AES London 2011
Technical Tour TT5

Monday, May 16, 10:00 — 12:00

TT5 - The British Library Sound Archive

The British Library Sound Archive holds more than a million discs and 200,000 tapes, featuring around 3.5 million recordings. The collections come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound from music, drama, and literature to oral history and wildlife sounds stretching back to the earliest experiments in sound recording. In 2007 the BL opened a new suite of technical facilities for the work of the Sound Archive. The key objective was to create acoustically isolated studios, a tough challenge given that they are sited within 100 meters of several underground tunnels. The visit will include a tour of the studios, an introduction to processes ranging from the rescue of signals from the earliest sound carriers to mass-digitization processes.

Capacity limited to 40 persons.

These times reflect the tours, not travel times. Maps and directions will be available when you sign up. No buses will be provided.

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