Hearing the past: auralization for acoustical archaeology

Hearing the past: auralization for acoustical archaeology

By: Matthew Azevedo

Tues. June 9th, 7pm

Presented at: Acentech, Inc.

Synopsis: Archaeology has progressed from a study of the physical artifacts of the past to a study of how people lived, including the soundscapes of their lives. Auralization techniques commonly used to hear the acoustical details of a space before it is built can also be used to recreate the sounds of the past. This talk will explore the modeling and production techniques used in the Paul’s Cross Project, which recreated the full soundscape of John Donne’s 1622 Gunpowder Day sermon, which included the sermon, a crowd of 5000 listeners, wind, birds, dogs, and the other sounds of early modern London.

Matt Azevedo is an acoustician, musician, and educator based in Boston, MA whose work is focused on how sound is produced, transmitted, and perceived. His current work is centered around an active consulting practice in architectural acoustics and acoustical simulation and a composition and performance practice using custom-designed analog synthesizers and loudspeaker arrays.

Matt received a Bachelor of Music in Performance and Sound Recording Technology from UMass Lowell in 1999, and then spent the next eleven years as a staff engineer at M Works Mastering studios. In 2010, he left the studio to accept a research fellowship at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a Masters in Acoustics. Currently Matt is a Consultant in Acoustics at Acentech, where he is involved in a wide range of projects, a professor at Berklee College of Music teaching acoustics, and continues his work as a mastering engineer and producer as a freelancer.

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Acentech
33 Moulton Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 499-8000

Directions to our Cambridge, MA Office

Subway:Take the red line to Alewife Station. Our office is a 10 minute walk from Alewife. Walk over the bridge, past the strip shopping malls to the Concord Avenue rotary. Turn right onto Concord Avenue and follow to the second traffic light, which is Moulton Street. Turn right on Moulton Street. Our office is 100 yards on the left side.

Bus:Take the #74 (Concord Avenue Route) or #78 bus from Harvard Square Station. After passing through the Concord Avenue rotary, exit the bus at Moulton Street, which is the second traffic light . Our office is 100 yards on the left side.

 

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The Birth of Stereophonic Recording

The Birth of Stereophonic Recording

By Dr. Toby Mountain

Tues. May 19th, 7pm

Devlin Hall – Room 026

Boston College

By 1941 the Germans had perfected a recording technology that not only gave them enhanced capabilities for communications and propaganda, but also fundamentally changed the way that music is recorded and produced. That technology was magnetic tape. Strangely enough, their advances were either missed or totally ignored by the Allies until the end of the war.

Thanks to some mysterious backdoor cold war diplomacy, we now have hundreds of breathtaking recordings from the World War II period, interpretations of both classical and romantic repertoire from artists of great stature: the conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler, the pianist Walther Gieseking, and great orchestras such as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Radio and the State Opera. Some of these recordings are the very first experiments in stereo, which give us a window into the future of audio.

This lecture will detail the unique cooperation by three competing German companies from 1935 to 1945 to perfect magnetic recording. Their success not only meant the replacement of the phonograph, but also ushered in a new age of stereophonic recording, editing and post production. Original excerpts from the German Broadcasting Archive will be played, examined, and compared. Finally, the author will draw some strong conclusions about the effects on the post war music industry, particularly in America.

Toby Mountain has music degrees from Princeton University (BA, 1972) and the University of California at Berkeley (MA, 1978 PhD, 1981). He also spent several years working at the Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) and the MIT Experimental Music Studio. He taught music and Theory and Composition as an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Connecticut from 1983-85. He has been a Professor of Music at College of the Holy Cross since 2005, where he heads the Digital Media curriculum and is Director of Studios.

