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---2007 ANNUAL CONFERENCE---
You are invited to join friends and colleagues for the 41st annual
conference of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, May 2-5.
The event, hosted by the Ward Irish Music Archives, in conjunction with the
Sanfilippo Victorian Palace, will take place at the Hilton Milwaukee City
Center, 509 West Wisconsin Avenue. The lovingly restored Art Deco structure,
completed in 1928, opened as the state's tallest and largest hotel. The
Shops of Grand Avenue, the Historic Third Ward, the Water Street
entertainment area, Pabst Theater, Milwaukee Public Museum, and Milwaukee
Art Museum are just some of the nearby attractions.
During the conference, the Hilton Milwaukee City Center is offering a
special room rate of $119 per night, single or double. To reserve a room,
Click on the hotel link at the bottom of the page, and you will be
transferred to the Hilton Web page for the ARSC Conference. If you have
questions about or problems with your reservation, call the hotel directly
at 414-271-7250. To receive the special rate, rooms must be reserved no
later than April 14.
This year, full conference and Saturday single-day registrations include
round-trip transportation, lunch, ARSC Awards Banquet, and organ concert at
the Victorian Palace, Barrington, Illinois. Read more about the Victorian
Palace in the "Tours" section of this announcement.
Register early and save! Full conference registration postmarked by April 9
is $155 for ARSC members, $180 for non-members, and $115 for student
members. After that date, registration is $180 for ARSC members, $205 for
non-members, and $140 for student members.
Single-day registration fees are as follows: Thursday and/or Friday, $35 per
day members, $45 per day non-members, $25 per day student members. Saturday
is $90 members, $105 non-members, $80 student members. After April 9,
Thursday and/or Friday, $45 per day members, $55 per day non-members, $30
per day student members. Saturday is $115 members, $140 non-members, $105
For the complete preliminary program, registration form, and further details
about the conference, visit:
For further information (including exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities),
contact Kurt Nauck, Conference Manager, at [log in to unmask] or 281-288-7826.
ARSC is dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings -- in
all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods.
Reflecting this broad mission, the upcoming conference offers a diverse
array of talks and sessions that will appeal to both professionals and
collectors. Scheduled talks include:
-- "The Sound Directions Project: Best Practices for the Digitization and
Long-Term Preservation of Ethnographic Audio Collections" (Mike Casey)
-- "Tape Degradation Factors and Predicting Tape Life" (Richard Hess)
-- Copyright Committee Report on Recent Activities and Developments
-- "The Potential for Use of Voice Recognition Software in Appraisal of Oral
History Tapes" (Sonia Yaco)
-- "The Birth of the Intravenous Drip Machine" (Marie Azile O'Connell)
-- "Could Audio Archives Be the Next Hot Location for Field Research?"
(Aaron M. Bittel)
-- "Archival Cylinder Box: An ARSC Design and Engineering Project" (Bill
-- "Arturo Toscanini: In Memoriam, 1957-2007" (Seth Winner)
-- "Where Did You Find That? How NPR and the CBC Audio Collections Support
Engaging, Non-Commercial Radio Programming -- On Deadline! (Hannah Sommers
and Lorne Shapiro)
-- "The Jazz That Made Milwaukee Famous: Newly Digitized Tapes from the John
Steiner Collection at the Chicago Jazz Library." (Deborah L. Gillaspie)
-- "Wreck Up a Version: King Tubby, Dub Reggae, and the Roots of Sampling"
-- "The Golden Age of Irish Music Recording" (Harry Bradshaw)
-- "Nadia Boulanger: The Polish Relief Concert -- April 4, 1941" (Gary Galo)
-- "The Masters of Finnish Folk Music: Releasing Erkki Ala-Koenni's
Historical Folk Music Recordings" (Lari Aaltonen and Pekko Kaeppi)
-- "How to Play a Record: A Method for Optimizing the Stylus/Groove
Interface" (Doug Pomeroy)
-- James P. Leary on his recent book, "Polkabilly: How the Goose Island
Ramblers Redefined American Folk Music"
The topic of this year's Technical Committee Roundtable is "Small-Scale
Audio Preservation Storage and Management Issues and Solutions" Talks
planned for this session are:
-- "The Best-You-Can-with-What-You-Have Practices: Digital Audio
Preservation in a Small Non-Profit Institution" (Andy Kolovos)
--"The Bits That Bite at the New York Philharmonic: The Long-Term Storage
Conundrum" (Adrian Cosentini)
-- "The Transitional Repository -- A Safety Net for Small Digital
Preservation Projects" (John Spencer)
On Friday evening, bring your technical questions to the "Ask the Technical
Committee" session, or share your expertise or favorite collecting story at
the "Collectors' Roundtable."
PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP: "Preservation of Audio in the Digital Domain"
This one-day workshop covers the basics of preserving audio in the digital
domain, addressing difficult issues concerning equipment, technical
metadata, workflow, and storage. Archivists, librarians, and collection
managers -- anyone who works with archival sound recordings -- will receive
guidance on formulating solid digital-preservation strategies, and a greater
understanding of the issues involved in working effectively with IT
personnel, audio engineers, and others pursuing the preservation endeavor.
The workshop will be held Wednesday, May 2, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., at the
hotel's Regency Ballroom. The workshop registration fee is not included in
the conference registration fee. Early workshop registration (postmarked by
April 9) is $75 for ARSC members, $85 for non-members, and $40 for students.
Detailed information about the workshop can be found at:
Conference attendees are in for a couple of very special treats. On
Thursday, May 3, the Ward Irish Music Archives will host a dinner reception
and tour of its facility. Located in suburban Milwaukee, the archives
"promote and preserve Irish and Irish-American music in all its forms, and .
. . make it accessible to the public." Considered to be the largest public
collection of its type in North America, the archives house more than 40,000
Irish music artifacts -- sound recordings, books, videos, sheet music, and
musical instruments. Among the fascinating displays is an extensive and
detailed examination of the influence of Irish-Americans on U.S. popular
On Saturday, May 5, an all-day outing will take registered conference
attendees to Jasper and Marian Sanfilippo's Victorian Palace, a
44,000-square-foot mansion and private museum in Barrington, Illinois. The
world's largest collection of restored automatic musical instruments is on
display. View and hear phonographs, music boxes, coin-operated pianos,
orchestrions, dance organs, calliopes, and more. Two of the highlights of
the Victorian Palace are the gargantuan 80-rank, 8000-pipe theater organ --
the world's largest -- with chambers occupying four stories, and the Eden
Palais, an exquisite European salon carousel from 1890.
Special talks scheduled for the Victorian Palace are:
-- "Sound Recordings as a Tool for Musicological Research into Musical
Automata" (Helmut Kowar)
-- "Mechanical Music of the Rich and Famous: Orchestrions, Pittsburgh
Plutocrats, and Musical Culture" (Philip C. Carli)
Robert Ridgeway, curator of the Victorian Palace, and Rob DeLand of
BluesTone Music Rolls, are also scheduled to give presentations.
Lunch, the ARSC Awards Banquet, and a concert by Walt Strony, a premier
concert organist, are all included in the tour.
Don't miss this rare opportunity to explore the spectacular Sanfilippo
museum, which is not open to the public.
ARSC Outreach Committee Chair