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Audio History Comes to New York in October

AES Convention Historical Track includes Bell Labs, RCA, Mercury Living Presence

The upcoming AES Convention in New York plans on making its historical track a major draw with a variety of discussion sessions scheduled.

AES Convention Broadcast and Streaming Events Chair David Bialik will present “A History of the Significant Technical Contributions of RCA Corp.”

Equally big on the popularity scale might be Noah Simon’s metaphorical transportation of his session’s attendees back to the beginnings of Bell Labs in 1915. For many decades that seminal company seemed to have a piece of the action in almost every major advancement in radio, TV or recording technology.

For fans of well-recorded music, especially classical, the Mercury Record Corp. “Living Presence” discs stand out. Recording engineer Tom Fine will revisit the technical triumphs and recording techniques of the legendary label. Fine is the son of Living Presence Chief Engineer Bob Fine.

In “Recording the Jazz Big Bands” Robert Auld, author, trumpet player and live sound engineer, will examine the recording practices of the Big Band era and the development of early stereo techniques.

“The History of Live Sound” will be a panel discussion of experienced live sound engineers recounting everything from the earliest 1920s attempts at live sound reproduction to the latest in live sound practices.

AES Jumps Into the Stream,” Aug. 20