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PSNPresents5: musing on Mumblegate and more!

Producers Andy Wright, Ian Dowling and TommyD raised a glass to a top night of talk

The audience were once more left amused and informed at the fifth PSNPresents ‘chat and social networking’ event, held in central London on Tuesday 6 June.

First-half host Phil Ward recounts his first-hand experience: “Our three producers really delivered,” says the former editor of PSNEurope and now much sought-after columnist.

“Andy Wright recounted days in a van for Keyboardhire, getting all the MIDI kit to work together in the days before we can take all that for granted, as well as getting your head around a session for S Club 7 one day and Jeff Beck the next – plus an inspiring trip up the River Amazon with David A Stewart.

“Then Ian Dowling told us how he got started at Strongroom before landing a full-time job engineering for Jim Abbiss and picking up a grammy for Adele’s 21. Finally, and unforgettably, Tommy D roused the audience with tales of the origins of The Ministry Of Sound, how to DJ a Jordanian royal wedding and why Corinne Bailey Rae’s gentle acoustic guitar is no different from a room full of techno-ravers: whatever makes everyone happy with the result, do it.

“All agreed that 3D/360 audio is the next big challenge, and if it proves to be a headache we need to drink lots of Tommy’s 808 whisky to get through it…”

Barney Jameson, of agency The Inside Story, hosted the second half of the night, which, in line with the concurrent MediaTech 360 event organised by TVBEurope, had more of a broadcast focus.

“PSNPresents was a great success, delving into the roots of broadcast sound, hearing about the latest developments and exploring what can go wrong and why,” comments Jameson.

“Catherine Robinson, audio supervisor for BBC Wales, discussed her work in developing binaural broadcasts across BBC radio and TV, including a special edition of the Doctor Who episode Knock Knock.

“Eddie Veale of Veale Associates regaled the audience with tales of working with John Lennon on Imagine, and then offered his unique perspective on the future of broadcast and how to solve issues such as the much publicised ‘Mumblegate’.

“Finally, Mark Briscoe, head of audio for Salford-based production house dock10, discussed how dock10 and MediaCityUK are helping to reshape the broadcast and post production landscape in the UK. He also offered an insider’s view of the ‘Mumblegate’ controversy, explaining how events surrounding award-winning police drama Happy Valley also caused consternation amongst viewers, while exploring the difficulties in producing high quality broadcast audio when viewers watch on a huge variety of devices, from a plasma screen to a smartphone.”

Of course, the conversation continued afterwards in the bar…

Watch for video footage of the event, available on the PSNEurope website soon!