John Eargle Biography
John Eargle holds degrees in engineering and music from the Eastman School of Music (B.M.), University of Michigan (M.M), University of Texas (B.S.E.E), and Cooper Union (M.E.) and pursued studies in acoustics with Dr. Cyril Harris at Columbia University. He has published extensively in technical and popular magazines, is the author of standard reference books on audio, including The Handbook of Recording Engineering, The Microphone Handbook, Handbook of Sound System Design, Electroacousticcal Reference Data, Music, Sound, and Technology, and The Loudspeaker Handbook.
For release on Compact Disc (primarily for Delos International), he has recorded such artists as Bella Davidovitch, John Browning, Janos Starker, and Garrick Ohlsson. Among the ensembles he has recorded are the Seattle Symphony, London Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Dalls Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Orchestra, the Westminster Choir, and many others. In jazz he has recorded such notables as Joe Williams, Red Holloway, Clark Terry, Ruth Brown, and Etta James among others. Albums by Joe Williams and Ruth Brown have won Grammy Awards in their respective jazz categories.
Mr. Eargle has received three Grammy nominations in the category of Best Classical Engineering. He is a fellow, honorary member, and past national president of the Audio Engineering Society, and in 1984 won the Society's Bronze medal. Mr. Eargle joined the faculty of the Aspen Audio Recording institure in 1980 and has served the Aspen Music Festival and School in this capacity for the past 17 years. He is also a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Acoustical Society of America, SMPTE, and a senior member of the IEEE.
Long an experimenter with surround sound, Mr. Eargle was involved in the 1996 Los Angeles Conference sponsored by the International Alliance for Multichannel Music. Shortly after this conference he presented a talk and demonstrations to the Toronto Section as part of "SurroundView 96". His recording of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture was played at that even and was subsequently released by Delos as the first music-only DVD title.
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