145th AES CONVENTION Archiving and Restoration Track Event AR07: Preserving the Prince Archives

AES New York 2018
Archiving and Restoration Track Event AR07

Friday, October 19, 4:00 pm — 5:00 pm

Archiving & Restoration: AR07 - Preserving the Prince Archives

Jessica Thompson, Jessica Thompson Audio - Berkeley, CA, USA
Niko Bolas
Brad Mindich, Founder/CEO Inveniem
Susan Rogers, Berklee College of Music - Boston, MA, USA

When Prince Rogers Nelson passed away unexpectedly in 2016, he left behind vaults filled with recordings—master tapes, demos, sketches, and more. What will happen to those recordings? Susan Rogers (Berklee, Prince’s recording engineer from 1983–1987), Brad Mindich (Invenium, the Prince Estate’s official Vault Archivist), and engineer / producer Niko Bolas (Prince, Neil Young) will share their memories of working in the studio with Prince and discuss the formidable issues around the archiving and preservation of a major artist’s recorded legacy. They will speak to the technical challenges of identifying and digitizing decades of analog and digital formats, the legal obstacles, and the question of when and how to curate new releases from archival materials.

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