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UVU Digital Media Student Wins Prestigious National Sound Award

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November 8, 2012
For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Jim Rayburn (801) 863-8504

Brian Parsons, a Utah Valley University junior majoring in digital media, was recently awarded one of the Audio Engineering Society Education Committee’s top honors for his sound design work on the UVU-produced 3-D animation film “The Lizard and the Ladder.”

Parsons, from Martinez, Calif., took home the Silver Medal at the AES’ 133rd Conference Student Competition held Oct. 25-29 in San Francisco. The Silver Medal is the second-highest honor given by the AES Student Delegate Assembly in recognition of outstanding development or achievement in the field of audio engineering.

The Audio Engineering Society is the international organization that has a tremendous influence in all aspects of the audio industry. Members include professionals from Sony Sound and Skywalker Sound, and many who work with the music industry’s top artists. The AES student awards are the industry’s best-in-sound awards, similar to how the Grammy Awards are considered the best-in-music awards.

“The critiques I received from the judges were priceless and will prove to be highly valuable to my professional development,” Parsons said.

The UVU Audio Club is in the process of organizing its own AES student chapter.

“The Audio Engineering Society, the professional society within this discipline, is an organization that recognizes, annually, great achievement in audio engineering,” said Rodayne Esmay, UVU digital media associate professor

Parsons received a signed certificate from the AES’s Education Committee and an Earthworks QTC 30 microphone, valued at more than $800. Though the competition featured entries from college students around the world, the awards are based on industry standards. Its judges are industry experts, many of whom are award-winning, household names in the entertainment industry.

“Utah is relatively new to the professional audio side of mass media, but this award gives me credibility and makes me more recognized in the audio industry community,” Parsons said.

“The Lizard and the Ladder” is a 3-D animated short released last year and written and directed by former UVU digital media majors Aaron Bristow, Abel Perry, Brandon Wilbur and Troy Tylka. More than 30 UVU students assisted in the completion of the animated short film, which began as a senior project and evolved into a two-year venture. Parsons produced more than 180 individual tracks for the project. Esmay believes several other students could eventually earn honors for their work on the film.

“To be recognized as having students produce one of the top audio products in the country is an indication of what we are trying to accomplish as a university and as a department. It is every bit as significant as winning an Educational Emmy,” Esmay said.

More information about Audio Engineering Society and its awards is available at www.aes.org.

Brian Parsons


About UVU

Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah and is home to more than 30,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community school, state college and, finally a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.

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