ISA2019 Interview – Grand Prix Winner: Axel Springer Audio Branding

In 2019 Axel Springer sharpened its brand positioning. The brand and its design are creative and rebellious. This is reflected in the new innovative sound identity. The German speech melody (intonation) of Axel Springer’s own voice was used to create a sound impulse connecting the modern company with its pioneering founder.

After the award show, we asked Alexander Wodrich and Leopold Hoepner a few questions about the Audio Branding project that won a Grand Prix at the International Sound Awards 2019.

ISA2019 Interview – Grand Prix Winner: Soundscape Design for Helsinki New Children’s Hospital

The Soundscape Design for Helsinki New Children’s Hospital has been developed by lecturer Antti Ikonen and Sound in New Media MA students of Aalto University. The soundscape follows the visual themes of each floor creating a soothing sonic environment for the children and staff and are played through 60 loudspeakers placed in lounges of the hospital.

Antti Ikonen told us more about the project that won a Grand Prix at the ISA2019.

Congratulations to all winners of the ISA2019! 

In an award show full of dynamic and atmosphere, the winners of the ISA2019 were revealed at Schmidtchen on 19th, September, 2019. The winners come from Costa Rica, Germany, Finland, Israel, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and the U.S.. Two outstanding works from Finland and Germany were honored with a „Grand Prix”. 
See all winners at a glance here.
 
Our thanks go out to:
  • keynote speaker Prof. Karlheinz Brandenburg for sharing some fascinating insights with us which clearly show that R&D in audio in a very active field.
  • Gad Hinkis, for the very uplifting and intoxicating live performance with his app JAMBL.
  • and to our new “ISA dream team” on stage – Sara Kelly-Husain and Steve Blame, for the fun and perfect harmony as hosts of the evening. 

Live act at ISA2019 Award Show: Tim Exile

We are very pleased to announce that Tim Exile will perform at the ISA2019 Award Show using his own music innovation “Endlesss”.

Endlesss is a live collaborative music-making platform that wants to do to music what TikTok has done to video. Media is transforming from something we lean back and consume to something we use as a language to build relationships, identities and audiences. Short-form, collaborative, conversational social platforms are the new normal and its imperative music has its answer to this.

 

About Tim Exile

Musician, technologist, thinker, entrepreneur, Tim Exile is an Advocate of the flow-state, has been featured in Techcrunch, Wired, Pitchfork and talked at TED. He has organised brand collaborations with IBM, RedBull, Saatchi & Saatchi, built digital musical instruments for Native Instruments and shop.timexile.com. As a musician, Tim has released records on Warp, Planet Mu, done live shows at Berghain/Panorama Bar, Fabric, Roundhouse, Southbank Centre, and performed with Imogen Heap, Nile Rogers, Beardyman, Nitin Sawhney.

 

Keynote Speaker ISA2019: Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg

We are very pleased to announce that Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg will give a keynote speech about the developments in audio and music technology at the ISA2019 Award Show.
 

Music / Sound / Noises: Developments in Audio

Sound envelopes us all the time. While near perfect audio quality seems guaranteed today, a number of new technologies enables new applications. The talk gives a few examples: AI based analysis and synthesis of soundscapes or virtual / augmented / modified sound scenes in a truly immersive experience. Some of these technologies are motivated by a better understanding of hearing, of the way human ears and brain listen to the world around us.
 

About Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg

Karlheinz Brandenburg has been a driving force behind some of today’s most innovative digital audio technology, notably the mp3 and MPEG audio standards. He is acclaimed for pioneering work in digital audio coding and psychoacoustics. His honors include the AES Silver Medal, the IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronic Award, the German Future Award, which he shared with his colleagues and the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Furthermore he is member in the Hall of Fame of the Consumer Electronics Association. In April 2014, Brandenburg was inducted as an innovator into the Internet Hall of Fame. He holds three honorary Ph.D. degrees. Dr. Brandenburg holds about 100 patents. He is a professor at the Institute for Media Technology at Technische Universität Ilmenau and former director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Ilmenau, Germany.

Hosts of the ISA2019 Award Show

We are pleased to announce the hosts of the ISA2019 Award Show, Steve Blame and Sara Kelly-Husain.

Steve Blame is one of the most iconic faces of Music Television and works today as a Screenwriter, Author and Host. He has previously worked as MTV News Editor, Viva 2 Program Director, and set up Tango TV in Luxembourg. Furthermore, he is the author of two books, and hosted a prime-time TV show on VOX at the end of December 2016.

Sara Kelly-Husain started playing theatre for a few years but then realised an acting wage seldom pays the bills and bravely delved into the media industry traveling Europe as a creative producer for an extreme sports, lifestyle and music show. For over a decade she has been working as a presenter, actress, producer and voice over artist.

The Award Show will take place on September 19th from 7:15 pm to 8:45 pm at Schmidtchen. The Show is part of the official Reeperbahn Festival program. To attend the Award Show, you need Reeperbahn Festival tickets. We are pleased to offer special discounts here.

Nominees of ISA2019

We are pleased to announce today the nominees of the International Sound Awards 2019. Thirty-one works from 13 countries convinced the international jury of ISA2019 and were nominated in several categories.

The best submissions come from all over the world: Brazil, Costa Rica, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Israel, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore, Spain, UK, USA. With their nomination they have already earned the award „Better Sound 2019“. Learn more about the nominees here.

The winners of ISA2019 will be revealed at the Award Gala at Schmidtchen on September 19th.