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AES Toronto Organizing Trip to Rochester’s Eastman School of Music

Kodak Hall at the Eastman School of Music.

Kodak Hall at the Eastman School of Music.

The Toronto chapter of the AES is organizing as trip to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY for Saturday, April 23, 2016. The trip will include a facility tour of the school’s three concert/recital halls and their inter-connection to a sophisticated recording control facility. There will also be a retrospective of the famed Summer Recording Institute, with former students and teachers sharing their memories and impressions.

Rochester’s Eastman School of Music is distinguished as being one of the premier music conservatories in the world. Since it was established in 1921, its commitment to excellence has seen generations of graduates go on to achieve renown in the fields of classical music and jazz.

What is not as well-known is the huge impact the school has had on the field of audio production resulting from its early adoption of recording technology for instructional and archival purposes.

Apart from amassing the largest archive of recorded music in the world, the Eastman School hosted a series of “Recording Institutes” from 1968 to 1986, in what could be considered the original recording school. Here, a generation of audio professionals, including such iconic names as Bob Ludwig, Phil Ramone and Mick Guzauski, were able to explore the state of the art in audio technology and practice. Several members of the Toronto AES Section participated as students in these workshops and some, most notably Neil Muncy, served as instructors.

AES Toronto’s retrospective will include comments from recording institute alumni including Bob Ludwig, David Greene, Jim Anderson, Dale Manquen, and Jim Cox.

Rochester, NY is a part of the Toronto AES Section, and the group’s current vice-chair is Rochester’s Alan Clayton.  If there is enough interest, there will be charter a bus to transport people to and from Rochester.

For more information, contact AES Toronto: torontoaes@torontoaes.org, www.torontoaes.org.

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