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AES’s Audio Archiving, Preservation & Restoration Conference A Success

The conference drew pros and presenters from around the industry to discuss the creation and maintenance of audio archives, as well as explore the Library of Congress facilities and engineers.

Culpeper, VA (July 30, 2018)—The Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC) Packard Campus in Culpeper was packed with audio pros during the last week of June when the Audio Engineering Society recently held its first International Conference on Audio Archiving, Preservation & Restoration—an event that sold out months in advance.

Held June 28-30, 2018, the conference, chaired by educator and AES Past President John Krivit, drew pros and presenters from around the industry to discuss the creation and maintainence of audio archives, as well as explore the Library of Congress facilities and engineers.

Building on the goals and standards of both the Audio Engineering Society and the Library of Congress, this year’s conference served as a basis for further research and implementation of new techniques in the archiving, preservation and restoration of audio assets. Research papers presented at the AES Conference on Audio Archiving, Preservation, and Restoration are available for download in the AES E-Library, and are available for free to AES members.

Library of Congress Equips AV Conservation Center, Oct. 23, 2017

“The Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center was honored to host the AES 2018 preservation conference,” said Greg Lukow, chief, National Audio-Visual Conservation Center—Packard Campus. “The library and the society have a shared commitment to audio preservation, a commitment literally written into law by the U.S. Congress 18 years ago when the AES was designated as a statutory member of the library’s National Recording Preservation Board. Since then, the society’s participation on the board has been instrumental in preparing the 2010 NRBP study on the state of recorded sound preservation in the U.S., and the library’s 2012 national recording preservation plan. It was fitting, then, that AES and the library would collaborate on the organization of a conference featuring leading experts in all areas of audio mastering and archiving from around the world, a conference that will stand as a seminal event in the history of the entire audio archiving and preservation community.”

The event’s platinum sponsor, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, played a key role in the conference. Greg Parkin, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services vice president, North America, noted, “We are pleased that our very own Kelly Pribble was able to participate on the panel ‘The Challenge of Archiving Multitrack Recordings’ and contribute a treasure-trove of knowledge and experience alongside industry icons like George Massenburg and Jack Douglas. We look forward to working closely with AES and other key partners such as the Recording Academy to bring these important issues to the forefront.”

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Another one of this year’s sponsors, who has worked closely over the years with AES and the Library of Congress, was the Recording Academy, a key proponent of the audio archiving, restoration and preservation. Maureen Droney, Recording Academy managing director, P&E Wing and Recording Technology, remarked, “The technical deep dives were enlightening, and the content—from 1950’s jazz masters on the Ed Sullivan show to field recordings from the 1940s, historic Civil Rights broadcasts and so much more—was truly moving. It shone a bright light on the true meaning and cultural importance of ‘archiving and preservation’ and those who do its work.”

View from the Top: Maureen Droney, Managing Director, Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, by Clive Young, June 6, 2018

The conference brought in attendees from over 20 countries including Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, India, Sudan, Nigeria, England, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, Mexico, Canada and all regions of the United States.

Additional conference partners included the RIAA, iZotope, Memnon, CEDAR, NOA, ATC Loudspeakers, Merging Technologies, Prism Sound, Time-Step, ATR Magnetics, Cube-Tec, MARS and the NAVCC.

National Recording Registry Adds 25 Titles, March 22, 2018

The challenges of preserving and providing access to the wide heritage of digital and analog media formats will also be a focus of the upcoming 145th International AES Convention, being held in New York City, NY, October 17-20, 2018. The AES New York Convention will bring together a variety of experts representing corporate and national archivists, media companies, libraries, historical societies, labs, post-production professionals, universities and other more, to gain further insight into these increasingly important challenges and opportunities.

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