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AES Announces Special Historical Event for November 4

Dolby Laboratories Theater

Ioan Allen, senior vice president of Dolby Laboratories, will present a 76-year chronicle of feature film stereo optical soundtrack development as a 129th AES Convention Historical Event. The two-hour event is scheduled for Thursday, November 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Dolby Theater, a short ride from the Moscone Center.

Convention Historical Committee co-chair Bill Wray reports that the presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of stereo motion picture soundtrack development. Beginning with experimental recordings made in 1934, and moving through various stereo optical techniques—including Perspecta Sound and Disney’s Fantasound—Allen, an Academy Award-winning cinema sound pioneer, will guide participants through the stereo optical film soundtrack evolution to today’s digital technology. Classic film clips will demonstrate landmark format advances.

“Stereo Optical Film Soundtracks—76 Years” will be held at Dolby Laboratories’ Theater, a multi-format projection room/recording studio complex within Dolby’s South-of-Market headquarters. The facility was designed as an ideal listening and viewing environment for film, recorded sound, and live presentations.

In addition to a 1987 Academy Award, Ioan Allen has earned Scientific and Engineering Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. An AES Fellow and recipient of the AES Silver Medal, Allen spearheaded the introduction of breakthrough film audio formats that have revolutionized the film sound experience. He is a Fellow of SMPTE and BKSTS, and active in standards organizations in the U.S. and throughout the world. In 1985, Allen received the Samuel L. Warner Award for contributions to motion picture sound.

129th AES Convention co-chair Valerie Tyler says, “Historical Committee co-chairs Bill Wray and Gene Radzik have developed a unique event. A quintessential SF-based audio pioneer, Dolby has earned a worldwide reputation for pioneering theatrical sound presentation. We are fortunate to be able to offer this event to our attendees.”

Seating is limited. A limited number of $10 tickets for this event will be available exclusively to registered 129th Convention attendees at the Registration Desk in the Moscone Center lobby on Thursday, November 4. A shuttle bus will take participants to and from the site.

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