AES Issues Volume II Of Ongoing Oral History

Jul 14, 2009 4:50 PM


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David Hewitt of Hewitt Remote Services is one of 20 audio professionals featured in the second volume of AES DVD Oral History Project interviews.

AES Executive Director Roger Furness has announced the completion of the second volume of the Audio Engineering Society DVD Oral History Project interviews. Conceived in 1997 by longtime AES member Irv Joel, the project was initiated as a critical opportunity for preserving the creative and technical thought process of the originators of professional audio as related by them personally.

“Irv Joel has maintained close, ongoing relationships with many of the giants of our industry,” Furness says. “In addition to coordinating the interviews, he personally served as cameraman and off-camera interviewer for most of them. The entire professional audio community owes Irv Joel a vote of thanks for producing over 100 irreplaceable one-on-one interviews.”

In 2007, Joel brought pro audio industry veteran Harry Hirsch on board to glean through a voluminous amount of video, photographic and related material, carefully organized by AES Technical Director John Chester in preparation for the transfer to individual DVDs. Working with Final Cut Pro, Hirsch devoted hundreds of hours to the massive editorial project.

Among the innovators featured in the new set of 20 DVDs are:

Bruce Martin (1944-2004): Founder of Martin Audio, one of the industry’s largest dealerships in the 1970s and ‘80s. Martin was an innovative console designer, and inventor of the Martin Vari-Speed, used by many studios to alter tape machine speed.

Bill Hanley: The "father of festival sound,” best known for designing, building, installing, and operating a custom sound system for the historic 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Fair. Mr. Hanley is a storied FOH mixer and a co-founder the Fillmore East.

Ed Greene: Chief engineer at MGM Records in 1970s; world-renowned engineer; mixer for Grammy and Academy Awards and the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics broadcasts; recipient of 19 Primetime Emmy Awards; and inducted into the Technical Excellence in Creativity Hall of Fame in 2007.

David Hewitt (pictured): A pre-eminent remote recording engineer for almost 40 years (Neil Young, Yes, ELP), Hewitt has received multiple TEC, Grammy, Emmy and Cinema Audio awards as a live recording and broadcast engineer, and film sound mixer. Founder of Remote Recording Services, he created an innovative and hugely successful mobile recording studio. Mr. Hewitt was inducted into the TEC Hall of Fame in 2006.

Dr. Floyd E. Toole: Recipient of the 2008 CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Toole is a 40-year pioneer in the acoustics field, widely known for his research on small room acoustics, relating measurements to a listener's perceptions. A contributor to many audio publications, he continued his groundbreaking work as VP of Acoustical Engineering at Harmon International Industries Inc. until his retirement.

Dr. Marina Bosi: A past president of AES, Dr. Bosi is consulting professor in the Music and Electrical Engineering departments at Stanford University, and a founding member/director of the Digital Media Project. An accomplished author, she holds several patents and received the AES Fellowship Award for her work on audio standards development.

Ioan Allen: Since joining Dolby Laboratories in 1969, Allen spearheaded the introduction of many breakthrough film sound technologies. He received an Oscar for his contributions to motion picture sound development, holds several patents and has authored many AES Journal papers. He is active in world standards organizations, and is Adjunct Professor at the USC School of Cinema-Television.

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