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Students visited L.A. for audio convention

By Brenna Hines

    Students from the E-Media and Commercial Music Production majors attended the 137th International Audio Engineering Society Convention in downtown Los Angeles from October 9 to October 12.  


    The convention is the largest gathering of audio professionals in the world, and provided numerous opportunities for students in the forms of guest speakers, workshops, and career fairs where attendees created contacts and appled for positions within a wide range of companies. 

The AES At Cincinnati

    Easily one of the quickest growing organizations within the College-Conservatory of Music, The University of Cincinnati’s Audio Engineering Society’s 35 members meet on a weekly basis. Each meeting is different, with activities ranging from creating professional recordings for musicians, to workshops and lectures from guest speakers, to jam sessions.

    Students are invited and encouraged to join the international organization, but membership is not required. 

Interview with Professor Lorin Parker

    Professor Lorin Parker, who teaches the Digital Audio Production and Multitrack Production courses, acts as an advisor for AES at Cincinnati.

What future plans do you have for AES?

    “That will be largely up to students. My role is to help find support, advise, and occasionally provide a little push when needed. I am simply happy that we have been able to secure funding and support from UC, as well as affiliation with the AES organization. I am also very pleased that our membership has grown by 4 fold to more than 35 members. We now have students from other colleges joining us, as well as members from E-Media and Commercial Music Production. 

    Certainly, attending the convention in Los Angeles was the first big plan, and the students seemed very excited about the trip. Since then, some have expressed interest in doing special events and workshops, as well as having guest speakers. Of course, the group also exists to provide an opportunity for UC students to spend time together doing self directed projects, whether they be elaborate production projects, experiments, open mic nights, or simply jam sessions. Any media art improves with practice, and the AES meetings and events provide an opportunity for students to do just that.

Digital Production

    Later in October, there were other special events such as DIY electronics, recording to analog tape, studio visits,trips in the area, and special recording sessions. In the spring, bringing in a guest producer may be a possibility. We have some good session players in town, and we could facilitate a day of work with an industry professional. Lorin recommended some fund raising as well. Although the University Funding Board has appropriated $5,500 for the group for educational activities, it would make sense to raise some cash savings as well. Our crew is likely going to need a Lava Lamp and some pizza down the road, and the UFB is probably not going to approve those…”

What do you hope students gain from their trip to the convention?

    “I feel that we've set a precedent here. This is the first time I know of that E-Media has had a student group make a trip to an AES convention. These were major events, which generally drew 10,000 to 20,000 people if you include non-members who attended only the trade show floor. Alan Parsons, the recording engineer who created the unique sound of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, was a keynote speaker. On a more down to earth level, though, there were continuous student workshops and activities throughout the 4 days allowing students to connect with employers, internships, gain valuable skills, and even visit big LA studios and scoring stages.” 

How did AES at Cincinnati come to be?

    “In previous years we had a MEISA group (Music & Entertainment Industry Student Association). However the national MEISA organization officially dissolved in 2013, and the group had to decide how to proceed. Students decided that they would like to affiliate with AES. I provided some assistance to get things started, and some insights into getting funding for this year. The group followed through, and here we are. Technically, we haven't been listed as a recognized section with the AES yet, so you won't find us in the directory, but I'm working on the technicalities, and after attending the student delegation in LA everything should be in line. It's a process, and it's only begun. “ 

    Current students interested in joining the AES at the University of Cincinnati can contact Professor Parker via his e-mail, .