On October 15-17, 2021, Moscow will host the Second International Symposium “The Sound Recording Industry of Academic Music,” 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 the event’s planning (RMS).
The following symposium will be the country’s largest music industry event, concentrating on current music business issues. It will be attended by well-known Russian and international sound engineers and music producers, who will share knowledge and cooperate, debate major industry challenges and potential solutions, and brainstorm methods to grow the domestic sound recording sector of academic music.
The symposium will feature speakers such as Udo Potraz, sound engineer for the Hamburg Elbe Philharmonic, Erdo Groot, director, producer, and balance specialist for Polyhymnia International (Netherlands), and Maria Soboleva, professor at the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography, the Moscow Conservatory, and the Institute of Contemporary Art. Mikhail Spassky, sound engineer at the Moscow Conservatory; Viktor Osadchev, director of the Gnesins sound engineering department at the Russian Academy of Music; Andrey Levin, sound engineer for “Mosfilm,” and others.
Udo Potraz adds, “The Symposium is a fantastic chance for recording industry specialists to exchange their expertise, ideas, and viewpoints on how to improve sound quality in the twenty-first century.”
The agenda for the event is wide and diverse. The business component includes a scientific and practical conference titled “Sound engineering – the Future Profession,” as well as 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.
Master classes on studio recording, archival recording restoration, vinyl mastering, and electroacoustic music sound engineering will also be offered, as well as presentations on classical sound engineering, concert recording, orchestral technology in cinema, and electroacoustic music sound engineering. The Moscow Conservatory, the Bolshoi Theater, the Novaya Opera, the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre, the Helikon-Opera, the Mosfilm studio, and the CineLab will all provide technical visits to symposium attendees.
At the World Trade Center site, a vast display of professional and web site sound equipment will be set up, with Neumann, Nikfi, Oktava, and other businesses showing new advances in the field of sound technology. During the conference, the Moscow Conservatory’s Center for Electroacoustic Music will also play in Rachmaninov Hall.
Because of the inclusion of a block on education in the field of sound engineering, 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.
Among the organizations that have come together to support copyright holders are Radio Orpheus, the International Music Council (IMC), the European Music Council (EMC), Radio Russia, the All-Russian Congress of Sound Engineers of Music Programs, and the National Foundation for the Support of Copyright Holders. The Kultura newspaper, the “Kulturomania” web site, the InterMedia information agency, the magazines “Musical Life” and “Sound Engineer,” as well as the audio equipment retailer Dr. Head, are all sponsors of the Pure Sound Prize and International Symposium.