Rochester’s Eastman School of Music is distinguished as being one of the premier music conservatories in the world. Since it was established in 1921, its commitment to excellence has seen generations of graduates go on to achieve renown in the fields of classical music and jazz. What is not as well-known is the huge impact the school has had on the field of audio production resulting from their early adoption of recording technology for instructional and archival purposes.
Apart from amassing the largest archive of recorded music in the world, the school hosted a series of “Recording Institutes” from 1968 to 1986, in what could be considered the original recording school.
Here, a generation of audio professionals, including such iconic names as Bob Ludwig and Phil Ramone, were able to explore the state of the art in audio technology and practice. Several members of the Toronto AES Section participated as students in these workshops and some, most notably Neil Muncy, served as instructors.