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AES Historical Committee Report 2005-05-09
for the Board of Governors Meeting at the
118th Convention, Barcelona, 2005-06-01
The Historical Committee will hold an open meeting during
this Convention, at an as-yet-undetermined time, to
be chaired by HC Vice Chair Irv Joel, who will attend the Governors'
meeting to answer any questions you may have about the HC activities.
You are all welcome to attend the Historical Committee meeting. We
activities reported below.
The presently active AES Historical Committee projects
in our Guidelines]
are as follows:
4 [Collaborate with the AES
Committee, SC-03 Subcommittee on the Preservation and Restoration of
Recording, and other AES committees and subcommittees, as appropriate.]
- Because we get inquiries from field users
about how to preserve
their audio records, and
because no other AES group is set up to answer these questions, we have
compiled references to papers and persons who do preservation of audio
records, and organizations willing to answer questions, and posted them
on the HC website at "Practical
Audio Preservation" .
and maintain an archive relating to the history of the Audio
Roger Furness had said that he would be able to devote time to organizing
and cataloging the history of the AES
itself. It has not happened yet.
8 [Encourage each Local Section and each Convention Committee to organize an appropriate session on the history of audio engineering, or a display on an appropriate historical subject. When requested, provide information to help them to do so.]
- There is no plan for a Historical Exhibit at the 118th Convention in Barcelona, 2005-05. There will, however, be at least one historical paper, on the Thiele-Krause Online Archive (see 12, below).
- Planning for a Historical Exhibit at the
119th Convention in New York, 2005-10,
- Join our reflector. The email reflector continues on the "recordist.com" server, with thanks to David Josephson.
- We continue to upgrade and add to our
. We have added many new
links, and the items in 14 (below).
- The project
Cochran Davis, has reviewed and annotated the links on our website,
which may be seen
here. He will be contacting the
museums in order to establish better coordination with the AES HC.
- Cornelius Bradter and Klaus Hobohm of the TU-Berlin are continuing of the work of Manfred Krause and the Historical Committee. They will be presenting the paper "The Thiele-Krause Archive for Audio-Visual Media Technology: An Online Historical Platform", (Convention Paper Nr 6391) in session Z4, on Sunday, 2005 May 29, from 11:30...13:00 .
- The project continues with more new
interviews. A complete
list of interviews completed, and their dates, and interviews
proposed, is now available.
We have now begun editing some of the interviews into a form that we
can make available. We are also transcribing a few of the
interviews. But our emphasis is still on recording new interviews.
- Irv Joel plans to record more interviews during this Convention. We continue to solicit your suggestions both for interviewers and for further interviewees, especially for countries outside of the US.
- At the HC meeting in San Francisco in
2004-10, George Brock-Nannestad presented a preliminary plan for a
project on Audio Patents, to
improve access to patent information regarding early audio. He
has recently updated that plan, and it is posted
here for your information and comment.
- The project for an Ampex History, with Larry Miller as the project leader, continues. It will be based on Oral History interviews with 16 Ampex engineers and managers. The raw video tapes have been run off onto DVDs, and several sets distributed to early Ampex employees to use as a memory refresher. John Leslie, an Ampex Engineering Manager in the 1950s, has written a draft "History of Early Ampex". This is being circulated for comments, corrections, and additions.
- Larry Miller is editing the
video tapes of the presentations at the
117th (SF) convention , so that
we can eventually make them available for viewing.
- We are working with AES Webmaster Steve
Johnson to add to the
"Journal Article Search" the ability to search by author's affiliation. So
you will be able to search for all Journal articles and Convention
Papers (Preprints) by authors affiliated with, for instance, Bell
Telephone Laboratories. The data entry for the 10,500 entries is almost
complete (10,000 done so far).
- Updated the Index to obituaries appearing in the AES Journal.
- Added the reprint "The Education and Tribulations of a Precursory Disk Recording Engineer" by Robert J Callen -- Audio engineering in 1925...1928
- Added "Digital Audio Engineering Standardization History at the AES", with Bart Locanthi's summary of the Standards Committee's work, and reprints of all of the meeting minutes from the Journal (because they are not contained in the Electronic Library).
Jay McKnight, Chair
AES Historical Committee
Draft report written on 2005-05-03, Revised --04,