Music and Sound Archives Community of Practice

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Introduction to the Community

Upcoming Events

The conference is to bring together Archivists, Curators, Academics, Film Makers, Owners of Small & Specialised Collections of Audio Visual Materials, Editors, Producers, Directors, Technologists, Industry, Researchers and Archives of all size and form, to discuss, debate and learn about the in-depth revolution that is the transitional period between Film and Digital.

Through interviews and presentations, workshops and panels with producers, commercial & regional archives, television channels, research and development teams, technologists, academics and projects, we look to examine all aspects of filmmaking, from capture to edit, visual effects to colour correction, preservation, distribution to archive and archive to screen

We explore the legal implications of this, the economics behind the business of film, access, the past, the present and the future.

In November 2011, during the UNESCO General Conference, the international community proclaimed 30 April as "International Jazz Day". The Day is intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.

Many governments, civil society organizations, educational institutions, and private citizens currently engaged in the promotion of jazz music will embrace the opportunity to foster greater appreciation not only for the music but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies.

Proposed topics:

- Perception
- Spatial audio
- Audio signal processing
- Semantic audio
- Transducers
- Game audio
- Recording and production
- Applications in audio
- Education
- Room acoustics
- Forensic audio
- Sonification
- Audio computing
- Network audio
- Cinema sound

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. The 49th annual Association for Recorded Sound Collection’s Conference will be held in Pittsburgh.

“Music Research in the Digital Age,” the theme of our joint New York conference, not only focuses attention on the past, present, and future of digital musicology, but also evokes a long tradition of cooperation between the International Musicological Society and the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centers.


Past Events


Presto4U Workshop - December 2013

Presentation of the Music and Sound Archives Community of Practice by Daniel Teruggi at the Presto4U Workshop ‘Digital Audiovisual Preservation in Communities of Practice: Learn, Collaborate and Share’. Including current problems and issues with an analysis of weak and strong needs regarding preservation and access; how interaction and collaboration can develop innovative solutions.

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Webinar - 8 April 2014

Why preserving contemporary music productions is so difficult

Music productions, ranging from commercial recordings to contemporary electroacoustic music, use technical devices to combine, adapt and mix the sound components that will produce the final version of music. The result of the work is kept in complex environments, which are often re-accessed for new mixes or versions, and need to be preserved and kept accessible through time. Not only the constitutive elements need to be preserved, but all the associated knowledge that will permit in the future to understand the components and the way they should be organised for a new production. No efficient tool exists today to take care of these environments and this lack constitutes a major issue for the musical production industry as well as for contemporary creators who aspire to a future existence for their works.

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Other Publications

  • Presto4U: New Program Supporting the Adoption of AV Preservation Research ResultsArticle published in the IASA Journal, Issue 43, July 2014.
  • Digital Audio Tapes: Their Preservation and Conversion

    Digital Audio Tapes (DATs) are 4mm (or 3.81mm) magnetic tape cassettes that store audio information in a digital manner. DATS are visually similar to compact audio cassettes, though approximately half the size, use thinner tapes, and can only be recorded on one side. Developed by Sony in 1987, DATs were quite popular in recording studios and were one of the first digital recording systems to become employed in archives in the late 1980s and 1990s due to their lossless encoding. Commercial use of DATs, on the other hand, never achieved the same success as the machines were expensive and commercial recordings were not available on DAT.

    Depending on the tape and machine used, DATs allow four different sampling modes: 32 kHz at 12 bits quantization, and 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, and 48 kHz at 16 bits. All support two-channel stereo recording. Some of the later DATs (before being discontinued) could extend the bit-depth to 24 and up to 98 kHz, however, these tapes were likely rarely playable on other models. DATs can run between 15 and 180 minutes in length, one again depending on the tape and quality of the sampling. Unlike some other digital media, DATs do not use lossy data compression, which is important in the lossless transferring of a digital source to a DAT. Sony ultimately discontinued the production of DAT machines in 2005.

  • The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States

    This is the first comprehensive, national-level study of the state of sound recording preservation ever conducted in the U.S. The authors, Rob Bamberger and Sam Brylawski, have produced a study outlining the web of interlocking issues that now threaten the long-term survival of our sound recording history. This study tells us that major areas of America's recorded sound heritage have already been destroyed or remain inaccessible to the public. It suggests that the lack of conformity between federal and state laws may adversely affect the long-term survival of pre-1972-era sound recordings in particular. And, it warns that the continued lack of national coordination among interested parties in the public and private sectors, in addressing the challenges in preservation, professional education and public access, may not yet be arresting permanent loss of irreplaceable sound recordings in all genres.

    This study lays the groundwork for the National Recording Preservation Plan that was mandated under the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 and will be published by the Library of Congress later in 2010. The National Recording Preservation Plan will make specific recommendations for addressing the complex problems revealed by The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States.

  • TAPE – Audio and Video carriers

    This is a full text version of the Power Point Presentation used by Albrecht Häfner and Dietrich Schüller in training workshops on audiovisual preservation organized as part of the EU Commission Project TAPE. While a modern, comprehensive

    text on the preservation of audio and video carriers does not exist at present, the principles of the long-term preservation of historic recordings and the practical aspects of the production and preservation of digital audio content are covered in publications produced by the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA). This text is an advance abstract of a comprehensive document currently under preparation for IASA. It also includes a chapter on the maintenance of equipment and the obsolescence of formats. 


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The Presto4U project receives funding from the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The project will run from 1 January 2013 till 31 December 2014.