The Producers & Engineers Wing (P&E Wing) of The Recording Academy broke new ground with the appointment of recording technologist/pro audio journalist Steph Jorgl as its new Executive Director and by launching a new remix delivery standards committee headed by Brian Transeau (BT), a member of the Producers & Engineers Wing Steering Committee.
"The P&E Wing is a key component as the Academy strives to grow and develop its operational infrastructure to serve its members in a relevant and focused manner," said Recording Academy President Neil Portnow. "Steph possesses vast knowledge and understanding that encompasses broad segments of the technical industry which will be of great value to the P&E Wing, along with her diverse background and expertise."
For the last six years, Jorgl has worked as a pro audio journalist, editor and publisher covering new developments in digital audio, reviewing audio software and hardware, and writing in-the-studio pieces and feature stories on top producers, composers, engineers, and sound designers such as Butch Vig, Jimmy Douglass, and Trent Reznor for Apple.com, Digizine, EQ, Prosoundweb.com, Scratch, and her own Web site, Audiohead.net. She brings to The Recording Academy more than 13 years of hands-on industry experience. She studied audio engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and she holds a B.A. in political science from San Jose State University.
Following closely on the heels of the release of its technical recommendation document, "Guidelines for Pro Tools Session Interchange," the Producers & Engineers Wing has begun development of a "Remix Delivery Standards" guideline. At the request of Producers & Engineers Wing Steering Committee member, noted producer, film composer and recording artist BT, a "Remix Delivery Standards" committee will soon be formed. This new committee will work to release its recommendations by fall 2005.
"I am really excited about the prospect of actualizing a remix standard delivery requirement," said BT. "I think that this could be a great source of revenue for both artists and labels that is completely unexplored. There is an entire new demographic of music-savvy fans that would love nothing more than the prospect of taking Jay-Z's vocal and putting it over the Killers. If we have a standardized remix format, online download services like iTunes can sell a 'bundle' of loops, stems and MIDI files that open directly in
Garage Band or Live - and for a buck or two, any 14-year-old kid can dissect, remix, mix and match tracks by his or her favorite artists. There's a huge market out there for this and the prospect of getting it started, as we did with the Dance Music Album category for the GRAMMY's, is very exciting."
The Producers & Engineers Wing was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording community. The P&E Wing provides The Academy with a vehicle to reach a specific constituency, to craft advocacy positions, and to better address the daily concerns of these professionals.