New York, NY —
As technological advancement continues to accelerate at an exponential
rate, a key question looms ever closer: what about the human factor?
Technology has enabled remarkable advances in audio with unexplored
wonders yet to come – but what does this mean for listeners? At the
141st AES International Convention’s Thursday Opening Ceremonies keynote
speech on September 29 (12:30 – 2:00 pm), keynote speaker and composer
Ron Jones will explore these considerations in his talk, “Remember the
Human Receptor on the Road to the Future.”
Jones, owner of Stanwood, WA’s SkyMuse Studios and Ron Jones Productions, is the GRAMMY®- and Emmy-nominated composer for Star Trek: The Next Generation, Family Guy, Superman
and more, with over 40,000 compositions to his credit. Jones has
conducted his music with the London Philharmonic, is a member of the
Pacific Northwest chapter of the AES and founded the non-profit Academy
of Scoring Arts in Los Angeles.
Jones’ vision of audio’s future is
clear: “I welcome the new directions where audio production is heading,
but caution everyone in this rapidly changing time to not lose sight of
what all this technology is for: to engage peoples’ emotions using the
art and craft of music.”
Audio is processed very differently than
visual stimuli by the human brain. Audio has deep connections to the
brain’s neural network, connecting directly with neural electro-chemical
transmitters. Without a firm understanding of the “human receptor” –
the listener – new technologies and inventions won’t achieve their
desired effect with people, with content creators and manufacturers, and
with the markets for these products.
But with quantum computing
coming in the not-so-far future, the computing bandwidth of human brains
will be left in the dust. “However, common sense and a solid regard for
how the ‘human receptor’ works will serve as a compass and a wonderful
guide to where the man-machine relationship is headed as the audio
industry rockets forward,” Jones notes. In his work as a composer, his
job is not to tell the story – that’s for the picture, the characters
and the dialog. His job is to engage peoples’ emotions using music. “I
know with a large degree of accuracy how to push emotional buttons in
sync with the picture and the story.”
Additional information about the Thursday, September 29 141st AES opening ceremonies and keynote with Ron Jones is available at http://www.aes.org/events/141/specialevents/?ID=5024.
Find out more about SkyMuse Studios at www.skymusestudios.com.
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