It's a news flash of a different kind as AES announces the hip-hop legend and pioneering turntablist will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Convention in New York City, October 16-19.

New York, NY (September 18, 2019)—Hip-hop icon and innovator Grandmaster Flash will give the opening-day keynote address, “Evolution of the Beat,” at the AES New York Convention on October 16 at 12:00pm.

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Grandmaster Flash is inarguably one of hip-hop’s original innovators. Emerging in the 1970s from the South Bronx in the earliest days of the genre, he manipulated music by placing his fingers on the vinyl, perfecting beat looping, and discovering many of the seminal beats still commonly sampled today. His influence on how music is created has been profound, and it’s no surprise that the New York Times calls him hip-hop’s first virtuoso.

“Hip-hop is unique – an art form that seized upon existing technology and warped its use into a new art form,” says multiple-Grammy-winning producer, engineer, artist and educator Prince Charles Alexander, who will introduce Grandmaster Flash to the AES opening ceremony crowd. “This new genre drove technological innovation, enabling further musical creativity and driving more innovation in a cycle that continues today. AES is delighted that Grandmaster Flash, a pioneer and pacesetter in the hip-hop community, is bringing his unique perspectives to the AES New York opening ceremonies.”

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As part of the convention’s Special Events series, this presentation is open to all AES New York attendees, including those with complimentary Exhibits-Plus passes, free when using code “AES19NOW” at online registration checkout.

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