NEW YORK: Artists on both sides of the control room window will participate in the AES 127th Convention Platinum Panels. Set for Oct. 9-12 at NY’s Javits Center, the event will attract thousands of industry professionals. This year, in a departure from previous Platinum panel formats, Chair Paul Verna is adding a performers’ perspective to the mix. In addition, the Platinum Mastering panel will focus exclusively on landmark recordings. A former journalist for Billboard and Mix Magazine, Verna is 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,” remarked 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 (Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stones, The Police) and panelists Greg Calbi, Sterling Sound (John Lennon, Paul Simon, John Mayer); Bernie Grundman, Bernie Grundman Mastering (Michael Jackson, Carole King, Ludacris); and Doug Sax, The Mastering Lab (Pink Floyd, Dixie Chicks, Eagles). In an era when single-track downloads and online streaming dominate the recorded music landscape, this panel will celebrate the album as an art form. The participants will share fresh insights, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and audio clips from their sessions on historic albums including Springsteen’s “Born in the USA,” Lennon’s “Rock and Roll,” Simon’s “Graceland,” Mayer’s “Continuum,” 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, 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.
The 127th AES Convention will be held at NY’s Javits Convention Center Oct. 9 – 12, 2009
Photo 1: Duncan Sheik will participate in the 127th AES Convention Platinum Artists Panel
Photo 2: Bob Ludwig, AES Platinum Mastering Panel Moderator
The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org