March 16, 2005


BARCELONA, SPAIN - For the first time in its 57-year history, the Audio Engineering Society ( has selected Barcelona as the host city for the AES European Pro Audio Expo & Convention. Set for May 28-31, the event will be held at the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB).

AES executive director, Roger Furness recently announced the members of the team that are already hard at work to make the convention happen.

"The 118th Convention committee is co-chaired by Eloi Battle and Luis Ortiz from the Universities of Barcelona and Madrid (respectively)," says Furness. "From our initial meeting in late 2004, I was tremendously impressed with the experience and dedication of every member of the executive committee. They share a commitment to make our first Barcelona convention an outstanding event in every way."

Joining 118th Convention co-chairs Eloi Battle and Luis Ortiz, on the AES Barcelona mission are: papers co-chairs: Ben Bernfeld, Basilio Pueo and Alexandre Enrique; workshops co-chairs: Alberto Gonzales and Javier Lopez; tutorial co-chairs: Pep Agullo and Jose Ramon Beltran; students program co-chairs: Enric Guaus and Ulrike Schwarz; technical tours chair: Xavier Serra; facilities chair: Suso Ramallo; program coordinator: Han Tendeloo; and exhibits: Thierry Bergmans. "In addition to developing an outstanding series of workshops, tutorials, papers and special events, the Barcelona committee is exploring methods to provide visitors with a deeper insight into Spain's professional audio industry," Furness adds. "With interest in digital live sound especially high in Europe, that issue promises to be a primary topic for the 118th Convention."

"We are convinced that visitors will quickly embrace Barcelona as a outstanding environment for an AES Convention," says co-chair Luis Ortiz. "The new CCIB is located near the city's colorful seafront district. Our world-renown restaurants and warm hospitality will also contribute to making the 118th AES Convention an unforgettable event."