AES Press Release: AES New York 2011

AES 131st Convention Archiving Track

For Release: October 17, 2011

From The Grateful Dead and Motown To The Library Of Congress

NEW YORK: Archiving!  So many formats, so much priceless material.  This year’s AES Convention has developed a full-blown track to address this constantly proliferating and singularly urgent issue.  Convention Chair Jim Anderson points to seven key presentations designed to cover the key aspects of this vital field, from the very basics thru examples of the top of the line Library Of Congress Collection and examples of major archival efforts for The Grateful Dead and Motown.  This invaluable crash course is completed by a special presentation on Media File Management.


The Basics of Archival Preservation - Presenter: James Sam, Hoover Institution, Stanford University: Will address two real-world implementations of successful archival practices. Despite being generated on two different continents, the extensive collections of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Archives, and the Commonwealth Club of California collections are eerily similar in their recording formats and time spans. And yet, the archival approach remains the same. Mr. Sam will describe preservation methods employed and illustrate them with fascinating examples from the collections.

Library of Congress Collections & National Jukebox: Presenter: Brad McCoy, library of Congress. This tutorial will highlight several Library of Congress collections, including some very early Frank Sinatra, as examples of audio preservation, workflow, and metadata issues. It will also include a quick look at the National Jukebox.

Pound of Cure or Ounce of Prevention? Audio Asset Restoration, Migration, and Preservation: Chair: Ed Outwater, EO3 Consulting; Panelists: Chuck Ainlay, Engineer/Producer; Jeff Anthony, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services; Rob Jaczko, Berklee College of Music; Patrick Kraus, Warner Music Group; Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer. A blue ribbon panel review of basic principles and procedures involved in “rescuing” improperly stored and archived assets.  Followed by a corollary set detailing “how to” properly archive audio assets from the outset. 

Got Metadata? Historical, Cultural, and Future Issues of Information Association for Archiving Audio Materials:  Chair: Thomas Ross Miller, NYU; Panelists: Holger Grossmann, Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT Chris Lacinak, AudioVisual Preservation Solutions. Metadata is an integral component of preservation and an essential part of the audio object. Sound recordings without associated metadata are incomplete and might not be properly interpreted, understood, or managed. Meaningful access depends on effective linkage to information stored as metadata. This workshop will explore the past, present, and future of metadata standards in archives and preservation.

Media File Management: Storage, Backup, and Retrieval of Your Assets: Chair: David Prentice, Dale Pro Audio; Panelists: Jim Boas, RorkeData; Tim Claman, AVID; Alex Lelievre, Gobbler.   This panel will discuss technologies including fiber, Ethernet, and cloud-based storage and retrieval for addressing the need to manage the exploding volume of media assets generated every day.

Yesterday, Today, and Forever: The Art and Science Behind the Motown and Verve Catalog Reissues: Presenters: Kevin Reeves, Andy Skurow, Harry Weinger. The panel will discuss: What is catalog, and how are reissues conceptualized? The vault system: What is the process of finding the assets? And talk about how the technical engineering brings all the elements together for the final package.

Grateful Dead Europe 72: Moderator: Sam Berkow, SIA; Panelists: David Glasser, Mastering Engineer; Jamie Howarth, Tape Transfers and Plangent Processes Speed Correction; Gary Lambert, Jeffrey Norman, Mixer. In the spring of 1972, the Grateful Dead toured Europe with a new (and modified) Ampex MM1100 tape recorder in tow. Rhino Records is releasing a massive CD box set of over 70 hours of music on 73 discs, as one of the most ambitious rock and roll box sets to date. Musical excerpts will be presented, and the project workflow and creative challenges will be discussed.


The 131st Audio Engineering Convention will be held in NY’s Jacob Javits Convention Center Thursday, October 20 thru Sunday, Oct. 23. .  For a comprehensive preliminary calendar of events, please visit:

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