has learning opportunities for everyone; if it’s something audio pros are interested in, odds are it’s being talked about today. Those ready to dive into immersive audio will surely catch the 3D Audio Tools for Immersive Audio panel at 10:45 a.m. in 1E07. Meanwhile, you’ll find archivists enthralled at a 2 p.m. presentation in the same room discussing the restoration of the eight surviving sound films created in 1913 on Thomas Edison’s short-lived Kinetophone. Meanwhile, students entering the recording field will be bringing their work to the Student Recording Critiques in 1E06 at 4 p.m. to get feedback from industry pros. Practitioners of theatrical sound will have their big day on Thursday when the Broadway Sound Expo takes over Stage 1 on the show floor, but today, odds are that they’ll be checking out part of the Broadcast/Media Streaming track—namely Deconstructing Binaural Macbeth at 2 p.m. in 1E08, demonstrating an approach to streaming content captured by a binaural microphone head. And those who need to get some air will surely dig the Technical Tour excursion to the Rubin Museum at 10 a.m.
Of course, no one goes to an AES Convention without walking the exhibition floor to see the latest and greatest offerings from the people who create the gear you use every day. For all visitors, whether they’re scoping out their next big purchase or have questions that only the folks who made their gear can answer, checking out the show floor is always a must.
Despite all that, the day won’t be done until AES visitors sit in on this year’s Heyser Lecture at 6 p.m. in 1E15/16, presented by Grammy-winning producer/engineer Leslie Ann Jones, director of music recording and scoring, Skywalker Sound. Her talk, ‘Paying Attention,’ will recount the sessions that led to her sizable discography and filmography. As Jones herself noted, “No graphs, no charts, no Powerpoint, okay maybe a few photos, but mostly a retrospective on how my life and career have been sustained and enriched by paying attention.”