AES Convention Presents Illuminating Student Program
Aug 29, 2005 2:50 PM
The 119th AES Convention Student Program is geared to provide fledgling audio pros with solid opportunities to jump-start their careers. Education Committee Events co-chairs Dottie Kreps and Felice Santos-Martin have coordinated a series of panels, one-on-one mentoring sessions, and creative recording competitions designed to test students’ mettle and get their creative juices flowing. Set for Oct. 7-10 in New York’s Jacob Javits Center, the convention will host 400+ exhibitors and an anticipated 20,000 attendees.
“Dottie Kreps’ background as a successful engineer/educator and producer/director at PBS station WIPB-TV aided her in developing a challenging program to help student attendees get a real bearing on this complex industry,” says AES convention chair, Jim Anderson. “Her collaboration with co-chair Felice Santos-Martin and education committee chair Jason Corey has produced an absolutely top-flight program. The connections these students make and the insights they acquire here will provide them with some high-energy food for thought.”
Participating mentors/competition judges and panelists include: Mastering engineers Emily Lazar (David Bowie, Third Eye Blind, Natalie Merchant) and Kevin Killen (Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello, Jewel) and 5.1 Surround sound/THX pioneer Tom Holman.
Scheduled events include:
2:00-3:30 p.m.: Career Fair — A first for the AES, this event will provide opportunities for students to meet with representatives from all segments of the industry. They will develop valuable initial contacts and learn more about jobs and internships. Bring your resume!
1:30-3:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday: Mentoring Sessions — One-on-one meetings with chart-topping industry pros will provide inspiration, guidance, and real-world reality checks for determined hopefuls. Participants include judges from Recording and Design competitions as well as notable engineers, producers, and technology designers.
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Student Recording Competition — Participants will present original recordings and discuss their creative objectives and techniques. Categories include: Classical Stereo and Classical Surround; Non-Classical Surround; Jazz/Folk; Pop/Rock; and Post Surround. Winners will receive prizes donated by Sony Pictures Sound Effects, Neumann, Lavry Engineering, and other sponsors.* Entry deadline: Sept. 7
10:00-11:00 a.m. and Sunday 9:30-11:00 a.m.: Student Delegate Assembly Meetings — A forum for students to discuss concerns and submit ideas they would like to see implemented by the AES. Chaired by Felice Lazar and Vice Chair Daniel Orejuela.
1:30-3:00 p.m. and 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday: Design Competition — Students are invited to showcase their technical skills by presenting their designs of audio hardware or software for critique by leading pro-audio equipment designers/judges including George Massenburg, David Josephson, and John LaGrou. Prizes will be awarded ** Entry deadline: Sept. 12
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Education Forum — A panel discussion with leading industry pros including Grammy-winning engineers Ed Cherney (Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Roy Orbison) and Elliot Scheiner (Beck, Steely Dan, Sting, The Eagles, B.B. King, Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith) will explore Recording Arts Curriculum and the Quality of Audio.
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Education Fair — Institutions offering studies in audio — from short courses to graduate degrees — will be represented in a “tabletop session.” Information on the respective programs will be displayed. Students will have the opportunity to talk to representatives from these programs. There is no charge to participate.
For more information on AES’ student program, visit www.aes.org.
*Prizes include: Sony Pictures Sound Effects Series, a comprehensive collection from the archives of one of the world’s major movie studios; Neumann’s TLM 103 Anniversary Edition professional microphone with accessories; Rane and Serato’s new Serato Rane Series Pro Tools plug-ins with graphic, parametric, and dynamics modules; and Lavry Engineering’s LavryBlue unit (a 2-channel A/D-D/A conversion system.)
**Prizes will be awarded by sponsor Universal Audio.