On January 24th, 2014, AllDayTech once again attended the star-spangled TEC Awards presentation at the 2014 NAMM Show, the expansive music industry convention held in Anaheim, CA every winter.
The TEC Awards, which stands for Technical Excellence and Creativity, rewards just that—technical achievement and excellent among new products produced by a wide variety of companies whose wares and innovations make waves within the entertainment industry. The show culminates with the Les Paul Award, given to a musician who has made pioneering technological strides throughout his or her career. This year’s Les Paul Award went to the great Todd Rundgren—but more on that in a moment.
Because many of the award winners are tech industry deep cuts—best microphone, wireless, workstation, console, etc. –we’ll share the winners to whom the average Joe might relate. Highlights of this year’s show in Outstanding Creative Achievement include:
Record Production/Single or Track
Random Access Memories, Daft Punk
Tour/Event Sound Production
Peter Gabriel—Back to Front
Television Sound Production
Game of Thrones
(Click here to see all the nominees.)
Next up were the TEC Awards Hall of Fame recipients: Hal Blaine and John Meyer. Blaine is a renowned session drummer who this night was celebrated for a career spanning 30 years, during which he performed on more than 35,000 recordings, 350 songs that cracked the top ten and 40 #1 songs on the Billboard charts. Blaine has recorded with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, John Denver, the Ronettes, Simon & Garfunkel, the Carpenters, Jan and Dean, the Beach Boys, The Mamas and the Papas, the 5th Dimension and Steely Dan. Well known session drummer Jim Keltner and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith inducted Blaine to the Hall of Fame.
John Meyer is an engineer and sound researcher who made significant strides in the development of loudspeaker acoustics and technology. You were thinking of the contemporary adult mellow guitarist John Meyer, weren’t you? Yeah, not that John Meyer. This John Meyer is president and CEO of Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. and was inducted by Dennis Leonard of Skywalker Sound for more than 40 years of innovative sound research and development.
After the technicalities (see what we did there?) it was time to present the Les Paul Award, the most touted and eagerly awaited presentation of the night because it always concludes the show with an intimate live performance by said musical trailblazer. Funk master George Clinton did the honors and handed the curved glass trophy to Todd Rundgren, who rose to rousing applause. He took the stage and after a brief but sincere acceptance speech got down to the very real business of rocking, performing his songs “I Saw the Light,” “Hello It’s Me” and “Open My Eyes.” Rundgren just launched The Spirit of Harmony Foundation, which provides schools with music education and support programs.
For more information about the NAMM Foundation, visit http://www.nammfoundation.org.
For more information about the TEC Awards, visit http://tecfoundation.com/tec/tecawards.html
For more information about The NAMM Show, visit http://www.namm.org/