In 1985 Toby founded Northeastern Digital, the first digital mastering facility in New England. Toby’s mastering credits include such artists as The Beach Boys, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Richard Thompson, Morphine, Joan Jett, Jay Geils, Arlo Guthrie, and Alison Krauss. Toby has mastered several gold and platinum selling albums and dozens of albums that have been nominated for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ annual “Grammy” awards. He is also a member of the Audio Engineering Society, and has published many articles in professional audio journals including “Mix” and “Electronic Musician.”

Toby has also been active as a classical and jazz recording and mastering engineer for over 25 years.  He has worked with countless ensembles including the Boston Symphony, The Composers in Red Sneakers, Boston Musica Viva, The Holy Cross Chamber Players, The Aardvark  Jazz Orchestra, and The Boston Modern Orchestra Project.  Recently he mastered an Itzhak Perlman disc entitled “Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul” released by Sony Masterworks.

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FROM POINTS NORTH AND SOUTH: Take Interstate 95 (Route 128) to Exit 24 (Route 30). Proceed east on Route 30, also known as Commonwealth Avenue, and follow for about five miles to Boston College.

FROM POINTS WEST: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Exit 17. At the first set of lights after the exit ramp, take a right onto Centre Street. Follow Centre Street to the fourth set of lights, and turn left onto Commonwealth Avenue. Follow Commonwealth Avenue 1-1/2 miles to Boston College.

FROM DOWNTOWN BOSTON: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Exit 17. Take a left over the bridge after passing the Sheraton Tara Hotel. Take the first right onto Centre Street. Follow above directions from Centre Street.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The Boston College branch of the MBTA’s “Green Line” (B) ends at the Boston-Newton boundary on Commonwealth Avenue

Devlin Hall is located in the center of the Chestnut Hill Campus. Parking is available in the Commonwealth Ave Garage for a minimal price. The entrance for Room 026 is in the rear of Devlin hall. Parking on Commonwealth Ave is also FREE!

 

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May Networking Night hosted by Daniel Fox of ZUMIX and Wondersmith Audio

Please note start time of 8pm

Tues. May 26th, 8-10p

ZUMIX Inc., 260 Sumner St., East Boston, MA 02128

www.zumix.org

www.wondersmithaudio.com

(617) 568-9777 x110 (Zumix)

(781) 771-0122 (cell)

Pizza will be from Santarpio’s (Best of Boston award winning 3 years in a row)

Directions

Public:  Blue line to Maverick Station.  Walk 2 blocks up Sumner St (Burger King on your left).  ZUMIX is on your left (old firehouse with big red doors) at the corner of Orleans and Sumner with the main entrance on Sumner.  Please ring bell.

Driving:  From the north - 93 S to 1A (towards airport).  Immediately upon exiting the Callahan tunnel take the East Boston local exit to your right.  Santarpio’s will be in front of you.  Go through the light slightly left onto Porter St.  2nd right onto Orleans. ZUMIX is 3 blocks down on your left.

Parking

There is unmetered street parking available all around ZUMIX.  No permit required.

 

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April Network Night Hosted at The Center for Digital Arts

Tues. April. 28th, 7-10p

274 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453

http://thecenterfordigitalarts.com/

781-209-1700

About CDA

The Center for Digital Arts is producing the next generation of digital creators and makers. Our philosophy is you have to get your hands dirty. That’s why our certificate programs are intensive and hands-on, transforming the way students learn about animation, audio production, filmmaking, photography, web development, graphic and web design. Our campus is a visualization of our values. From sophisticated multidisciplinary labs to a state-of-the-art recording studio designed by the world-renowned Walters-Storyk Design Group, we have created an environment that fosters innovation and collaboration. Less than 8 miles from Boston, the area is home to the region’s best film companies. The Waltham Campus is blocks from the historic Charles River and walking distance to the city’s best restaurants, coffee houses, and shops.

