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Saturday, October 23 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Anatomy of a Hit Album Under Quarantine - Harmonium Symphonique

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Histoires sans paroles - Harmonium Symphonique, a symphonic re-interpretation of the music of influential 1970's Montreal-based progressive folk-rock band Harmonium, was recorded, mixed and mastered during the pandemic through a long-distance collaboration between engineers in Montreal and Los Angeles. The studio sessions included recording the 68-piece Orchestre symphonique de Montreal (OSM) and choir at Montreal's 1,900-seat Maison symphonique (Symphony House) - with all involved practicing safe social distancing and other pandemic precautions. The album, within just seven weeks after its release, was certified platinum in Canada, and staggeringly, this album has done the unthinkable; going platinum the OLD way, sticking to physical units and downloads and not releasing the record to streaming services, and being available only via online orders. In this panel, you will hear directly from the artist, and the recording and mastering engineers how they used a number of online tools to conference, collaborate, trade mix notes, monitor progress and see the project to fruition while maintaining social distance during this landmark recording.

Moderators
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Brian (Bt) Gibbs

Skyline Entertainment & Publishing
AES member passionate about every and all things immersive! Brian (Bt) "Gibbs" is co-owner & principal at Skyline Entertainment & Publishing in Silicon Valley. With 30+ record credits in 2020, Gibbs uses his B.M. from Berklee College of Music (Jazz Composition) as a record producer... Read More →

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Serge Fiori

Born in Montreal on March 4, 1952, from a very young age Serge Fiori started to play in his father's Big Band Orchestra, subbing for the “missing musicians of the day”. Thanks to this unique experience, passing from drums, keyboards, flutes, and all sorts of strings instruments... Read More →
avatar for Charles-Émile Beaudin

Charles-Émile Beaudin

Charles-Émile Beaudin is a recording and mixing engineer working in the studio but also on the road in a recording truck.Early in his career, he had the opportunity to start recording live bands and mixing the performances for tv or cinema in surround sound. Working with band and... Read More →
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Reuben Cohen

Lurssen Mastering
Reuben Cohen is an award-winning mastering engineer, winning a Latin Grammy for his work on Diego Torres' album "Distinto," and a TEC Award for his work on the single, "Happy," by Pharrell Williams. He has worked with many notable and award-winning artists including Metallica, Pharrell... Read More →
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Simon Leclerc

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
A graduate of Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, Simon Leclerc studied at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and quickly immersed himself into a multitude of musical spheres: from pop backup singer (Céline Dion) to musicals (Gala, Les Misérables), he quickly became a highly... Read More →
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Gavin Lurssen

Lurssen Mastering
Gavin Lurssen has been a mastering engineer since 1991 and has been in the forefront of and contributor to the many technical developments that have taken place in the industry over the past two decades. He is a twelve-time Grammy nominee and a four-time Grammy winner. Artists whose... Read More →
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Rick Winquest

Rick Winquest


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
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