AES Announces Platinum Panels for 127th Convention

Sep 16, 2009 2:31 PM


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Duncan Sheik will participate in the 127th AES Convention Platinum Artists Panel

Artists on both sides of the control room window will participate in the AES 127th Convention Platinum Panels. This year, in a departure from previous Platinum panel formats, Chair Paul Verna is adding performers’ perspectives to the mix. In addition, the Platinum Mastering panel will focus exclusively on landmark recordings. Verna is a former journalist for Mix and Billboard magazines, a co-author of The Encyclopedia of Record Producers, and a senior entertainment analyst with eMarketer.

“Paul Verna has produced a number of successful Platinum Panels,” says Convention Chair, Agnieszka Roginska. “His network of industry relationships has served him well in his role as our Platinum Chair. This year’s introduction of top recording artists into the Platinum Artists panel will expand the view from a primarily technical focus to encompass the musician’s perspective of the recording process.”

AES 127th Platinum Panels include:

"Platinum Mastering—The Album As An Art Form." Moderator Bob Ludwig (Gateway Mastering) and panelists Greg Calbi (Sterling Sound), Bernie Grundman (Bernie Grundman Mastering) and Doug Sax (The Mastering Lab) will celebrate the album as an art form in an era when single-track downloads and online streaming dominate the recorded music landscape. Participants will share fresh insights, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and audio clips from their sessions on historic albums including Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A., John Lennon’s Rock 'N' Roll, Paul Simon’s Graceland, John Mayer’s Continuum, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

"Platinum Artists—The Artist’s Perspective." Moderator Mr. Bonzai, acclaimed journalist and author, and a panel of such renowned artists as Duncan Sheik (pictured), Jonatha Brooke and Maiysha will explore the artists’ perspectives on the recording craft—what the studio means to them; how they choose facilities, producers and engineers; what they look for in the artist-producer relationship; how the recording environment informs their creative process. Joining the panel will be Kevin Killen, Bob Clearmountain and Scott Jacoby, producer/engineers who helped bring the artists’ musical visions to life.

"Platinum Producers & Engineers—Career-Making Recordings." Moderator Paul Verna and panelists producer/engineers Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T-Rex, Angelique Kidjo), Sylvia Massy (Tool, Johnny Cash, System of a Down), Bruce Swedien (Duke Ellington, Michael Jackson, George Benson) and Dave Reitzas (Madonna, Celine Dion, Natalie Cole) will discuss their views on studio culture and their evolving roles in the rapidly changing music industry. Sharing tips, tricks and words of wisdom to aspiring engineers, the panel will include audio retrospectives of each panelist’s work, with a special focus on classic, career-making recordings.

For a schedule of events at the 127th AES Convention, visit the detailed Calendar of Events.

The 127th AES Convention will be held at New York City's Javits Convention Center October 9–12, 2009. For more information, visit

Audio professionals can attend the upcoming 127th AES Convention in New York (October 9 to 12, 2009) with a complimentary “Exhibits Only” VIP registration courtesy of Mix magazine. Visit the AES VIP registration page for your free registration.

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