AES Convention Offers Day-Long Surround Live II Symposium With Focus on 5.1 Proliferation

John Strawn, chairman of the 117th AES Convention has announced a day-long convention event devoted exclusively to live multichannel surround.
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John Strawn, chairman of the 117th AES Convention has announced a day-long convention event devoted exclusively to live multichannel surround.

Scheduled for Wednesday, October 27 from10 am to 6 pm, the symposium will be held in the Julia Morgan Ballroom of the Merchants Exchange Building, located at 465 California Street. “Not since the introduction of the Compact Disk has a new sound recording format made so dramatic an impact on the industry,” Strawn says. “Symposium Chair Fredrick J.Ampel of Technology Visions has developed an outstanding panel which will explore the many facets contributing to Surround’s ongoing technological and commercial success.”

The following is a list of panelists for this symposium: David Claringbold, Sydney Opera House, Australia; Kurt Graffy, Arup Acoustics Dave Haydon, Outboard Electronics; Randy Hoffner, ABC Television; Mark Hood, Echo Park Studios; Jonathan Laney-Talaske.; Michael Leahy, EGR Software and Riccardo Mazza, School of High Musical Specialization, Saluzzo, Italy.

The workshop brings together working professionals from the performance, Broadway theater, broadcast, environmental audio, fine arts and related technology sectors to discuss the issues and technological challenges created by presenting music, drama, art and cultural exhibitions in full multichannel surround formats. Combining formal presentations with live/pre-recorded performances, attendees will experience the process of creating and presenting multichannel audio for a variety of live applications. “A primary theme of the event is the exploration of how immersing an audience in the sound field and keeping them closer to the sound system can enhance the experience for both audience members and performers,” said symposium chair, Frederick J. Ampel.

A complete schedule of AES 117th Convention events may be found at: www.aes.org.