June 2021 Meeting Notice: Martin Benge “From Grooves to Gigabytes”

The next online meeting of the AES Melbourne Section will be on Monday 21st June April 2021 at 7:30pm.

Abbey Road and EMI Studios 301 engineer/producer/studio manager Martin Benge will present on the topic:

From Grooves to Gigabytes

Navigating the Recording Business from the Sixties Onward.

Martin will be talking about how he got started in the industry, his experiences at Abbey Road and will be reflecting on how the business operated in the early 60s while examining the timeline on technical developments.

Martin Benge at EMI Studios 301, Sydney at the EMI TG12345 Console – circa 1975.
Photo courtesy Martin Benge

Much of this will be through the prism of the EMI organisation (Electric & Musical Industries) and his time within and without the company both in the UK and in Australia over his 40 years working in the audio recording industry in various roles, including the early years training as an apprentice, to technical engineer, balance engineer, producer/engineer, and studio manager and more recently his volunteering role in community radio.

 About Martin Benge:Martin Benge’s career spans more than 40 years of continuous involvement in the Australian and UK music recording industries, from engineering apprentice, to recording engineer, producer, studio manager, and more recently independent consultant and radio presenter.
Having stared out in London in the early 1960s Martin worked his way through EMI’s Abbey Road Studios training scheme and went on to fulfill his ambition to be a balance engineer at the studios working on a wide range of recording sessions from rock bands to symphony orchestras.
Martin emigrated to Australia in 1971 and joined EMI Studios in Sydney where he worked as recording engineer before going freelance and branching out into production and forming his own business which operated in Australia until 1993 when he returned to London to take up the position of Vice President of the EMI UK Studios Group which included the recently acquired Virgin Studios as well as the Abbey Road facility.
He returned to Australia 5 years later and formed a consultancy business working on various local and international studio projects including the acquisition, relocation and rebuild of Studios 301 by the SAE Group in Sydney and Byron Bay.
More recently Martin retired from the recording industry and now works as a volunteer radio presenter in the Jervis Bay area on the NSW South Coast.

All are welcome.
This will be a Zoom Meeting session, and bookings are required, so the Zoom session details can be distributed to attendees.

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