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AES Salutes the Personalities

Dolby, Ramone, Swedien, Abbey Road and the Organ

The 135th AES Convention, opening today in New York, has a number of special events and sessions that intrigue.

Grammy award-winning engineer, inventor, educator, etc., George Massenburg will deliver the annual Richard C. Heyser Lecture Oct. 17, 7:15–8:30 p.m.

On Oct. 18, 1–1:45 p.m., the recently deceased Ray Dolby will be saluted in “A Tribute to Ray Dolby.”

Later that day, “Abbey Road 1967 — Photos from the Sgt. Pepper Sessions,” 5–6:30 p.m. promises to be fun. Guest Henry Grossman was at the sessions and took hundreds of photos, many still unseen by the public.

Later on the 18th, Graham Blyth will perform his traditional organ concert, 8:30–9:30 p.m. at Church of Saint Mary the Virgin.

For those less interested in music, “Stories for the Ears: Live Audio Drama and Narration,” 8:30–10 p.m., might be the tonic.

To salute the late Phil Ramone, “Grammy SoundTable: What Would Ramone Do?” is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2:30-4 p.m. Onboard — Elliott Schiener, Frank Fillipetti, Leslie Jones, Bob Ludwig, Al Schmitt and others will look back at the legendary producer.

Amongst the living, five-time Grammy winning engineer Bruce Swedien will confess all (so he says) in “Bruce Swedien: I Have No Secrets,” Oct. 19, 4:30–6 p.m.

And while most of those happening look at the past and present, on Oct. 20, 12:30–1:30 p.m. John LaGrou will look forward in, “Lunchtime Keynote: Studio of the Future: 2020–2050.”