I just wanted to give an update on this event. As an audio person, this was extremely touching and important to me.
First off, it was nice to be on Sony Pictures lot. We didn't get to poke around too much, but the history there is deep, and it was the right setting to convey the message about audio's contribution to the arts and entertainment. Chest deep in gravitas, if you know what I mean.
Second, the production was not perfect. I remarked to my wife early that I would not want to crew for an event where professionals were recognizing professionals - though the few gaffes were mostly laughed off, it was an extremely tough crowd for dead mics and missed ques, both from the audience and from the stage. While we have all been there, we've also all been there.
What really happened and why was it so important ? While l have seen other awards tangentially recognize engineering in reference / support of a larger artistic effort, this was engineers recognizing their own. Ears, emotion and technique calling out the best in our industry and the best of our peers. I was humbled by the grace and support of legends and heroes w.r.t. this cause. Committee members flew from across the globe, some more than 12 hours, at least one more than 24 hours, to participate in recognizing the spectrum of their peers, from engineers with decade long careers with superstars to the best new intern in the business. And there was incredible, genuine candor about how hard it is to make it - about the grind, being late on your rent, the long hours, and the support of friends and family, partners and children that allow and encourage you to to focus and reach those heights. I'm not sure how much of that will get excerpted from the broadcast - there was some incredible frank ( and baudy ) talk from the dias last night.
Bruce Swedien was the guest of honor, and none other than Quincy Jones showed up to bequeath the award. Many tales were told by friends and staff that have worked with them over the years, from some of the most recognizable studios in the world.
But what was most special, was that we didn't just met Bruce Swedien, Quincy Jones, Chris Lord Alge, folks from Barefoot, Native Instruments, iZotope, ASE, NAMM, Avid, and a boatload of this years finest audio engineers. These folks were all conversing with everyone, young engineers and old, live, and studio, post and software engineers. We honored fallen comrades and gave the nod to the next stars. Quincy Jones talked about how to get along in the studio, shooting the breeze with some of the kids of Mother's Finest, and then gave me a 10 minute dump on arranging for big bands vs pop. Chris Lord Alge gave me a hard time about some poor equipment choices, and then poked me about getting out of audio and into networking ( and back again ). Bruce and I briefly talked about my experience at Full Sail. There was a lot of hope around full sized desks, facilities, and thoughts around changing the perception of this art going forward. Please remember, I'd never met these icons before last night - they were people in the pages of Mix Magazine that I hoped one day to be 1/1000th as good as, and here we are, complaining about fancy cheese and software licensing.
I came away with a boatload of new contacts, renewed relationships, and frankly, a sense of responsibility to continue to contribute and foster the community and the art.
I highly, highly recommend that anyone doing more than keeping their hand in go next year. I can't thank the Pensado team enough for the opportunity!