The annual Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention was recently held in New York, and a number of Schulich School of Music students and faculty attended. Hyunjoung Yang and Antoine Gallois won awards in the student recording competition - find out more about their awards and what they experienced at the conference:
"I won bronze awards in both the Immersive Audio category and Traditional Acoustics in Audio category. As it was my first time submitting works to the Student Recording Competition, I didn't expect to be nominated in any of the categories. It means a lot to me, not only that I won the prizes, but also that I could get clear answers to my questions and get critical feedback from experts. During the finalist presentation, I listened to the other finalist’s work and their approaches, too. These exchanges inspired me and motivated me a lot.
It was also my first time being a presenter/author at the AES Convention. I had a poster session with my engineering brief, and during the session many audio professionals and students stopped by, talked and shared their thoughts and ideas.
One of the most impressive presentations was Morten Lindberg(2L)'s session - he shared his works and interpretation in immersive audio. There were also a lot of McGill Sound Recording alumni as presenters, panels and judges for the competition, and it was really nice to see all the familiar names and be impressed by their professionalisms in various fields."
"I won the silver award for the Modern Studio category of the student recording competition. It’s basically the category for all non-classical and non-jazz recordings. It’s very encouraging to receive this award because I sent in something that has the kind sound I’ve been trying to get to since I started engineering. I wasn’t sure the judges would respond positively to my aesthetic, so having the approval of everyone at AES is really nice. The record I sent in is a really great song by my roommate and McGill alumni Conor Roscoe, which I knew I wanted to work on when he showed it to me.
There’s a lot of interesting and technical panels at the convention which is cool. My highlights of the event are include listening to Steve Jordan talk about the kind of things that make a session successful, giving examples from his work as a drummer or producer with James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, and John Mayer; and listening to Eddie Kramer talk about the hours spent in studio with Jimi Hendrix and the kind of dynamic they had, him mixing Whole Lotta Love and accidentally creating a weird sound that most engineers love."