‘Loudness guru’ Florian Camerer named AES Warsaw keynote

The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has announced that sound engineer and loudness standards guru Florian Camerer will give the keynote speech during the opening ceremonies at the AES 138th International Convention.

Home to numerous recording facilities, movie studios, broadcast and media production houses and more, Warsaw is the setting for Poland’s first ever AES Convention, which will host a range of tutorials, workshops, engineering briefs and paper sessions. Camerer’s keynote takes place at 1pm on Thursday 7 May.

Camerer is a longtime member of the AES and current sound engineer for ORF, the Austrian national public service broadcaster. He holds a position on the AES Technical Committee on Sound for Digital Cinema and Television, as well as on Standards Committees SC-02-08 (Audio File Transfer and Exchange) and SC-02-08-E (X212 HRTF file format). His keynote speech, titled ‘Zen and the Art of Listening’ will focus on aspects of true listening and communication as it applies to our daily lives.

“The world in 2015 is a noisy place. Car traffic, airplanes, construction sites, cellphone ringtones, music and Muzak everywhere,” Camerer remarked. “There is little chance to escape the constant beating of our eardrums. This has many consequences, not only for professional audio engineers, but for daily life, for relationships, for communication, for our sense of detail, for attentiveness, for subtlety. In this talk, focus will be put on raising the awareness for listening instead of hearing, for timing out instead of burning out, for opening the senses to receive something that is at the heart of communication since millennia: a story.”

“Florian has been one of the top generals in the loudness wars, and I’m looking forward to hearing his ideas on how we can build awareness for the importance of hearing, audio quality, and listening,” stated AES executive director Bob Moses. “I expect this to be a very thought-provoking keynote speech.“

The AES 138th International Convention will be held in Warsaw, Poland, 7 – 10 May at the Sofitel Victoria Hotel.