Last month I spoke about audio preservation at a conference attended mostly by
art conservation students. One of them approached me afterwards and asked me
if I'd heard anything about this big reformatting project that was going on at
LOC. She said they were reformatting everything to large discs. I was
thinking some kind of super-sized, super audio CD. But then she said the discs
were made of shellac.
She was a little bit irked at NPR when I told her I thought they were pulling
Preservation and Conservation Studies
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University of Texas at Austin
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Quoting Jerry <[log in to unmask]>:
> I hadn't heard that show, and for the second time in many years I was taken
> in by NPR on April Fool's Day. The first time was several years ago when
> my clock radio came on to a story about an innovative technique whereby
> newborns were fitted out with an implanted chip that enabled them to
> acquire new learning effortlessly. As I cursed away at this "advancement,"
> my wife said "April fool, dear!" -- Jerry
> At 08:35 AM 5/15/2004, you wrote:
> >>If shellac discs have a "best before" date...
> >this reminds me of the story on NPR about how the LOC was converting
> >all audio to shellac 78's for posterity. (it was on April first last
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