Many readers who have known us as the Interfacio business has evolved over the last seventeen years, will know that when we are not busy pitching our services at events around the world or working hard on talent search and recruitment assignments, we enjoy spending time working with the next generation of talent looking to carve out their own careers in the world of audio and media technology.
The last few months have been no exception during which we have been especially busy on the education and training side including having the opportunity to get involved with a new university collaboration in France, a country very close to our hearts.
Above: Isabelle with members of the team from IMDEA in Le Mans back in May
We wrote earlier in the year about what we got up to in Dublin with the Audi Engineering Society Convention in March including our continued involvement with the Student Design Competition, Education and Career Fair and the all important AES Student Party! You can read about our time in Dublin in full here.
While we were in Dublin we were invited to visit Le Mans University in France to visit and meet with the students on the world-renowned International Masters Degree in ElectroAcoustics Programme. Interfacio Director and lead European Business Consultant, Isabelle Wear spent an enjoyable day with Professors Manuel Melon and Bruno Gazengel and some of the IMDEA participants, presenting and facilitating a day of sessions explaining about the wide variety of career opportunities in the industry, and talking about how to approach moving into the world of work, developing positive professional learning attitudes and sharing tips around applying for jobs, CVs, interviews and beyond. Many thanks again to Manuel and Bruno and all of the students and team at Le Mans for inviting us and extending such a warm welcome to Isabelle.
Another thing to come out of our visit to Dublin was our meeting with Charles Holbrow from the MIT Media Lab in Boston, participant in the Saul Walker Student Design Competition and recipient of the Interfacio Mentoring Award for Product and Career Development. This collaboration with the AES Student Delegate Assembly is now in its fourth year and our award is presented at both the European and North American AES Conventions to the entrant whose design most catches our imagination for its commercial potential and who we feel is best placed to benefit from this prize.
Jo and Richard enjoyed some fascinating discussions with Charlie over the summer leaning more about his development of a multi-tempo compositional engine and discussing how these ideas and wider his research might be developed and applied to the increasingly active and commercial field of intelligent music production and composition. This is a fascinating area of study and Charlie is leading the way in some of the most highly advanced thinking and research currently being worked on. We really enjoyed working with Charlie and appreciated the enthusiasm and openness with which he approached our sessions together. Charlie himself had this to say about his experience working with us;
“Interfacio has done something really unique and valuable in their support of the AES Student Design Competition. Most of the prizes that are awarded are hardware or software, but the Interfacio prize is something different, and possibly more valuable: Time with industry veterans. Jo and Richard really worked to understand and respond to what I am working on. In doing so, they were especially insightful and helpful, bringing a practical perspective from industry that is hard to find in academia. In addition, they are both just friendly, and it was a pleasure to spend time with them. If you have the opportunity to meet with Interfacio, snatch it up.”
Thank you Charlie for this, and also for your generous offer to give Richard a personal tour of the MIT Media Lab during to his recent visit to Boston in October. A uniquely inspiring and incredible place where some amazing research and development is being undertaken across fields as diverse as synthetic neuro-biology, viral communications, poetic justice, opera of the future, city science, fluid interfaces, object based media and many more.
Immediately following this visit we were back in New York for another Audio Engineering Society Convention. Our North American and Asia Pacific Consultant Bardy Hayes attended a busy Education and Career Fair and Richard got to wrap his rather out of practice engineering brain around some more student design competition papers and presentations. This year we were especially intrigued and impressed by the entry from Matthew Cheshire, who is currently Studio manager at Birmingham University and also a PhD student there researching into intelligent music production. Matthew’s design was a robotic drum arm for consistent strike velocity during timbre comparison studies, which follows his earlier work looking at spectral modification of various drum mics and snare drum tonalities, and we are looking forward to working with Matthew.
Of course an AES Convention would not be complete without the AES Student Party which Interfacio were again honoured to be supporting, and this year this took place at the Houndstooth Pub only a few blocks from the Javits Convention Centre. After battling through torrential rain, we enjoyed meeting up with some familiar faces from around the global audio engineering student and teaching community and also meeting first time visitors to an AES show who are just starting to explore ideas and opportunities to develop their careers in audio.
Closer to home and most recently, we enjoyed a day out in Birmingham in November to attend the fourth annual Production Futures event organized by Mondiale Publishing, where school, college and university students alongside young working freelance engineers and designers came together to learn more about careers in the live events industry. We had the pleasure of hosting a session on careers in the industry, giving practical advice on how to get you dream job and how to keep it. You can read more about Production Futures here.
If you are interested to know how we might be able to offer career guidance or advice at your educational institute or if you would like to understand more about the sort of career opportunities open to your students, do get in touch and we will be happy to speak with you about this.