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The Library of Congress Wants to Destroy Your Old CDs (For Science) - The Atlantic

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The Library of Congress Wants to Destroy Your Old CDs (For Science) The Atlantic ""All of the modern formats weren't really made to last a long period of time," saidFenella France, chief of preservation research and testing at the Library of Congress. "They were really more developed for mass production."

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"And the disappearance of CD players is just as significant as the failure of CDs. "Quite often, [preservation] is being cast as a separation of physical and digital, whereas in fact the whole concept is the same. Even digital is still played on a physical medium."

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The problem of obsolescence of formats - especially with regards audio/sound archives! 

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New sound archive collates 100-year-old voices from India - Zee News

New sound archive collates 100-year-old voices from India - Zee News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Vikram Sampath:

New Delhi: Mahatma Gandhi's speech caught on gramophone during his 1931 visit to England now shares space with classical music legend M S Subhalakshmi's song, recorded when she was just nine, in a new virtual archive.

The Archive of Indian Music (AIM), set to be formally launched on July 30, is an online compilation of vintage gramaphonic records of speeches, songs, plays etc dating as far back as 1902. 

"This is a private initiative, a non profit trust where we source oldest rarest gramophone records like old ghazals, speeches of leaders, theatre recordings, folk music etc and digitise it for free access by laymen," Vikram Sampath, founder AIM said. 

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Digitising of the gramaphone records for archival purposes. Interesting!

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SABC Radio Archives celebrates World Radio Day today #WorldRadioDay

SABC Radio Archives  celebrates World Radio Day today #WorldRadioDay | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

SABC Radio archives reflects on the 1st World Radio Day today, endorsed by UNESCO.

 

The SABC Radio Archives preserves material for the following reasons:

 

"- To preserve SABC broadcasts and raw material as a corporate function;
- To be of service as a well-organised source of broadcast material to the SABC;
-To preserve permanently highlights in the history of the development and broadcast patterns of broadcasting in South Africa;
-To bequeath to future generations an audio-image of South Africa at certain periods as it was portrayed by the SABC;
-To provide researchers with information and facts on sound carriers that are not available in any other form;
-To preserve, as part of the National Broadcaster’s function and as far as possible, complete recordings of the South African culture legends and oral traditions, including a comprehensive set of nature and habitat sounds of South Africa
- We truly preserve some of the most precious memories of our history in radio.
Our existence is because of the medium of radio, a medium which are able to reach more people than any other!"

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SABC Media Libraries: Dusty Tales from the sound archives #archives #archivists

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WIRED TO LIFE | Blog | Archivist in the sound library: New model for speech and sound recognition

WIRED TO LIFE | Blog | Archivist in the sound library: New model for speech and sound recognition | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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Wax cylinder recordings tell story of culture across the centuries - ABC Online

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Wax cylinder recordings tell story of culture across the centuries ABC Online A team of sound archivists worked to 'reverse engineer' the workings of the phonograph. "There's no electricity," said Mr McDonald. For the first time in 80 years, a commercial music recording has been made on an Edison phonograph - technology that was invented in the 1890s. Aboriginal singer-songwriting duo Stiff Gins were inspired to reprise the old technology when they heard a 100-year-old wax cylinder recording of a Tasmanian Aboriginal woman. "When we heard it, it was not just of another time and place, that's simplifying it," said Stiff Gins singer Nardi Simpson.
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Preserving songs from fragile records for posterity with IRENE #archives #audio

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ASHA SRIDHAR:

"As an ageing record spins untouched by the spokes of a gramophone at the Roja Muthiah Research Library, M.K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar's timeless song Un Azhagai Kaana from the movie Thiruneelakantar is converted into 2-d black and white images by a device called IRENE, preserving it for posterity.

Other than the Library of Congress in the United States, Roja Muthiah Research Library is the only institution that has IRENE (Image Reconstruct Erase Noise Etc), an ingenious device that helps in archiving audio content of old records without scratching or even touching the record, says G. Sundar, director of the library.

IRENE, which reached the library two weeks ago, has just been set up, and will help the library archive audio content from records which are too fragile to be played with a conventional player or are deteriorating. “A high-end camera captures images of the grooves as the record is rotating. The software acts as a virtual needle by detecting the edges of the grooves. These images are then converted into sound files,” he says."

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BBC to open online radio archives

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BBC to open online radio archives...The service will be launched "within the next...As well as searching and listening to the archival...The BBC is currently in the process of digitising ...Davie said the website will be "porous" ...

 

The BBC will soon introduce a new radio website, preliminarily named "Audiopedia", that would contain the broadcaster's almost entire archives of radio programmes since the 1940s.

The service will be launched "within the next 12 months", Tim Davie, director of BBC Audio and Music, was quoted as saying by the Telegraph.

 

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SABC Media Libraries: The daily challenges of a sound archivist

SABC Media Libraries: The daily challenges of a sound archivist | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The daily challenges of a sound archivist in a broadcasting environment.

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