AES New York 2017 Attendees Experience Maximum Audio in the Big Apple

– Hundreds of tech sessions and exhibitors provided myriad opportunity for throngs of attendees to Listen, Learn and Connect –
Declared a rousing success by attendees, exhibitors, presenters and sponsors alike, the AES New York 2017 Convention once again hosted the year’s largest annual contingent of pro audio professionals, students, and enthusiasts at the Jacob Javits Center, October 18 – 21. Convention co-chairs Agnieszka Roginska and Paul Gallo, along with numerous convention organizers and volunteers, provided the programming and events spanning the four days of audio presentations, discussion panels, and three-day gear exhibition. Additionally, co-location at the Javits Center with the NAB New York show created an additional edge, bringing in an even more diverse attendee base to the premier professional audio education and networking event of the year.
Total registration for the 143rd International Convention eclipsed that of last year’s Los Angeles Convention. With 15,590 registrants, AES New York 2017 registrations were 24% higher than final registration for AES LA 2016 (where 12,540 registrations were tallied, including those for the parallel AVAR Conference).  The quality of the technical program in New York drew over 40% more All Access attendees than in Los Angeles last year, setting a new milestone.
“I’ve never been so proud of our team and of an AES Convention as I am after the amazingly successful AES New York 2017,” said AES Executive Director Bob Moses. “Words don’t come close to conveying the admiration I have for every member of the Convention committee and every member of the AES staff and our volunteers. Attendees and the Convention exhibitors and sponsors offered unsolicited praise for the entire convention experience, from the technical program to the exhibition hall. Our co-location experience with The NAB Show New York proved that working with collaborative partners can be mutually beneficial and still allow each organization to retain its unique and independent identity.”
With the theme of Maximum Audio, AES New York brought a diverse array of special events and prominent industry names and technologies into the spotlight. In addition to the opening Diversity Town Hall meeting and Keynote Speech by Prof. Edgar Choueiri, the Heyser Lecture given by renowned, award-winning engineer and producer Leslie Ann Jones, and numerous other featured events, AES New York offered well over 200 technology presentations including 700 presenters and a half-dozen offsite Tech Tours, as well as 260-plus brands exhibiting the latest gear and services on the AES Exhibition floor. Further exhibition floor events featured the return of the Project Studio Expo and Live Sound Expo, as well as the addition of the new Broadway Sound Expo, Broadcast Audio Expo, Software@AES presentations, and three days of AES Mix with the Masters workshops.
AES New York Convention research papers and E-briefs can be found online in the AES E-Library, and recordings of the convention presentations and proceedings will soon be online as part of the AES Live: Videos collection. Full E-Library access is a benefit enjoyed by all AES members. Additional photos and convention news will be posted to the site, as well as other AES social media channels.
“At the close of the exhibition on Friday,” added Moses, “the hall was still packed when the lights were dimmed. Attendance in the technical program sessions continued unabated on the final day of the Convention, which included another first: the Immersive Audio Super Saturday event, offering binaural and 9.1 experiences throughout the day. As we continue to develop content that spans all of the audio disciplines, and offers pioneering insights into emerging technologies, we hope that you will join us, as a member and as an attendee, at our events throughout the coming year.”

Next up, the Audio Engineering Society returns to the west coast for the AES@NAMM Pro Sound Symposium, Live and Studio, to be held in NAMM’s education campus, adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center, during The 2018 NAMM Show, which runs January 25 – 28, 2018 ( This first-of-its-kind education and training event is a collaboration with NAMM, bringing AES expertise to AES@NAMM attendees while offering registrants access to the NAMM exhibition. The AES celebrates its 70th Anniversary as the Society returns to the Javits Center in New York for AES New York 2018, the 145th AES International Convention, taking place October 17 – 20, 2018, co-located once again with The NAB Show New York. Visit for AES event updates throughout the year. 

Source: AES News

AES Celebrates UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, Friday, October 27, 2017, with Conference Scholarship

To celebrate UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (Friday, October 27, 2017), the Audio Engineering Society has established a scholarship to cover travel and registration costs to fund participation by an audio archivist from an emerging nation in the 2018 AES International Conference on Audio Archiving, Preservation and Restoration. The conference will take place June 28 to 30, 2018, at the United States Library of Congress’ National Audio Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC) in Culpeper, Virginia, USA.
“This event presents a remarkable opportunity to bring researchers and practitioners together for three days to discuss critical preservation issues and to focus on strategies that will support and encourage collaboration and interoperability between industry and the preservation, restoration and archiving communities,” said Conference Chair John Krivit. “To serve the mission of UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, we want to make it possible for a deserving audio archivist to gain knowledge they can bring home to aid the preservation of the audio artifacts of a language and culture.”
With a theme of “Discover, Remember and Share,” UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization) World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is a commemoration of the adoption, in 1980 by the 21st General Conference, of the Recommendation for the Safeguarding and Preservation of Moving Images. The vision for the event also encapsulates the motivation behind AES’s technical Conference on Audio Archiving, Preservation and Restoration. “Audiovisual archives tell us stories about people’s lives and cultures from all over the world,” states the event website. “They represent a priceless heritage which is an affirmation of our collective memory and a valuable source of knowledge since they reflect the cultural, social and linguistic diversity of our communities. They help us grow and comprehend the world we all share. Conserving this heritage and ensuring it remains accessible to the public and future generations is a vital goal for all memory institutions as well as the public at large.”
Topics for the AES’s Conference on Audio Archiving, Preservation and Restoration will include object-based preservation & material science, handling and storage of audio carriers, new developments in material research, preservation by digitization, mechanical vs. optical transfer, restoration of obsolete disc formats, preservation issues for emerging high-end audio formats, preserving legacy professional formats (including multitrack tapes and obsolete digital formats), storage and access technology, current status and future development of digital archives, metadata, aesthetic considerations in digital restoration of historical audio, public/private collaboration for preservation and access, and considerations for archiving in preserving commercial audio. The conference program will include a tour of the NAVCC.
For more information about the 2018 AES Conference on Audio Archiving, Conservation and Restoration, and the call for contributions, visit Guidelines for applying for the scholarship will be posted at that site on November 1, 2017.

For more information on UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, visit 

Source: AES News

Interesting article about musicians making money vs selling out

You don’t here much about musicians “selling out” anymore and thats probably just a reality of the business there days. What once was called “selling out” is just what artists need to do these days to make a living.


Music may help patients with Alzheimer’s disease

From the article.

Music listening therapy may relieve stress, reduce anxiety, and lessen agitation in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, music could boost mood, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function, and help coordinate motor movements.

That all sounds about right to me.

Forget instruments — use your hand motions to make music

Being from another generation this doesn’t sound quite as satisfying as playing in a band with other musicians but it’s a pretty interesting concept. Or maybe you can play this in a band, you’d be the person who looks locked in the matrix.