Welcome Samantha Sawyer as a jury member of ISA2019

Today we want to present Samantha Sawyer as member of the ISA2019 jury.

Samantha Sawyer is the Global Head of Music Partnerships at 7digital, the B2B digital music and radio solutions company. Based in the company’s London headquarters, Samantha is responsible for rights acquisition and relationship management with label and publisher partners. Samantha works closely with 7digital’s commercial team and clients to advise on licensing process and strategy. Samantha is a lawyer by background and has two decades of experience in the music industry, having worked for major labels, BBC Worldwide, and with digital music/ music tech companies.

Welcome Chris Hegstrom as a jury member of ISA2019

We are very pleased to announce Chris Hegstrom from Amazon as another member of the International Sound Awards 2019 jury.

Chris has been creating audio for user experience and interactive media for over 20 years. After studying Music Synthesis at Berklee College of Music, he began his career by doing live sound for Blue Man Group. He then moved into web audio which led to over a decade of designing sound for video games, including franchises such as Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Burnout, and God of War. In 2012, he made the transition into product sound with Microsoft HoloLens. At HoloLens, he designed UX sound, sonic branding, and 3D audio. With this experience, he started his own company, Symmetry Audio, in 2015. As Symmetry Audio, he’s designed VR audio for Unity, HBO, and Technicolor, as well as creating UX sound for Google. Lastly, in 2017, he joined Amazon as Senior UX Sound Designer, where he now works on the audio identity of Alexa, Fire TV, and Fire OS.

Welcome Michela Magas as a jury member of ISA2019

We are very pleased to announce Michela Magas as member of the International Sound Awards 2019 jury.

Michela Magas is the first winner of European Woman Innovator to represent the Creative Industries and was appointed Innovation Luminary for Creative Innovation by the European Commission and Intel Labs Europe. She is the founder of Music Tech Fest, a global community platform of over 7000 creative innovators and scientific researchers. The platform places music at the centre of innovation in areas as diverse as neuroscience, forestry and microcomputing, and has been hosted worldwide by partners including Microsoft Research New England, Centre Pompidou in Paris and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican in London. She has 25 years of experience in developing product futures for a series of international clients including Apple, Nike and Nokia, has worked on Peter Gabriel’s digital ventures and is co-author of a patent in music AI. She is advisor on Innovation to the European Commission and the G7 Leaders.

ISA2018 Session Interview: Audio Newspaper Experience

At the ISA2018 Sessions, Felix Urban presented the “Audio Newspaper Experience” project that won two Grand Prix at the ISA2018 Awards. The aim of the project was to develop sound elements that enhance the experience of a spoken-only audio newspaper and provide a sound identity to its listeners, hence creating an accessible and emotional sound experience for the blind and visually impaired.