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

   Twitter Hashtag #ARSC2015   

 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
 Evening listening session for restored 1938    Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall recording
 Additional Details & Announcements

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

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ARSC New York Chapter May Meeting
The ARSC NY Chapter hosts Al Schlachtmeyer and Sok-Min Seo presenting, "Preserving Music at the United Nations," May 21st, 7pm at the CUNY Sonic Arts Center, NYC. Read more...

Please join us in thanking Journal Editor, Barry Ashpole for his 21 years of service to ARSC as the ARSC Journal Editor! He has announced he will be standing down from the editorship this year. Thank you Barry, for your immense contributions to ARSC and recorded sound research!

Announcing the 2015 ARSC Research Grant Recipients! Grant projects range from the portrayal of environmental sounds, Sun Ra recordings, musical pantomime, to music and the cultural diplomacy. Read more...

The Spring 2015 Issue of the ARSC Journal is published! View the Table of Contents here. Don't forget! A print copy and online access is a benefit of ARSC membership! Be sure to check out Charles E. Sykes' article about the Black Forum Label and the many other fine peer-reviewed articles and reviews.

Catching Waves: A Panel Discussion on Sustainable Digital Audio Delivery at Harvard Library, May 8, 2015 at 3pm. Click here for more info. A recording of the event will be available on Harvard Library's YouTube channel sometime after the event.

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...

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!

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.

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