Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC)

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings, in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals—everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound.  » learn more


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May 27-30, 2015 | Pittsburgh, PA

   Registration Is Open!   

 The Finalized Conference Schedule
and Session Abstracts have been posted!

 Newcomer Orientation/Mentoring Program
 TWO Pre-Conference Workshops
 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra discounted tickets for Friday, May 29th

...and more!
Go to the 2015 ARSC Conference Webpage for all the details!

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The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) has launched their new website, providing access to a digitized collection of American public radio and television content dating back to the 1950s. The website will initially provide access to the 2.5 million records created during the American Archive Content Inventory Project. By October, video and audio content will be publicly accessible online.

The 2015 ARSC Preservation Grant has been awarded to The National Library of Serbia for digital preservation of cassette tape recordings of opera performances recorded by Professor Husnija Kurtovic between 1969 and 1989. ARSC awards preservation grants annually to support preservation of historically significant sound recordings of Western Art Music. Read more about ARSC Preservation Grants here.

Open Source Digital Preservation Tools
Check out these new free resources:
      Indiana University has released a media preservation prioritization software package: MediaSCORE (Media Selection: Condition, Obsolescence, and Risk Evaluation) and MediaRIVERS (Media Research and Instructional Value Evaluation and Ranking System). Available here.
      AMIA has made its 2014 Open Source Digital Preservation and Access Stream presentations available online.

The National Recording Preservation Board has announced the 2014 Recording Registry - a selection of recordings deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" to American heritage. Congratulations to ARSC members Donald Hill, David Giovanonni and David Seubert for their work on UCSB's Vernacular Wax Cylinder Recordings which have been selected this year!

The Spring 2015 ARSC Newsletter has arrived!

Call for Applications
ARSC is looking for a creative and social-media-savvy member to make a big impact on ARSC's future in this new committee positon - ARSC Social Media Editor.

NEH and the Preservation and Access of Audiovisual Cultural Heritage A new resource from the NEH, this video addresses the significance of audiovisual heritage, NEH grant programming that supports the preservation and access of audiovisual humanities collections, and a brief summary of the crisis of audiovisual preservation and access. View it here.

The Sound of Edison's Talking Doll presentation at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park. Joan and Robin Rolfs, authors of the book "Phonograph Dolls and Toys", will discuss the history and sounds of Edison's "Talking Doll" invention of 1888-1890. Friday, April 17, 2015 at 1:00pm. Reservations required. Read more...

2015 Reactions to the Record Symposium will focus on Stanford University's recent Player Piano Project. It will take place April 17-18 in Braun Music Center on the Stanford University campus. Read more...

DAS 2015
Registration is open for AMIA's Digital Asset Symposium (DAS) 2015 to be held May 8, 2015 in New York, NY. Read more...

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