131st AES Convention Highlights Archiving Track


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New York - Oct 17, 2011 - The 131st AES Convention has a session track dedicated to archiving audio. Seven key presentations have been slated to cover the key aspects of the issue, from the very basics through examples of the top-of-the-line Library of Congress Collection and examples of major archival efforts for The Grateful Dead and Motown. This crash course is completed by a special presentation on media file management.

The archiving track presentation outlines follow.

The Basics of Archival Preservation
Presenter: James Sam, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
This session will address two real-world implementations of successful archival practices. Despite being generated on two different continents, the extensive collections of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Archives and the Commonwealth Club of California collections are similar in their recording formats and time spans. Sam will describe preservation methods employed and illustrate them with examples from the collections.

Library of Congress Collections & National Jukebox
Presenter: Brad McCoy, Library of Congress
This tutorial highlights several Library of Congress collections, including some very early Frank Sinatra recordings, as examples of audio preservation, workflow, and metadata issues. It will also include a quick look at the National Jukebox

Pound of Cure or Ounce of Prevention? Audio Asset Restoration, Migration, and Preservation
Chair: Ed Outwater, EO3 Consulting
Panelists: Chuck Ainlay, engineer/producer; Jeff Anthony, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services; Rob Jaczko, Berklee College of Music; Patrick Kraus, Warner Music Group; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
This blue-ribbon panel will review the basic principles and procedures involved in rescuing improperly stored and archived assets. Followed by a corollary set detailing how to properly archive audio assets from the outset.

Got Metadata? Historical, Cultural, and Future Issues of Information Association for Archiving Audio Materials
Chair: Thomas Ross Miller, NYU
Panelists: Holger Grossmann, Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology; Chris Lacinak, Audio Visual Preservation Solutions
Metadata is an integral component of preservation and an essential part of the audio object. Sound recordings without associated metadata are incomplete and might not be properly interpreted, understood, or managed. Meaningful access depends on effective linkage to information stored as metadata. This workshop will explore the past, present, and future of metadata standards in archives and preservation.

Media File Management: Storage, Backup, and Retrieval of Your Assets
Chair: David Prentice, Dale Pro Audio
Panelists: Jim Boas, Rorke Data; Tim Claman, Avid; Alex Lelievre, Gobbler
This panel will discuss technologies including fiber, Ethernet and cloud-based storage and retrieval for addressing the need to manage the exploding volume of media assets generated every day.

Yesterday, Today, and Forever: The Art and Science Behind the Motown and Verve Catalog Reissues
Presenters: Kevin Reeves, Andy Skurow, Harry Weinger
The panel will discuss what is involved in a catalog, and how reissues are conceptualized; a description of the vault system and the process of finding the assets; and talk about how the technical engineering brings all the elements together for the final package.

Grateful Dead Europe 72
Moderator: Sam Berkow, SIA
Panelists: David Glasser, mastering engineer; Jamie Howarth, Tape Transfers and Plangent Processes Speed Correction; Gary Lambert, Jeffrey Norman, mixer
In spring 1972 the Grateful Dead toured Europe with a new (and modified) Ampex MM1100tape recorder in tow. Rhino Records is releasing a massive CD box set of more than 70 hours of music on 73 discs, as one of the most ambitious rock and roll box sets to date. Musical excerpts will be presented, and the project workflow and creative challenges will be discussed.




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