DAVID ROBINSON NAMED PRESIDENT OF AUDIO ENGINEERING SOCIETYDolby Laboratories senior vice president of technology David Robinson begins his tenure as AES president following the 107th convention. Since Robinson joined the AES in 1967, he has participated in nearly every convention, served as co-chair of the 97th and 105th conventions and was VP International from 1995-1997.
Robinson is a graduate of Cambridge University with an M.A. in natural sciences (physics and electrical engineering). He joined Dolby Labs in 1966 and became chief engineer soon thereafter. In 1976 he was named VP of engineering and has been involved in all aspects of the design, manufacture and marketing of Dolby professional audio equipment and consumer licensing programs.
An author of several technical publications, Robinson is a member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, a contributor to the Focal Encyclopedia of Film & TV Techniques and a member of SMPTE.
ROBIN COXE-SKOLFIELD 1951-1999Robin Coxe-Skolfield, a professor at Berklee College of Music and activist on behalf of women in audio, died of cancer on August 9.
Known professionally as Robin Coxe-Yeldham, she was a senior associate professor at Berklee for 17 years, after being asked by Wayne Wadhams to help develop and establish Berklee's Department of Music Production and Engineering in 1982. She was also a contributing editor to Wadhams' Sound Advice textbook.
In recognition of her efforts, Robin received Berklee's prestigious "Dean of Faculty" award in 1991. In 1995, the AES granted her a special "Granny" award, naming her as "The First Lady in Audio Education in America." Robin focused much of her energy encouraging women to pursue careers in audio, and founded the AES "Women in Audio 2000" project.
Robin's friendly manner, humor and zeal for instilling excellence in her students will not soon be forgotten. She is survived by her daughter, Dakota Coxe-Yeldham; second husband, Simaen Skolfield; mother, Georgia Mattson Coxe; father, Weld Coxe; sister, Sal Coxe; and brother, Donald Coxe.
Contributions can be made in Robin's honor to "Berklee Women in Audio Scholarship," Berklee College of Music, 1140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215.
SDMI SELECTS ARIS TECHNOLOGY FOR WATERMARKINGThe Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) selected an audio watermarking technology for use in the initial screening function to be included in the next generation of portable devices for digital music.
Chosen from a number of competing proposals, the ARIS technology was selected for robustness and listening quality-a number of experts listened to a diverse selection of music samples to ensure that the watermark was inaudible.
The ARIS watermarking technology will be used to indicate when the software used by Phase I portable devices should be upgraded to incorporate new Phase II technology, which will accept new music releases as well as filter out pirated copies of music.
The Phase I screen will be used to look for an embedded watermark, or data signal, in the music. This watermark will not be incorporated until the new Phase II technology is available. Until then, all music compatible with a particular device will be playable, regardless of whether the music is in a protected or unprotected format. When Phase II technology is ready, detection of the watermark will let consumers know that their software can be upgraded to play new music releases.
"With the ARIS system as part of the SDMI requirements, the music and recording industries will have a simple and efficient means to notify consumers that Phase ll technology is available so they can upgrade their devices," said David Leibowitz, president of ARIS Technologies. If the consumer chooses not to upgrade, the device will continue to play all of the music it could play before, including music from existing CDs.
UPCOMING SHOWSThe 141st SMPTE technical conference and exhibition is fast approaching. The show takes place November 19-22 at New York City's Marriott Marquis. Technical sessions include Audio Post Production for DTV, Format Conversion, Networking for Production and many more. To register online visit www.smpte.org.
The Broadcast India '99 Exhibition takes place October 21-23 at the World Trade Center, Mumbai, India. The exhibition is preceded by a one-day symposium on October 20. The show attracts over 160 local and international exhibitors, and attendance is expected to number over 16,000. Visit www.saicom.com/broadcastindia for more information.
Canadian Music Week (CMW2000) happens March 1-5 in Toronto. Held at the Westin Harbour Castle Convention Center and Hotel, the conference includes seminars, debates, keynote speakers and The Music Show, Canada's largest consumer and trade music expo. Visit www.cmw.net for registration info.
The National Association for Music Education will hold its 57th National Biennial Conference in Washington, D.C., March 8-11, 2000. Over 200 symposium workshops, clinics and performances will be devoted to a wide range of music education issues, including early childhood music education and new technologies. For more information, call 800/828-0229.
CORRECTIONSIn the August issue we ran an incorrect phone number for Dunlavy Audio Labs. The correct number is 719/592-1159. We regret the error.
In our Audio Education Directory (August), the e-mail address for the Institute of Audio Research was misprinted. The correct address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, the Audio Recording Technology Institute at 4525 Vineland Road, #201B, Orlando, FL (888/543-ARTI) was not included. Our apologies.
The Mix Foundation for Excellence in Audio has announced the presenters for the 15th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, to be held Saturday, September 25, at the Marriot Marquis in New York City.
Led by the ever-popular master of ceremonies Father Guido Sarducci, confirmed presenters as of press time include Nashville producer/engineer Chuck Ainlay, producer/engineer Jimmy Douglass, engineer Frank Filipetti, producer Phil Ramone, bass players David Santos and T.M. Stevens and producer Tony Visconti.
Ahmet Ertegun will present the Hall of Fame award to Tom Dowd, and Sting will receive the Les Paul Award from Les Paul.
For ticket information, call Karen Dunn at 925/939-6149.