Recording Academy’s P&E Wing Launches New Initiatives

The Producers & Engineers Wing (P&E Wing) of The Recording Academy continues to expand its reach in the last half of 2005, following the appointment of Steph Jorgl as its new Executive Director.
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At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3, from L to R: Brian Transeau, Steph Jorgl and P&E Wing advisory council member Tommy Tallarico.

Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy®. Photograph by Jesse Grant/WireImage© 2005

The Producers & Engineers Wing (P&E Wing) of The Recording Academy continues to expand its reach in the last half of 2005, following the appointment of Steph Jorgl as its new Executive Director. The group also launched a new Remix Delivery Standards committee headed by noted producer/composer/recording artist Brian Transeau (BT), a member of the Producers & Engineers Wing Steering Committee.

"The P&E Wing is a key component as the Academy strives to grow and develop its operational infrastructure to serve its members in a relevant and focused manner," said Recording Academy President Neil Portnow.

Following closely on the heels of the release of its technical recommendation document, "Guidelines for Pro Tools Session Interchange" (http://www.grammy.com/pe_wing/guidelines/index.aspx), the Producers & Engineers Wing has begun development of a "Remix Delivery Standards" guideline and will form a Remix Delivery Standards committee. This new committee will work to release its recommendations by fall 2005.

"I am really excited about the prospect of actualizing a remix standard delivery requirement," said BT. "I think that this could be a great source of revenue for both artists and labels that is completely unexplored. There is an entire new demographic of music-savvy fans that would love nothing more than the prospect of taking Jay-Z's vocal and putting it over the Killers. If we have a standardized remix format, online download services like iTunes can sell a 'bundle' of loops, stems and MIDI files that open directly in Garage Band or Live - and for a buck or two, any 14-year-old kid can dissect, remix, mix and match tracks by his or her favorite artists. There's a huge market out there for this and the prospect of getting it started, as we did with the Dance Music Album category for the Grammys, is very exciting."

Currently 6,000 professionals comprise the Producers & Engineers Wing. This organized voice for the creative and technical recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, while ensuring its role in the development of new technologies, recording and mastering recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. The Wing builds on the existing regional professional development activities of the Academy, which include workshops, forums and panel discussions, and other recording technology-related events, all occurring locally and nationally throughout the year. For more information, visit www.grammy.com/pe_wing.