CCRMA Colloquium - Mark Schubin, The Fandom of the Opera: How the audience for a four-century-old art form helped create the modern world.
Do you listen to music in stereo? Thank opera. Headphones? Opera, again. Newscasts? Believe it or not, opera. Movies -- even silent movies -- thanks to opera. Broadcasts even before radio? Opera. From 17th-century sound transmission to 21st-century pre-Avatar digital 3D and data-connected performances, media technologies and opera have had a long, intertwined history.
Multiple-Emmy-Award winning engineer Mark Schubin has been working on the combination of media technology and opera since 1972. IEEE Spectrum magazine said in 2008 that "Schubin knows more about the intersection of opera and broadcast technology than anybody else in the world." In addition to his work at many opera houses, he is a consultant to Opera America's Electronic Media Forum. He is a Fellow of the Society of Motion-Picture and Television Engineers, the Library of Congress archives his blog (SchubinCafe.com), and he is (freelance) engineer-in-charge of the Metropolitan Opera's Media Department.
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