Initiated in 1997 by member Irv Joel, the project was seen as an opportunity to provide insights into the creative and technical mindsets of the founding fathers of professional audio.
Early in 2007, he enlisted Harry Hirsch to edit the material into a series of DVDs.
Participants include Louis Goodfriend, first editor of the AES Journal; Norman Pickering, phonograph cartridge design pioneer; and the “godfather of multitrack recording,” Les Paul.
In addition the initial group of DVDs includes Mike Dorrough, the Emmy-winning audio innovator and broadcast industry pioneer; John M. Eargle, educator, mentor and JBL Professional executive; Robin C. Caine, Pro-Bel Ltd. executive, writer and innovator in broadcast facility digital, signal distribution and control system; and Kees A.S. Immink, scientist, inventor and “father of the CD.”
Also Alex Balster, former Polygram CD technology developer and acoustical consultant; Stanley P. Lipshitz, multi-disciplinary researcher, collaborator on techniques for digital audio mastering and signal processing, and past president of the AES; and Richard Small, scientist, educator and leader in electroacoustic applications for loudspeaker analysis and measurement.
Also Henk de Wit, recording and broadcast engineer and independent consumer electronics consultant; Cor L. Doesburg, inventor, author and Dutch Broadcasting executive; Tom Magchielse, audio expert for Dutch Broadcasting Laboratories, innovator in microphone design and construction to room acoustics; and Subir K. Pramanik, instrumental in the introduction of aesthetics to Bang & Olufsen products, and former AES president.
The group also includes Neville Thiele, Australian Broadcasting Commission member, who collaborated with Richard H. Small on the Thiele/Small parameter, a system recognized as an industry standard for loudspeaker analysis; Han Tendeloo, AES Secretary, design engineer at Philips, instrumental in the development of the CD and construction of facilities to produce them; Hermann A.O. Wilms, researcher in room acoustics, professor at National Institute of Radio and Cinematography in Brussels and recipient of the AES Distinguished Service Medal Award; Cornelis H. van de Gragt, producer and recording engineer for Dutch Broadcasting and distinguished educator at Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague; and Titia Bakker, Philips Phonographic Industries executive, instrumental in the development of the European regions for the AES.
AES said it plans to release the complete set of DVD interviews over the next 12 months, as they become available. The price for each DVD is $15 each for AES members, $20 for non-members.