Magnetic Tape Transforms the Music Industry

Magnetic Tape Transforms the Music Industry

By Dr. Toby Mountain

Tues. October 11th, 7pm

LOCATION CHANGE: Devlin Hall – Room 010

Boston College

For members who came to the May 19, 2015 AES lecture entitled “The Birth of Stereophonic Recording” about the development of the Magnetophon, this lecture is the sequel.

Toby will recount how a revolutionary audio recording technology made its way across the Atlantic in the wake of World War II.  The magnetic tape recorder was a German invention, but the Americans used and developed the technology to completely change audio production techniques. The author will recount several fascinating stories surrounding these events and play a variety of musical excerpts.

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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