About the Recording Studios

At the Center for Digital Arts, we have two recording studios.  Studio D is equipped with a 36-channel Audient ASP 8024, a brand new ProTools HDX rig and a great collection of microphones, preamps, EQs, compressors and reverbs.  The main live room is spacious, and we have two isolation booths, along with a sound lock, allowing for plenty of separation.  Studio D also has a collection of guitar and bass amps, a Yamaha baby grand piano, as well as other instruments.  Studio F is our digital room, equipped with a Yamaha DM2000 and is primarily an editing/mixing room, but is also equipped with a vocal booth for vocals, voiceovers, etc.

Directions

From Points North/South, take Route 128/I-95 to Exit 26 (Route 20). Follow Route 20 East for 2 miles. Turn right onto Moody Street. CDA is located 1/4 mile down on the left.

Public Transportation

We are conveniently located close to the Mass Pike, Route 128, and less than a five-minute walk from the MBTA Waltham stop on the Fitchburg/South Acton commuter rail.

Parking

There are public parking lots within a short walking distance of CDA. The Embassy Parking Lot is located off of Pine Street behind the Embassy Landmark theatre. The Crescent Street Lot is another option, located on Crescent Street between Moody and Adams. In both cases, look for the parking signs when you reach Moody street.

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Designing for Ultra-Low Distortion and Noise in Analog Circuits, circa 2015

Designing for Ultra-Low Distortion and Noise in Analog Circuits, circa 2015

By Bruce E. Hofer

Tues. Apr. 21st, 7pm

Devlin Hall – Room 026

Boston College

A thought provoking discussion of analog circuitry design with particular emphasis on practical, real world solutions.  The presentation will focus on objective, measurable imperfections that limit analog circuit performance.

Bruce is one of the founders of Audio Precision and is currently its Chairman.  Bruce focuses most of his time on new product development and technical research.  Bruce’s passion and expertise are in the areas of analog circuit design, ultra-low distortion signal generation and analysis, and wideband linear signal amplification.  Indeed, insiders often refer to him as the “precision” in Audio Precision.

Bruce’s career with state-of-the-art instrumentation began almost 46 years ago during the summer of 1969, when he was hired by Tektronix as a student engineering assistant.  He completed his BSEE degree from Oregon State University in 1970, and then spent the next 7 years at Tek designing high-speed sweep generators and horizontal deflection amplifiers for their 7000-series oscilloscope family.

In 1978, Bruce left the world of oscilloscopes to become engineering manager and the senior engineer of the Tektronix TM500 group that developed the SG505 audio oscillator and AA501 fully-automatic distortion analyzer.  Although these instruments were successful, Tek’s upper management decided they did not fit into the long term strategy of an oscilloscope company.  By then, the mixture of opportunity, talent, and entrepreneurial spirit had reached a critical mass.  In the autumn of 1984, Bruce and three fellow team members resigned from Tektronix, and launched a new company called Audio Precision.

Bruce has received 13 patents and written many technical articles and papers.  He has made numerous technical presentations to various sections of the Audio Engineering Society and other organizations, and has also served as a guest lecturer at Oregon State University and the Oregon Graduate Center.  In 1998, Bruce was inducted into the OSU “Engineering Hall of Fame” as one of its charter members.  Bruce has been a member of the Audio Engineering Society since 1977 and received its Fellowship Award in 1995.

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FROM POINTS NORTH AND SOUTH: Take Interstate 95 (Route 128) to Exit 24 (Route 30). Proceed east on Route 30, also known as Commonwealth Avenue, and follow for about five miles to Boston College.

FROM POINTS WEST: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Exit 17. At the first set of lights after the exit ramp, take a right onto Centre Street. Follow Centre Street to the fourth set of lights, and turn left onto Commonwealth Avenue. Follow Commonwealth Avenue 1-1/2 miles to Boston College.

