||Certain positions at Bang &
Olufsen require individuals who can combine
passion, science, and research, with the stringent
requirements of product-related development.
One such position is a ‘Tonmeister’,
a German title for someone who knows how to
test sound perception and use that knowledge
to modify a sound system.
When recording a CD in a studio, three professional
groups are involved: a Studio Technician,
who brings technical know-how to the recording
sessions; the Producer, who has the musical
expertise to showcase the musician’s
abilities; and the Sound Editor, who mixes
the recordings into the final result.
A Tonmeister is, broadly speaking, a combination
of all three professions in one and the same
person. To combine music with science and
engineering requires that the Tonmeister is
able to combine musical passion and performance
with highly logical reasoning, and the technical
ability required for recording music.
Geoff Martin is Bang & Olufsen’s
Tonmeister. Originally from Canada, Geoff
Martin holds a Ph.D. from McGill University
in Montreal, where he developed software that
could simulate the acoustic conditions in
a concert hall. The goal was a generic model
of a virtual concert hall, in to which the
physical characteristics of an actual concert
hall could be programmed. Geoff Martin first
came into contact with Bang & Olufsen
through our cooperation with his department
at McGill University, where Bang & Olufsen’s
Senior Specialist dealing with perception,
Søren Bech, is an associate professor.
August - September '04 News Notes
life calling...] [Passion,
science, and research] [Right
[Where's the band?] [Cutting Edge] [Inspiration]
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