October 31-November 1, 2013
Ankara, Turkey

IASIG @ ATMM 2013 Conference

IASIG members were featured speakers for several sessions at ATMM 2013.

ATMM 2013 was hosted by the Department of Communication and Design at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.

ATMM 2013 featured a tightly-packed program with 27 presentations, two workshops, one panel and a performance. The number of visitors were almost 400, a huge leap compared to last year.

After the conference IASIG members Stephen Harwood Jr and Lennie Moore visited Istanbul and delivered a presentation at SAE Institute Istanbul.

ATMM 2013 keynote was delivered by Lennie Moore who has been a proven force as an accomplished composer, orchestrator and arranger of music for video games, film, and television for 25 years. His credits include Star Wars: The Old Republic, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, The Walking Dead Motion Comic, Watchmen Motion Comic (2008 G.A.N.G. award winner), and Dirty Harry among many others. Moore is not only a professional, but also an educator as well. He has developed the first accredited degree program for Game Audio and Interactive Media at Pinnacle College, and also developed and taught Composing for Video Games courses at the USC Thornton School of Music and UCLA Extension.

ATMM 2013, in collaboration with IASIG, brought “Game Audio Theory and Practice” panel to Bilkent University. Presented by Stephen Harwood Jr and Lennie Moore, this session unveiled the essential concepts and practical approaches used in the creation of sound and music for video games, and, also, other interactive virtual environments.

Stephen Harwood Jr is a composer, orchestrator and sound designer for video games and film. His credits include Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30, Brothers in Arms: D-Day and Propaganda Lander among many others. Harwood Jr has previously taught at New York University and worked as an independent orchestrator for Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Game Audio at Mercy College and an Instructor of Game Audio at SAE Institute, New York.

ATMM 2013 hosted a presentation by Pieter Snapper, the founder of the MIAM studios and co-founder of Babajim Istanbul Studios & Mastering, on contemporary opera production techniques. Snapper is a mastering engineer, producer, and composer of contemporary classical and electronic music. His works have been played in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He has received awards from BMI, ASCAP, UC Berkeley, the Union League Foundation, and commissions from the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, Yamaha Corporation of America, the ensemble Eighth Blackbird (three time Grammy-winners), and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

ATMM 2013 featured a panel on audio education, organized and moderated by Liz Teutsch (Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus). Panelists included Arda Eden and Hüseyin Hacihabiboglu, and IASIG members Stephen Harwood Jr, Lennie Moore and Ufuk Önen. Teutsch, the former Director of Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University, is an Associate Professor and the Assistant Director of Academic Technology at Berklee Valencia. She teaches courses in music production and technology at the Valencia campus, which launched its new Master’s Degree in Music Technology Innovation this fall.

ATMM 2013 also featured a mixing clinic by renowned audio engineer Mehmet Ugur Memis. Memis’s credits include Iskender Paydas, Peter Murphy, Feridun Düzagaç, Volkan Basaran and Ogün Sanlisoy.

The prominent bass guitar player Cem Tuncer, who has worked and played with names such as Artun Ertürk, Pamela, Volkan Öktem and Dave Weckl, delivered a seminar at ATMM 2013 about the factors that affect the quality of bass guitar tones.

ATMM 2013 was pleased to host “Remote: Relocating Sound”, platform of discussion on various subjects related with the current focusing points of contemporary sound-art milieu. The expressive potentials of sound-art performances, sonification of scientific data, interpretation of remote information were some of the topics of presentations, workshops, and performances. “Remote: Relocating Sound”, curated by Basak Senova, is a joint project of ArtUP!, NOMAD and Bilkent University. Participants of the project were Marcus Schmickler (Germany), HR Stamenov (Bulgaria), 1000 names (Bulgaria), Medea Electronique (Greece), and NOMAD (Turkey).

Last but not least, ATMM 2013 featured presentations of peer-reviewed academic papers by scholars from various academic institutions.