FROM DOWNTOWN BOSTON: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Exit 17. Take a left over the bridge after passing the Sheraton Tara Hotel. Take the first right onto Centre Street. Follow above directions from Centre Street.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The Boston College branch of the MBTA’s “Green Line” (B) ends at the Boston-Newton boundary on Commonwealth Avenue

Devlin Hall is located in the center of the Chestnut Hill Campus. Parking is available in the Commonwealth Ave Garage for a minimal price. The entrance for Room 026 is in the rear of Devlin hall. Parking on Commonwealth Ave is also FREE!

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Ideal Microphone

Ideal Microphone

What does a Perfect Microphone Look Like, Sound Like

By Eric Blackmer

Tues. Mar. 10th, 7pm

Devlin Hall – Room 026

Boston College

This talk will attempt to define an ideal microphone. It will focus on David Blackmer’s work leading to Earthworks microphones in the context of his model of human hearing. It will discuss impulse response vs frequency response and issues of phase and coloration. It will be couched in a discussion of how humans hear and what it takes for a microphone to match the capabilities of human hearing. It will not be a sales pitch.

You might say Audio is in Eric’s genes. He has a long history in MI and ProAudio Sales as well as substantial experience building, outfitting, integrating and wiring recording studios. He was Director of Sales and Marketing at Earthworks from 1995 until 2003, and is once again at Earthworks helping to carry on the family legacy. Microphones are something of a specialty and most certainly a love of his.

 

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FROM POINTS NORTH AND SOUTH: Take Interstate 95 (Route 128) to Exit 24 (Route 30). Proceed east on Route 30, also known as Commonwealth Avenue, and follow for about five miles to Boston College.

FROM POINTS WEST: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Exit 17. At the first set of lights after the exit ramp, take a right onto Centre Street. Follow Centre Street to the fourth set of lights, and turn left onto Commonwealth Avenue. Follow Commonwealth Avenue 1-1/2 miles to Boston College.

FROM DOWNTOWN BOSTON: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Exit 17. Take a left over the bridge after passing the Sheraton Tara Hotel. Take the first right onto Centre Street. Follow above directions from Centre Street.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The Boston College branch of the MBTA’s “Green Line” (B) ends at the Boston-Newton boundary on Commonwealth Avenue

Devlin Hall is located in the center of the Chestnut Hill Campus. Parking is available in the Commonwealth Ave Garage for a minimal price. The entrance for Room 026 is in the rear of Devlin hall. Parking on Commonwealth Ave is also FREE!

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January Network Night Hosted at Mortal Music Recording

Tuesday, Feb. 24th, 7-10pm

50 Terminal Street
Bldg 2, Suite 316
Charlestown, MA 02129

www.mortalmusic.net

(617) 242-4344

Directions/Parking

50 Terminal Street is a pair of 8 story buildings called the Charlestown Commerce Center. Mortal is in Building 2, the one on the right with the big loading dock. Swing around to the right of the loading dock and you'll find plenty of parking, you will NOT need a parking pass. The entrance to the building is halfway down, look for the blue awning.

About the Studio

Mortal Music has been serving the local scene for about 25 years. Our focus has been on original music, singer-songwriter, rock, country, alt folk, experimental psycho-billy and jazz. Did I miss a genre? oh well.

 

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Annual Boston AES Holiday Party

http://www.futuraproductions.com

Join the Boston Section of the Audio Engineering Society at our annual Holiday Party. The party is hosted by John Weston of Futura Productions. It is a great time to meet new people, listen to the projects Futura has been working on. Feel free to bring a project to share. Food and beverages will be provided.

When: Tue, Dec 9, 2014,  7:00 – 10:00 PM

Where: Futura Productions
4 Belgrade Ave, Roslindale, MA 02131

We will be raffling off a copy of iZotope Ozone 6: Creative Mastering Platform. Tickets will be $2 each, $5 for 3 tickets and $10 for 10 tickets. A big thanks to iZotope for sponsoring this event!

