Why preserving contemporary music productions is so difficult

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Daniel Teruggi, Yann Geslin
Music, Preservation, Technology, Presto4U

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.

This webinar is relevant to any musical producer or composer using technology for production or recording of music and concerned by the preservation and reuse of musical productions. It is also open to musical amateurs willing to understand the way music is produced and archived.

Learning Objectives

The webinar will present the state of art, the different perspectives and methodologies and will make an in-depth analysis of a production to explain the components, their organisation and structuring. A potential tool will be presented which permits to monitor production and understand how a production is structured.


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(duration: 54:06)


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.