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127th AES Convention Charts Daily Lunchtime Keynotes

First Sounds founder David Giovannoni

“We have crystallized an ideal method for maximizing our educational and networking options,” says Audio Engineering Society 127th Convention Chair Agnieszka Roginska. In a continuation of a successful program inaugurated at the 2007 Convention, Dr. Roginska has announced that in addition to the October 9 Keynote address to be presented at the opening ceremonies by Peabody award-winning broadcaster Bill McGlaughlin, the 127th Convention will present three daily Keynote programs.

“The wealth of intellectual and technical talent attracted to AES events is exemplified by our Lunchtime Keynote Program,” Dr. Roginska explains. “Beyond our Papers, Workshops, Tutorials and other events, these presentations provide a less formal but equally informative opportunity for attendees to benefit from the knowledge and experience of some of the most unique intellects in our field. These Daily Keynotes exemplify the intrinsic value of the AES.”

The featured presentations are:

Saturday, October 10, 1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m.
Before Edison, Part 2—Recovering (and Reinterpreting) the World’s Earliest Sound Recordings. Moderator David Giovannoni (pictured), founder of First Sounds, rewrote history last year with the recovery of one of mankind’s first vocal recordings circa 1860. This year Giovannoni returns to report the discovery of even older sounds. He’ll describe the technical challenges of evoking sound from primitive recordings made to be seen, not heard. First Sounds is an informal collaborative of sound historians, engineers, and other individuals who contribute their time, expertise, and resources to make mankind’s earliest audio recordings audible to all people for all time.

Sunday, October 11, 1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m.
Beethoven, Shannon and the Compact Disc. Moderator, Kees Immink, Turing Machines Inc., Rotterdam. Over the past 25 years digital electronics has essentially replaced all analog consumer electronics products, and the word “digital” has become synonymous with quality. A compact disc holds up to 74 minutes, 33 seconds of sound, just enough for a complete recording of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Recognized as the “Father of the CD,” Dr. Immink will discuss the crucial technical decisions that determined the success of the new medium.

Monday, October 12, 1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m.
Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece. Author Ashley Kahn, will present an informative perspective of this classic album as it celebrates its 50-year anniversary. The best-selling classic jazz album of all time, Kind of Blue is the only jazz album to appear consistently at the top of greatest-album lists charted by rock, R&B, and pop music publications. Yet apart from the session masters, a single assembled reel, one safety with minimal studio dialogue, and a few black-and-white photos, little survives of the two historic 1959 sessions that produced this magnum opus. Using PowerPoint, alternate 3-track takes and studio chatter, Mr. Kahn will revisit the creation of one of the most important recordings of all time.

The 127th AES Convention will be held October 9-12, 2009 in New York City’s Javits Convention Center. For a preliminary calendar of Convention events, visit