Sponsored by:

Directions:
http://www.futuraproductions.com/info.html

Featuring a state-of-the-art recording studio located in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, Futura Productions handles a variety of projects from all over the world.
Home to the most advanced recording facility in New England, Futura Productions features a spacious control room containing one of the nation’s largest ProTools systems, acoustics for stereo and 5.1 surround sound, mastering quality monitoring, a large format (128 input) moving fader mixing surface with automation and recall of every mix parameter, a dizzying array of outboard gear ranging from vintage analog to modern high end digital, a comprehensive mic collection, and analog or 24 bit digital multitrack and mixdown capability. Film/TV and video game scoring and mix-to-pix projects are displayed in high-definition on the 100″ screen.
Recording ensembles of up to 60 musicians or 100 vocalists is easily handled in the live room, which measures an enormous 60′ by 38′ with a 22′ arched ceiling. This former Masonic lodge is the largest studio recording space in New England. It features a great ambient room sound with concert hall acoustics, 2 isolation rooms, and a 9′ Steinway CD327 concert grand piano. This magnificent piano features the “Hamburg” action and is widely considered to be one of the finest recording pianos on the east coast.
All styles, from pop to rock, classical, jazz, acappella, folk, electronica, dance, hip-hop, world music and gospel are welcome here. Whether you want to record a new album, or music for a film, TV show, or video game, Futura Productions can handle it. We have worked with numerous platinum level producers and engineers such as Lou Giordano, Bob St. John, Anthony Resta, P Diddy, and Tom Bates.
John Weston, prior to starting Futura Productions, was a co-owner of one of New England’s most successful recording studios, Metropolis Recording Studio. John has recorded and produced many projects for both major and independent record labels, and has worked with numerous platinum level producers and engineers. In 2007, John was nominated for the Latin Grammy Record of the Year for his work with Beyonce and Shakira on the song “Beautiful Liar”.

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Open House and Studio Tour at Hearstudios

RSVP is required. To confirm attendance, get directions, accommodations / dining info, etc., email Bob Thompson at info@hearstudios.com.

Saturday, November 22, 11AM - 6PM

4 Union Street, Camden Maine, 04843

www.hearstudios.com

About the Event:

Hosts Jason Hearst (Owner / Chief Engineer) and Bob Thompson (Business Manager / Creative Director) extend an invitation to visit one of New England’s premier recording facilities, located on the beautiful coast of Maine in rustic Camden Village. Designed by Lou Clark of Sonic Space and Jason Hearst, this reconditioned 19th century grain barn was the cover story / featured studio in the Class of 2013 / June issue of Mix Magazine. http://mixonline.com/recording/studio_design/class_of_2013/ . Neve 5088, Barefoot MM12s, Aviom System, 22,000 c.f. live room, unique design isolation rooms, Yamaha C7 Concert Grand Piano, one of the most extensive instrument and amp selections north of NYC, two artist’s accommodation houses, and much more. Hear an informal presentation of details of the studio’s design and construction, audition the Aviom Personal Monitor System and the Barefoot MM12s, check out the vintage guitar and amp collection, networking / meet-and-greets with regional industry professionals, and experience the beauty of Camden Harbor, which is one block from the studio.

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October Network Night hosted at Electric Treehouse Studios

Tuesday, Oct. 28th, 7-10pm

251 Old Billerica Road
Bedford, MA 01730-1275

http://electrictreehousestudios.com/

(781) 454-5938

Directions/Parking: There is plenty of free street parking in front of the building.

About the Studio

The Electric Tree House is located in Bedford MA and takes its namesake from the beautiful natural scene surrounding the studio and visible through the windows ringing the facility. The Tree House consists of a large live room and adjoining control room, both designed by Lou Clark of Sonic Space, with isolation and recording options located throughout the building. The place was built with flexibility, performance and great sound in mind. The studio is a hybrid analog-digital setup, utilizing ProTools as the center of the recording process with a host of analog gear utilized for pre-amplification and sound processing at different stages of the creation process. Oh - and it sounds great!

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