Audio archivist Dietrich Schüller (shown) will deliver the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture at the 136th Audio Engineering Society International Convention, starting April 26, in Berlin. The event will be held April 26–29, at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center.
His presentation is listed as “Preserving Our Sound Recordings: 25 Years Since Everything Changed.”In the announcing release Schüller said, “I am looking forward to delivering the Heyser lecture at the Berlin convention, to sharing my experience of the development of audiovisual preservation, but also my concerns: specifically magnetic tapes are under threat by the rapid disappearance of replay machines. If not transferred in time to digital repositories, contents will be lost, even if the tapes are still in good physical condition.”
Schüller has been involved with the Phonogrammarchiv of the Austrian Academy of Sciences for decades, including a long stint as its director. It is considered the oldest audio archive.
The AES Convention will feature over 100 tutorials, workshops, engineering briefs and paper sessions.
The technical program aims to be one of the most diverse, featuring paper sessions that include subjects such as acoustics, networked audio, multichannel systems, mobile audio and studies into aspects of microphone and loudspeaker design. Other sessions will feature panels of experts discussing practical application topics.
The Project Studio Expo will have its European premiere, and a technology showcase will provide companies with the opportunity to interface with end users.
Additionally, the convention will host student-related events, as well as a meeting of the AES Standards Committee, awards, special events and offsite technical tours.