Soundcraft’s Graham Blyth (left) receives the AES Fellowship Award from AES president Wieslaw Woszczyk. Photo courtesy of AES.
At the 123rd AES Convention in New York City, AES president Wieslaw Woszczyk (pictured at right) presented Soundcraft technical director and cofounder Graham Blyth with the prestigious Fellowship Award “in recognition of his distinguished career in mixing console design and service to the Society." Wieslaw officially conferred the award at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Friday, October 5.
“I was both surprised and delighted to be awarded an AES Fellowship, particularly because I’ve never presented any papers on my subject,” notes Blyth. “What I have learned and done in the 37 years I’ve been designing consoles has more to do with having green fingers and a very inquiring mind than any structured research process, so I was flattered for the recognition of my contributions. It was also an honor to share the stage with such luminaries as Bob Ludwig, Phil Ramone and Neil Muncie, who have all truly had a profound impact on this industry that we love.”
According to the AES Opening Ceremonies brochure, the Fellowship Award is presented each year to a very select few Society members who have “rendered conspicuous service or [are] recognized to have made a valuable contribution to the advancement in or dissemination of knowledge of audio engineering or in the promotion of its application in practice.”
In addition to his recent AES Fellowship, Blyth was also elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006.