AES Names Keynote Speaker, Announces Product Design Track

Sep 22, 2010 6:31 PM


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AES 129th Convention keynote speaker Robert Margouleff

On Thursday, November 4 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, veteran engineer/producer and studio owner Robert Margouleff will open the 129th AES Convention with the event's keynote address, titled “What The Hell Happened?” Margouleff says he plans to examine the influence of fast-paced technological developments on creativity—both for better and for worse—and the creative artist’s needs in a technological world.

“Yes, we’ve had a digital revolution in music and film, shifting power away from a few big companies and toward greater access,” says Margouleff. “But we must not forget the importance of collaboration among talented artists, engineers and business people that built an entertainment industry that changed the world.”

Co-winner (with Malcolm Cecil) of a 1974 Grammy Award in the category Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for Stevie Wonder's Innervisions, Margouleff has worked with Devo, David Sanborn, the Isley Brothers and Billy Preston.

Margouleff now owns Mi Casa Multimedia Studios in Hollywood with partner Brant Biles. For the past 12 years, the studio has provided 5.1 and 7.1 mixing and mastering for hundreds of major DVD and Blu-ray releases and restorations for home theater, as well as pioneered the use of 7.1 to enhance the 3-D experience in home theater. Recent credits include the restoration and 7.1 mix of The Sound Of Music, six of the James Bond films, Hellboy, Rush Hour and the complete Lord Of The Rings cycle.

“We are extremely pleased to have Bob Margouleff address the 129th AES Convention,” says AES Executive Director Roger Furness. “He is an articulate and outspoken member of our community with an impressive track record and a unique perspective on the technological evolution which continues to impact on our lives.”

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AES 129th Convention Product Design Track Chair Bob Moses

AES Product Design Track
The 129th AES Convention will also debut a Product Design Track, which is chaired by Bob Moses, who has assembled nearly two-dozen Workshops, Tutorials and Master Classes.

“Robust turn-out at previous workshops illustrates that product development sessions are of perpetual interest to Convention attendees,” says Furness. “The plethora of new tools, applications and needs has now inspired us to go one step further and create a special Product Design Track. Our Committee Co-Chairs, Valerie Tyler, Jim McTigue and I were convinced that Bob Moses is well qualified to spearhead this useful new focus.”

A product design consultant and THAT Corporation's IC program manager, Moses serves on the AES Board of Governors and is a former president. “We received an abundance of timely Workshop, Tutorial and Master Class proposals,” Moses says. “I combed through this material to build a program with more than 20 events focused on audio product development. These presentations provide a broad representation of the issues involved in developing meaningful audio tools for the rapidly changing audio field.”

“The Convention Committee was universally behind this dedicated track,” Co-Chair Jim McTigue says. “The challenges of audio design in the 21st century require a community ready to meet, debate and share the wisdom of the past and the promise of the future.”

For more information, visit the AES San Francisco 2010 Product Design Sessions page.

Check out the AES San Francisco 2010 Preliminary Calendar of Events.

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