1.  Summary.

As an adjunct to his Patent on Fiber Optic Musical Instruments (See Fiber Optic Guitar -in the pulldown menu), George Bowley began to realize that a large number of other processes in the audio, music, and recording fields could equally benefit from the unique features of fiber optic sensor and communications technologies. He established a new technology called “Audiooptics” and had created a new Virginia corporation: Audiooptic Technologies Inc. (ATI) to further its conceptual development.

2.  Definition.


”Audiooptics is a newly emerging technology that integrates the principles of audio engineering and optical techniques to effect improvements in existing methods of reproducing sound and transmitting audio signals. Audiooptics provides quantum improvements in the performance of audio systems used in broadcasting, recording, and music industries by taking advantage of the attributes of fiber optic sensor, communications, and optical processing techniques to eliminate induced noise and hum, cable attenuation, frequency response constraints, non-linearity, and electrocution hazards.”

3.  Audio Engineering Society (AES) Paper

As a member of the Audio Engineering Society back in the 1980s, George authored a Technical Paper on Audiooptics and presented it at an Audio Engineering Society Convention in New York City later that year. This Paper can be obtained by going to the Society website at and searching for it by title or paper number as indicated below.

"George Bowley, Audio-optics - The Next Technology", Audio Engineering Society Paper Number 2013, October 1, 1983.

4.  Mix Magazine Article

In a futuristic article that George wrote in the December 1983 issue of Mix Magazine, George postulated an essentially total optical recording studio environment consisting of fiber optic microphones, optical cabling, optical equalization and signal processing - and even studio walls with embedded optical sensors to monitor studio acoustics and identify corrective actions.   

Back issues MAY still be available by contacting the magazine directly with the following information:


George Bowley, "Audio-optics - The Techniques and Applications in the Next Generation Recording Studio", MIX Magazine, Volume 7, Number 12, December 1983.