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AES Press Release: AES New York 2013
135th Audio Engineering Society Convention to Feature Archiving and Restoration Track
For Release: October 10, 2013
— Sessions on topics including best practices for creating/preserving digital-born files and restoring/rebuilding analog tape machines will support the massive need to preserve and protect the world’s audio legacy —
New York, NY — The 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 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 from Thursday through Sunday 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 & 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.”
For more information on the Archiving and Restoration Track, including a complete schedule of events, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/archiving/. For further information on the 135th AES International Convention, and to register for your free Exhibits-Plus badge or the premium All-Access badge, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/.
About the Audio Engineering Society
The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 and now counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org.
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