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Apr 23 2024


6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

AES Pacific Northwest Section Event – Recording the Boston Symphony Orchestra

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is one of the most recorded ensembles in American history. There have been many articles and descriptions of this history of BSO recordings over the years, (BSO | Koussevitzky on Microphone: Over the Airwaves and On Record), and the acoustic quality of Boston Symphony Hall is unexcelled.

In recent years, the BSO has undertaken a project to fully realize its audio and video recording capabilities. This has included a fully revised control room space as well as a technical infrastructure which is of industry standard. These upgrades corresponded with the appointment of Andris Nelsons as Music Director in 2014. Maestro Nelsons was enthusiastic when approached regarding recording projects,and suggested a Shostakovich symphony as an initial recording. This proved quite successful and allowed for an extended Shostakovich cycle to include all Symphonies, Concerti and the Opera ‘Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk’.

This presentation will describe the current recording process as well as the technical capabilities at Symphony Hall.

Speaker Bios:

Shawn Murphy, Recording Engineer & Consultant, Independent / BSO 

Shawn Murphy has recorded and mixed over four hundred-fifty feature films during a forty+ year career. With degrees from San Francisco State University (B.A.) and Stanford University (M.F.A.) Mr. Murphy has worked variously in Live Sound Production and Mixing, Radio, Television, and Theatrical Sound and Technical Direction. Additionally, Mr. Murphy acts as consultant for the Pacific Symphony, Boston Symphony, San Diego Symphony and Chicago Symphony Orchestras in the areas of audio recording, production and reinforcement. He has received an Academy Award, Grammy Awards and Emmy Award for his work in sound production and recording.

Nick Squire, BSO Recording Engineer, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Nick Squire is a Grammy award-winning recording engineer based in Boston, MA. In his current position as the Lead Recording Engineer at the Boston Symphony, he works with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, and Boston Symphony Chamber Players, among others. He earned his Bachelor of Music in percussion performance at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and his Master of Music in sound recording at McGill University. When not at Symphony Hall or Tanglewood, Mr. Squire can be found working with independent musical groups around Boston, cycling, or reading up on the latest NASA news.

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