The Second International Symposium “The Sound Recording Industry of Academic Music” will be held in Moscow on October 15-17, 2021, as part of the International Prize for the Best Audio Recording of Russian Academic Music “Pure Sound.” The Russian Musical Union is in charge of organizing the event (RMS).
The next symposium is the country’s largest industry event focusing on current music industry problems. Its participants will include prominent Russian and worldwide sound engineering and music production experts: They will gather to share knowledge and collaborate, to discuss the industry’s key issues and potential solutions, and to generate ideas for the expansion of the domestic sound recording business of academic music.
Udo Potraz, sound engineer of the Elbe Philharmonic in Hamburg (Germany); Erdo Groot, director, producer, and balance specialist of the record label Polyhymnia International (Netherlands); and Maria Soboleva, professor at the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography, the Moscow Conservatory, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, are among the symposium’s speakers. Mikhail Spassky, Moscow Conservatory’s sound engineer; Viktor Osadchev, director of the Russian Academy of Music’s sound engineering department named after the Gnesins; Andrey Levin, sound engineer “Mosfilm,” and others.
“The Symposium is an excellent opportunity for recording industry professionals to share knowledge, ideas, and perspectives on how to improve sound quality in the twenty-first century,” Udo Potraz adds.
The forum’s curriculum is extensive and diversified. It includes a business component, which includes a scientific and practical conference titled “Sound engineering – the profession of the future,” followed by the publication of a collection of materials; a round table discussion on vocational education in the field of sound engineering; public discussions on copyright issues; and interaction between a sound engineer and a composer, performer, producer, and label.
There will also be lectures on classical sound engineering, concert recording, orchestral technology in cinema, and master classes on studio recording, archival recording restoration, vinyl mastering, and sound engineering in electroacoustic music. The symposium participants will be treated to interesting technical tours of the Moscow Conservatory, the Bolshoi Theater, the Novaya Opera, the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre, the Helikon-Opera, the Mosfilm studio, and the CineLab.
A large exhibition of professional and sound equipment will be put up at the World Trade Center site, with Neumann, Nikfi, Oktava, and other companies showcasing new things in the field of sound technology. The Moscow Conservatory’s Center for Electroacoustic Music will also perform at Rachmaninov Hall during the conference.
The international forum will become a one-of-a-kind platform not only for practicing sound engineers and sound technicians, employees of sound workshops of music and drama theaters, concert halls, recording companies, and film studios, but also for teachers and students of higher and secondary educational institutions, due to the inclusion of a block on education in the field of sound engineering.
Radio Orpheus, International Music Council (IMC), European Music Council (EMC), Radio Russia, All-Russian Congress of Sound Engineers of Music Programs, National Foundation for the Support of Copyright Holders The Pure Sound Prize and International Symposium are co-sponsored by the Kultura newspaper, the information site “Kulturomania,” the information agency InterMedia, the magazines “Musical Life” and “Sound Engineer,” as well as the audio equipment retailer Dr. Head.