P&E Wing Update - March 2017

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January 5 – San Francisco – Surround Sound Nominee Listening Event

Academy voting members convened in San Mateo for a playback and discussion on this year’s nominees for Best Surround Sound Album. Hosted by San Francisco Chapter board member Marc Senasac, the event took place at the studio offices of Sony PlayStation Music and Sound,one of the region’s most distinguished surround sound facilities.

Following a welcome from San Francisco Chapter Producers & Engineers Wing Committee Chair McKay Garner, Trustee and past Best Surround Sound Album nominee Michael Romanowski gave a brief overview of Surround recording standards. The group then traveled between the facility’s two large control rooms for playback of the five nominated albums. Additional discussion topics included reference to the P&E Wing's Recommendations for Surround Sound Production and an introduction by our hosts to the unique recording facility. The event provided a critical listening environment for our voting members to hear these surround recordings in a proper surround setting before placing their ballot votes. It also opened a conversation regarding expanding the use of surround and hi-resolution recording techniques by those in the field. 

February 1 – Atlanta – Southern Fried Beats

A select group of producer/engineers, songwriters and industry professionals gathered for Southern Fried Beats—a private dinner presented by Native Instruments, SESAC, the P&E Wing, and The Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter. The menu was created by featured producer hosts Bryan Michael Cox, Focus and Henny Tha Bizness, and executed by celebrity chef Sean O’Keefe. The hosts’ guests included Martina Albano, Mark Byrd, Imani-Grace Cooper, Kameron Corvet, Joe Fitzgerald, J Hatch, Isaac Hayes III, Nancy Kaye Hill, TK Kidd, Mike Kolumbo, Vivian Kyong, LROC, Pat Morena, Joncier Reniecker, Matt Still, Valley, Omar Walker (major 7th) Michaelangelo Wolfe, and others. The guests enjoyed great food, music, laughter, drinks, and industry talk about audio gear and the 59th GRAMMY Awards.

Thank you to Native Instruments’ Carmen Rizzo, SESAC’s Gregg Smith, Jarrid Lezcano and Julie McKinley, and The Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter’s Erin Baxter, Teea Loreal, and Taylor Poole.

February 8 – Los Angeles – The Producers & Engineers Wing 10th Annual GRAMMY Week Celebration Honoring Jack White

February 8th marked a pair of milestones for the P&E Wing at its annual GRAMMY Week celebration at The Village Studios in Los Angeles. The group celebrated its 15th anniversary since its founding in 2002 and the tenth anniversary for the event that celebrates the technical and creative cohort that mans the engine rooms of music production. An event that has previously acknowledged the accomplishments and contributions of past honorees Neil Young, Quincy Jones, Al Schmitt, Rick Rubin, Nile Rodgers, Chris Blackwell, T Bone Burnett and Jimmy Iovine — this year celebrated the career of Jack White, wunderkind of his records with the White Stripes and Dead Weather as well as his solo ventures, and for collaborations with the Raconteurs, Bob Dylan, Loretta Lynn and others. White took the stage to accept the President’s Merit Award presented by The Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow with a timeless message: “You don’t tell the music what to do — you follow it where it leads you.” Later, he added, in an undeniably topical reference, “[It’s] about building bridges and carrying on for the next generation — and I think we should build bridges, instead of walls, especially right now!”

The evening closed with a five-song performance by Nashville singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lillie Mae Rische, whose next solo album will be produced by White and released on his Third Man Records label. In addition to the producer and engineer attendees, other luminaries included Beck, Diplo, Citizen Cope, Conan O’Brien, ZZ Ward, Liz Phair and Regina Spektor.

February 16 – Memphis – SoundOff With Jody Stephens & Adam Hill

The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter and Crosstown Arts presented the latest installment of SoundOff with Jody Stephens and Adam Hill at Ardent Studios. Attendees were treated to recording studio stories and technical insights from drummer/composer/producer Jody Stephens and producer/engineer Adam Hill. Ardent just celebrated its 60th anniversary and numerous reissue releases from Stephens’ iconic band, Big Star. Much of the conversation focused on the recording and production methods of Ardent founder, John Fry and GRAMMY-winning Ardent engineer John Hampton. Topics ranged from historical reissue work to classic recordings done at Ardent by Big Star, The Replacements, The Cramps and The White Stripes. 

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