Posts Tagged ‘AES’

Cogswell College Presence at AES 2012 San Francisco Goes Beyond the Booth

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

This year’s Audio Engineering Society (AES) Conference, held at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, was graced by a lively Cogswell DAT booth and behind-the-scenes activity that began long before this year’s event. The AES conferences are the largest gathering of audio professionals in the world, held each year in the US and Europe.

The Cogswell booth demonstrated how sound effects and scoring enhanced the animated student film, “Worlds Apart,”  featured our Genre Electronica class tracks on  an iTunes playlist and an electric guitar in the busy show aisle with a student-built guitar amplifier. Students and conference attendees were happy to sit for a few moments and show their chops on the amplified instrument.

Beyond the booth, Cogswell DAT professor, Timothy Duncan; Systems Administrator, Evan Peebles and alumnus, Michael McConnell have all served as Volunteer Co-Chairs. Professor Duncan and Peebles in 2008, Peebles and McConnell in 2010 and this year’s 2012 event. Additionally, McConnell was the 2012 Facilities Chair for AES. What does a Volunteer Co-Chair do?

As Volunteers Co-Chairs, Peebles and McConnell worked with the Convention Committee to help plan for the convention. This involved finding, organizing, overseeing and deploying volunteers with the goal of making a convention with tens of thousands of attendees going to hundreds of events run smoothly.  This year they sought out and received nominations from nearly 30 college advisors from around the world in order to find 160 of the best volunteers.

Volunteers give up a day to help the convention in trade for a full program badge. Recognizable in bright orange tee-shirts, Cogswell College had over 18 students volunteering at this year’s convention.

By offering this chance to students, AES helps introduce those starting out in the industry to the benefits of professional organizations. This opportunity allows them to play an important role, giving them the chance to not only meet, but work with some of the heads of the audio industry. This also gives students who couldn’t otherwise afford the full program pass, the option of accessing the educational sessions.

Cogswell College Grads Lead Volunteer Efforts at AES

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Evan Peebles (2nd from left) and Michael McConnell (front row, 3rd from right)

Evan Peebles (class of 2007) and Michael McConnell (class of 2009) are the Volunteer Co-Chairs for the 129th Audio Engineering Society Conference taking place in San Francisco in November.

Evans graduated with a BS in Digital Audio Technology and is currently Technical Support Specialist at Cogswell College. He brings the experience he gained when he served as Co-Chair of the Volunteer Committee two years ago. McConnell graduated with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies and is Owner at Media Local Studios and Production Manager at Tertia.

Director of Convention Management, Chris Plunkett, said that “Michael McConnell and Evan Peebles are determined to build a reliable, energetic and savvy cadre capable of lending the requisite hands-on support that insures a smooth running program.”

For over 60 years, the AES has been the largest gathering of audio professionals and enthusiasts on the globe, attracting delegates from over 100 countries worldwide. Workshops, tutorials, technical papers and the exhibition floor provide attendees with a wealth of learning, networking and business opportunities.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

Cogswell Audio Faculty Speak at AES Conference

Monday, September 27th, 2010

LarrytheOCogswell’s newest Digital Audio Technology faculty, Larry the O, is slated to speak at the upcoming Audio Engineering Society Conference in San Francisco in November. He will join Peter Drescher in a spirited “cage match” discussion about sound, music, interactive audio, game soundtracks, hardware, software and audio production.

The two met at Berklee College of Music in 1976 and have been arguing both sides of any audio issue ever since. Moderator, Steve Horowitz who will referee the match, will ask a series of questions and give the pair a specific amount of time to discuss it before the gong sounds.

Topics might include:

  • How many audio file formats do you really need?
  • Giving the producer what they want, even when they have no idea what that is
  • Just exactly what IS “audio quality”?
  • Analog vs. Digital, Tubes vs. Transistors, Tape vs. Hard drive, Vinyl vs. CD – Improved technology has made audio production better, right?
  • You say that sounds “annoying” like it’s a bad thing!
  • “I promise never to program a computer to play something I can’t” (aaaand … fight!)
  • Buying gear and maintaining your studio: hardware, software, musical instruments vs. planned obsolescence and audio business models
  • “We need it yesterday” – planning and timing of audio projects (Larry’s fireside rant)

Larry the O, Toys In the Attic principal, joined the Cogswell faculty this semester and will be teaching Studio Recording 1, a required course in the Digital Audio Production track of the DAT program.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement