AES to turn spotlight on environmental issues

'Green' touring solutions to make their mark at NYC audio convention.
Foo Fighters on stage at Live Earth London. The 2007 concert series showcased sustainable lighting technologies.
Foo Fighters on stage at Live Earth London. The 2007 concert series showcased sustainable lighting technologies.

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This year’s AES Convention in New York is set to feature a raft of technical presentations relating to live sound production from some of the leading experts in the field.

The Live Sound conference stream, which will be co-chaired by Henry Cohen and Mac Kerr, will also turn the spotlight on environmental issues and how they relate to live sound and touring applications.

A significant highlight of this year’s programme will a Green Touring Solutions session chaired by AES Education Committee vice chairman John Krivit, which will showcase how top-line artists including The Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson and Sheryl Crow, are incorporating ‘green’ practices to reduce the environmental impact of touring.

A panel of experts, advocates and artists will also discuss ways to reduce a tour’s carbon footprint.

Other sessions will include ‘Practical advice for wireless system users’, chaired by James Stoffo; ‘Microphone dressing’, chaired by Mary McGregor; ‘State of the art loudspeaker design for live sound’, by Tom Young; and ‘Microphone selection and techniques for live sound’, by Dean Giavaras.

“[This year’s Live Sound Events schedule] is comprehensive, authoritative and boasts a particularly strong line up of high-level presenters,” said AES executive director Roger Furness.

“The recommendations made by co-chairs Henry Cohen and Mac Kerr echo the invaluable insights they have acquired during their own years on the road.”

The 127th AES Convention will be held at NY’s Javits Center Oct. 9-12, 2009

 

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