— One of AES’s most popular presenters will lead four sessions and participate in two more panels at audio industry’s biggest event —
New York, NY
— Alex Case, Associate Professor of Sound Recording Technology at the
University of Massachusetts Lowell and AES Incoming President-Elect,
will lead four panels and participate in two others at the 139th AES
International Convention, to take place at the Javits Center in New
York, October 29 – November 1. Case’s panels will help kick-off each
morning of the Convention with an entertaining series of presentations
that will both study, and celebrate, the art and science of audio. Come
early to claim your space at these popular events, and to make the most
of your four full days of AES 139th Convention programs and exhibition.
has dedicated his life to the studies of aesthetics, perception, signal
processing, electro-acoustics and room acoustics for the creation and
enjoyment of recorded music. A Fellow of both the Audio Engineering
Society and the Acoustical Society of America, Case is an educator,
engineer and author with degrees in mechanical engineering, music and
acoustics who works at the intersection of audio art and science.
Here’s a rundown of the sessions Case will be participating in:
Thursday, October 29, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Vox Pop – Transducer Technologies and Their Connection to Vocal Performance Techniques
will present this seminar on recording the all-important lead vocal.
For the first century of recording, the fidelity of the recorded voice
was hindered by technological limitations, but current mics and gear
provide far better fidelity and a dazzling array of creative choices.
Case points out what we might learn from audio history to drive our
decisions in getting the right vocal sounds today.
Friday, October 30, 9:00 – 10:30 am
80s Redux – The Science Behind the Sound of Gated Drums, Yesterday and Today
drums were one of the defining sounds of the 80s and the effect – part
serendipity, part engineering technique – is still relevant today.
Historically, the effect was often overdone – presenter Case wants you
to hear it in its present-day form and how gated drums can work
extremely well in a contemporary mix.
Saturday, October 31, 9:00 – 10:30 am
Counter Clockwise – The Aesthetic Wonder and Technical Merit of Sounds Played Backwards
one of the most ear catching if unnatural effects in pop music – the
sound of audio played backwards. There will be no secret hidden messages
in this seminar presented by Case, just a demonstration of the strong
musical value, artistic expression and intriguing technical and
perceptual advantages of backwards recording.
Saturday, October 31, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Saul Walker – The Rocket Scientist in the Recording Studio
will moderate this session with Saul Walker, co-founder and chief
engineer of API and creator of the first 500 Series audio modules. He is
also the inventor of the 2520 Op-Amp, which paved the way for modern
audio technology. Walker was formerly a rocket scientist who designed
digitally controlled spectrum analyzers for NASA and the US Navy and
Sunday, November 1, 9:00 – 10:30 am
Righting a Wrong – Distortion, From Recording Accident to Rock and Roll Requirement
obsess – as well they should – about proper gain staging and careful
equipment calibration and maintenance, lest distortion should
accidentally corrupt the audio. On the other hand, engineers embrace the
deliberate use of distortion to express musical feelings that can’t be
conveyed without it. Distortion has become de rigueur for so many styles
of pop music, and presenter Case will cover the creation of distortion
and the technical and artistic ways to make it most effective.
Sunday, November 1, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Analyzing and Recording Soundscapes: Theory and Applications
total sonic palette of the environment at a particular location that
conveys identity and meaning is known as its soundscape. The particular
immersive quality of a soundscape is the combination of the sounds of
people, animals and nature and is of great interest from musical,
naturalistic, community, legal and political perspectives. Case will be
part of a distinguished panel that will bring together experts in the
field to address their particular work and its implications for the
audio engineering industry and the world community.
“Alex Case has
presented many of the most popular sessions at AES in recent years, and
we are delighted to have him share his knowledge and experiences with
attendees on all four days of the 139th AES,” said Jim Anderson, AES
Convention Co-Chair and Special Events Coordinator. “He has an engaging
personality, a captivating presentation style and above all, an
encyclopedic grasp of the art and science of recording.”
Additional information about the sessions with Alex Case is available at http://www.aes.org/events/139/presenters/?ID=3593.
For further information on Alex Case visit:
Blog: recordingology - The Study of Recording
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