New York, NY - Oct 10, 2013 - The 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Oct. 17 - 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) is set to feature an Archiving and Restoration Track of lectures and discussions. The events of this track run the duration of the convention and are packed with information and techniques that will help preserve audio's legacy content.
Sessions cover such topics as the planning of restoration projects and "best practices" for archiving. They will also address the fact that, as music and recording are now primarily digital, keeping tape machines (our main interface with the past) working properly is overwhelmingly important. "Help! I have a tape recorder!" -- Restoration and Rebuilding Analog Tape Machines will discuss the various options for purchasing, maintaining, restoring, and using these often-fragile recorders. During the workshop discussion, presenters hope to show actual examples of tape recorder repairs and restoration.
And while the focus of the track is quite serious, it has also left room for the whimsical: John La Grou of Millennia Music and Media Systems will present a lunchtime lecture entitled "Studio of the Future: 2020-2050," a theoretical projection of the next 40 years of professional audio products, production techniques and delivery formats that will suggest what the next generation of archivists will have to work with.
"The archiving and restoration of our aural history is of increasing concern not only to archivists, historians, but also to individuals currently working in the audio industry, and AES is writing the next chapter in how to preserve our past for the future," observes Jim Anderson, chair of the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention and professor, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. "These special track events will highlight the effort and passion of those who work to secure our audio legacies every day. The sessions will underline the importance of what they're doing, in part by letting everyone look into their processes. In doing so, we hope we're investing everyone with the value of what archivists do."