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The SMPTE New York Section Presents: Mark Schubin's "Six Centuries of Opera and Media Technology in New York"

Special Edition Webcast - Free and open to all


Original Airdate: 20 Nov 2019 2:49pm EST

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Electronic home entertainment was invented in New York City for opera. The first compatible-color television program seen at home — and the first bootleg recording — featured opera in New York. New York’s media technologies for opera date back to the 16th century. Today, in the 21st century, they include dynamic video warping with depth-plane selection and multilanguage live cinema transmissions to all seven continents.

A 200-ton music synthesizer broadcasting opera music in New York in 1907? An opera lighting dimmer in 1638? Opera for military communications tests?

It might be difficult to believe, but it’s all true!

The SMPTE New York Section will host a special webcast event for National Opera Week featuring esteemed engineer and explainer Mark Schubin, who will discuss six centuries of opera and media technology in New York.

Guest Speaker: Mark Schubin

Mark Schubin is a multiple Emmy-award-winning SMPTE Life Fellow and winner of the SMPTE 2017 Presidential Proclamation. He has spoken about the intersecting histories of media technology and opera at locations ranging from the Library of Congress to Stanford University and in 2012 delivered the Morawetz Distinguished Science Lecture on the subject. This year, he celebrated his 45th anniversary as an opera engineer.