Fast Talk – Interviews

Extending the reach of Fast-and-Wide through interviews with key industry figures

Interview: Aleks Kolkowski – In Search of Perfect Sound

The Exponential Horn

While Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Welcome to the Pleasuredome album is anticipating an extremely limited anniversary re-release, London’s Science Museum is exhibiting a recreation of a pioneering 1929 loudspeaker design.

There is casual coincidence in the naming of the exponential horn and Pleasuredome producer Trevor Horn, but they also have a tangible connection in their pursuit of sound fidelity against a tide of lo-fi digital distribution.

   

Interview: Tim Moore/Más Music Productions

Tim MooreIt began with Waves’ announcement that it was accepting bitcoins as an alternative to established currencies in exchange for its plug-ins. A newsworthy move, and one that prompted a closer look at Bitcoin and its place in audio…

A journey through new money, new tech, crime and corruption ended at the door of a California recording studio, where Tim Moore sees an exciting future for Bitcoin in music.

   

Interview: Nick Chmara/VDC

Fibre opticsEntering a vast, uncharted cave system, the team suddenly lose contact with their advance reconnaissance. A broken fibre-optic link has them fearing the worst, but our man is safe and the link is quickly repaired – then the real trouble begins.

If the monsters we later encounter as the team explore the secret depths of Bruce Hunt’s The Cave are somewhat far-fetched, terminating fibre with crimps and electrical tape is simply ridiculous…

   

Interview: Craig Richardson/Symetrix

Conference roomThe phrase ‘poor relation’ is uncomfortably familiar to most audio professionals. Whether in broadcast, live sound, club installations or even games, the achievements of audio technologies and technicians are regularly obscured by everything from lighting to CGI. Even conferencing systems suffer the same injustice – as elsewhere, audio gets most attention when it fails.

But conferencing is presently a hot topic – particularly for Symetrix.

   

Interview: Cadac’s Comeback

CDC EightRichard Ferriday and James Godbehear are in agreement – while their recent move from Midas to Cadac took the industry by surprise, it also presented them with something of a culture shock.

‘We’re now in a place where our contribution can make a difference to what goes on,’ Ferriday says. ‘It’s nice to be back in a position where you can make decisions and live or die by them.’

   

Interview: Marcus Attwood/Vintage Rock Drum Loops

Audio Dynamite‘I’d say I am a bit of a gear geek – I am obsessed with mics and preamps,’ confesses Audio Dynamite founder Marcus Attwood – the man behind the Vintage Rock Drum Loops range.

‘Recording drums is my favourite part of a production – you get the chance to get all your favourite mics out and experiment with them – I think it’s a bit of a dark art really…

   

Interview: Paul Nicholson/VirtualXpo

IphonwWhile geographically expansive, the world of pro audio is modestly populated. In any specific sector, the key players comprise a small but extremely mobile club. It’s a ‘people business’ – perfectly suited to a trade show’s ability to bring people together.

In reality, while a show might appear big and busy, it can easily be exhausting, exasperating and expensive. Now there’s an alternative…

   

Interview: Chris D’bais/Technicians Crew Pass

Chris D'baisStepping in where magazines and manufacturers’ own channels of communication have failed, Technicians Crew Pass is a new social website expressly aimed at Australian audio and A/V technicians.

‘The aim is to help better the industry by having the most up-to-date information about what is happening in the industry right now, and by working with technicians from all over Australia,’ says Chris D’bais.

   

Interview: Orbital's Chris Headlam

Chris Headlam‘It is inherent in the nature of this business to hoard equipment,’ – this business being equipment rental and the speaker being Chris Headlam. Specifically, high-end theatre equipment rental, as dispatched by Headlam’s London-based Orbital Sound operation.

Clearly, any rental company’s inventory is essential to its operation. But what happens when the inventory begins to handicap the company?

   

Interview: Jazz Lab Recording Studio

UCO‘Almost from the beginning, there were students who were interested in learning in the studio, so an apprenticeship programme developed. Music technology courses developed and we added – to our knowledge – the only Master of Music Jazz Studies Degree with a Major in Music Production in the US.’

From the outset, Jazz Lab Recording Studio Director Brian Gorrell was central to the action and to recent developments...

   

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