AES Celebrates “The Art Of Audio,” Names Keynote Speaker

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Returning to San Francisco for the first time since 1998, the 117th Audio Engineering Society “Art of Audio”-themed convention hits the Moscone Convention Center, October 28 to 31, 2004. AES executive director Roger Furness reports that an extensive series of tutorials, workshops, papers, exhibits and special events have been developed by “one of the most dedicated and highly professional Convention committees in our history.”

Chaired by John Strawn, the all-volunteer committee began meeting in late 2003 to coordinate the diverse programs, aiming to appeal to thousands of international audio industry professionals.

In addition, the AES Website (www.aes.org) now features comprehensive information on the 117th Convention, including details regarding online registration and housing. Booking accommodations through the AES provides the lowest rates at all official convention hotels, according to the organization. AES Shuttle Services to the San Francisco Moscone Convention Center will also be available at selected hotels.

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Ron Fair

In other convention news, Ron Fair, veteran record man, six-time Grammy nominee and president of A&M Records, will present the keynote speech at the convention at noon on Thursday, October 28.

In his current role as president of A&M Records, Ron Fair oversees an artist roster that includes Sting, Sheryl Crow, the Black Eyed Peas and Vanessa Carlton. He is a 25-year member of NARAS, serving as National Trustee and member of the Board of Governors, and where he remains an active committee member.

For a complete schedule of the 2004 AES Convention, visit www.aes.org.