The 143rd International Audio Engineering Society Convention’s Archiving and Restoration Track is featuring its most varied events schedule ever, including in-depth looks at archiving the music of Star Wars and the remarkably prolific recordings of the Grateful Dead, media preservation techniques for the 21st century and much more.
“Our recorded music heritage is an invaluable part of our history, and today’s audio archivists are using the very latest resources to ensure that our rich sonic past will be available to future generations,” says Rebecca Feynberg, AES New York 2017 Archiving and Restoration Track chair. More than a dozen archiving and restoration-related seminars will take place at the upcoming Convention.
• ”Bearing Witness: The Music of Star Wars--Archiving Art and Technology” seminar, Leslie Ann Jones (Director of Music and Scoring, Skywalker Sound) and Dann Thompson (Skywalker Sound recording engineer) will discuss archiving, transfering and preserving all of the music of Star Wars–especially when they realized that if they didn’t, a 40-year history of some of the world’s most beloved film music could be lost forever.
• “The Music Never Stopped: The Future of the Grateful Dead Experience in the Information Age” will provide a fascinating look at the latest in audio archiving for the Dead and other bands.
• “Restoration Audio: Preservation of Your Assets Today for Tomorrow,” a panel led by Bob Koszella of Iron Mountain Entertainment Services Digital Studios (which has preserved over 28 million assets for its customers) will examine how advancements in audio technology and major changes in how the entertainment industry creates and monetizes content have challenged engineers to migrate, mix, master, store and distribute content securely.
• “The Edison Kinetophone” will offer a rare look at Edison’s first attempt at synchronizing picture with sound, with a presentation covering the only eight Kinetophone motion pictures known to have survived.
• “A Pictorial History of CBS Records’ Legendary 30th St Studio” will feature Dan Mortensen’s efforts to re-create the life of the fabled studio, which hosted a who’s-who of recording artists from 1948 to 1982. In addition, GRAMMY-winning engineer Paul Blakemore will offer a workshop on the history of Soundstream digital tape recording.
• “The Roots of Stereophony” will trace the developments that led from two-channel telephony in the late 1800s to the key innovations from Bell Labs, EMI, Magnetophon and others that led to the beginnings of stereo recording.
Additional information about these and other AES Archiving and Restoration Track events is available at http://www.aes.org/events/143/archiving.