P&E Wing Monthly Update September/October 2016
Producers And Engineers Wing
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August 18 – Chicago – Behind The Glass With Terry Date & Nick Raskulinecz
The latest installment of The Recording Academy® Chicago Chapter’s annual Behind The Glass featured renowned producers Terry Date (Deftones, Slayer, White Zombie) and Nick Raskulinecz (Ghost, Rush, Coheed & Cambria). Held at Shure Incorporated HQ just outside of Chicago, the conversation had Date and Raskulinecz recounting their entrance into the music industry, along with tales of working with some of the biggest names in rock and metal. The duo also discussed the importance of sound quality to the work that they do versus the widespread use of compressed files and MP3s in today’s music.
August 22 – Philadelphia – Up Close & Personal With Diplo
The Philadelphia Chapter, with the Producers & Engineers Wing®, hosted the exclusive, invitation-only Up Close & Personal with Diplo at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts. The GRAMMY-winning producer, artist and DJ, otherwise known as Thomas Wesley Pentz, was interviewed by music critic and Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Dan Deluca, who had covered Diplo’s early years in Philadelphia.
Diplo and Deluca covered a wide range of subjects including early Philadelphia house parties, collaborative songwriting, the start of Mad Decent records, how his travels, from his first trip to Brazil to this year’s ground breaking concert in Cuba, influence his sound palette, and the art of managing his extensive list of brands that include Jack U, Major Lazer and Mad Decent Block Parties.
Notable attendees included artist Agent Zero, DJ Sat One, DJ J. Period, DJ Phish, Pharell MD Darrell Robinson, producers Scott Stallone, Demien Desandies, and Noah “Breakfast” Beresin, songwriter Terry ‘Tru’ Sneed, Spotify Global Head of Dance/Electronic Austin Kramer, Spotify Global Head of Hip Hop Tuma Basa, iZotope Music CEO Mark Ethier, Fame House CEO Michael Fiebach, and Music Business Association President Jim Donio.
August 23 – Memphis – SoundOff with Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell
The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter in collaboration with Crosstown Arts kicked off its new quarterly series, SoundOff, a forum to explore the art and science of audio recording and to dig into Memphis’s rich history within that field. The featured speaker for the inaugural event was producer and chief engineer of world famous Royal Studios and recent GRAMMY winner Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell. Chapter President and producer/engineer Scott Bomar conducted the interview, during which Mitchell talked about growing up around Royal in a musical family surrounded by top recording artists. He continues the Royal legacy of his legendary father Willie Mitchell, working with John Mayer, Boz Scaggs, Melissa Etheridge, the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars hit "Uptown Funk," and artists from around the world who travel to Memphis to capture the city’s special vibe.
September 15 – Florida – P&E Wing Listening Session
The Academy’s Florida Chapter, in conjunction with the P&E Wing, hosted an intimate gathering of GRAMMY-/Latin GRAMMY-nominated and winning producers and engineers for In The Mix: Listening Session. The session was held at GRAMMY-/Latin GRAMMY-winning producer George Noriega’s private studio, Cutting Cane, and moderated by Florida Chapter P&E Wing Committee Co-Chairs, Javier Garza and Boris Milan.
Set up inside Cutting Cane’s vintage and memory-clad atmosphere, the attendees listened to multiple tracks from their colleagues and discussed the different production techniques used in each track. Producers and engineers got to share the stories behind their latest projects, as well as insight on new hardware and software they’ve been using. The relaxed atmosphere leant itself to future collaborations and new industry relationships.
September 29 – October 1 – Los Angeles – 141st AES Convention
The P&E Wing hosted its familiar slate of meetings and events at the 141st Audio Engineering Society Convention in Los Angeles. It kicked off opening night of the convention with a rooftop reception at the historic Iron Mountain Entertainment Services building, where guests got a rare 360-degree view of the Los Angeles landscape. Iron Mountain received a special certificate of appreciation from the Wing, recognizing its decades of top-notch technological efforts and dedication to excellence in audio preservation, archiving, and restoration.
This year’s GRAMMY SoundTables, “Life In The Hot Seat—Audio Production for Live Global Telecast Events,” featured panelists Eric Schilling, Jeri Palumbo, Paul Sandweiss, James Stoffo, and Leslie Ann Jones, who have collectively worked on live sound for the GRAMMYs, Emmys, Oscars, the Super Bowl and NASCAR. Moderated by Seattle-based producer/engineer Glenn Lorbecki, the panel discussed the high stakes of audio engineering—including wireless frequency management—for marquee live broadcast events, and all the behind the scenes work that goes into pulling it off seamlessly.
As part of the GRAMMY Hearing Health initiative, MusiCares was on the AES Convention floor, hosting a truck dedicated to conducting free hearing tests over the weekend. More than 300 professionals got their hearing tested and the P&E Wing is happy to continue this partnership with MusiCares to promote hearing health awareness and education in the music industry.
Finally, members of the P&E Wing’s Manufacturers and Advisory Councils sacrificed sleep to attend its bordering-on-infamous early morning breakfast meetings, where they were briefed on initiative and advocacy updates, and engaged in an ongoing dialogue regarding the status of the recording industry.