The Outreach Committee of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections
(ARSC) posts the following message. If you have any questions, please click
on one of the links or e-mail addresses below.
--- 2011 ANNUAL CONFERENCE ---
You are invited to join friends and colleagues for the 45th annual
conference of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. The event will
be held at the Wilshire Grand in downtown Los Angeles, California, May
11-14. The conference will be hosted by the UCLA Ethnomusicology Department,
in honor of its 50th anniversary.
The Wilshire Grand is located four blocks from the Los Angeles Convention
Center, Staples Center, Nokia Theater, and the LA Live Complex. Conveniently
visit Hollywood or Universal Studios by way of the 7th Street and Metro
subway station, which is right across the street from the hotel. Chinatown,
Little Tokyo, the Museum of Contemporary Arts, and the Grammy Museum are all
within five miles of the Wilshire Grand.
A block of rooms has been reserved for ARSC conference attendees at the
special rate of $139 for a Superior Room, single or double occupancy, for
the nights of May 10-14. (Upgraded room options are available.) The
conference rate will be honored three days before and after these dates,
Rooms must be reserved by April 19, though you are strongly encouraged to
make your reservations as early as possible. All rooms are held on a
first-come, first-served basis.
Reservations can be made at 1-888-773-2888. Indicate that you are with the
Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC). The group code is
For online reservations, visit:
and click the Weblink near the bottom of the page.
Register early and save! Full conference registration postmarked by April 19
is $150 for ARSC members, $175 for non-members, $75 for student members, and
$85 for non-member students. After that date, registration is $175 for ARSC
members, $200 for non-members, $85 for student members, and $95 for
non-member students. Single-day registration is also available.
For the complete preliminary program, registration form, and further details
about the conference:
For further information, contact Brenda Nelson-Strauss, Conference Manager,
at [log in to unmask] or 812-855-7530. For exhibitor and sponsorship
opportunities, contact Callie Holmes at [log in to unmask] or 202-707-5246.
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 talks and
sessions that will appeal to both professionals and collectors.
Scheduled presentations include:
-- A Conversation with Radio Legend Norman Corwin -- conducted by Mike Biel
and Walden Hughes
-- Latest Copyright Developments -- Tim Brooks and Eric Harbeson
-- Introducing the National Jukebox -- David Giovannoni and David Sager
-- Modern Records: A Conversation with Recording Pioneer Joe Bihari --
moderated by John Broven
-- Television and the Record Industry: A Conversation with Ron Dante, Wink
Martindale, and Paul Petersen -- moderated by Stuart Shostak
-- Outsourcing Audio Preservation Work -- ARSC Technical Committee
-- Evolution of Audio Engineering -- Gary Gottlieb
-- Digital Audio Interstitial Errors -- Chris Lacinak
-- Audio Analysis and Processing in Multi-Media File Formats -- Rob Poretti
-- Ethnographic Sound Archives -- Anthony Seeger, Maureen Russell, and David
You are invited to attend the Technical Committee's Open Meeting with
question-and-answer session, on Thursday evening.
The preliminary conference schedule (subject to change) can be viewed at:
The Education and Training Committee is presenting a pre-conference workshop
on "Audio Archives 101: Identification, Organization, Preservation," on May
This day-long workshop is aimed primarily at students; those new to audio
archiving; and experienced professional archivists, librarians, and
administrators who find themselves dealing with the challenges of legacy
audio formats for the first time. Speaker presentations and hands-on
activities will focus on media identification, appraisal, care and
maintenance, and reformatting of the most common types of sound recordings.
A separate registration fee applies for the workshop. Pre-registration is
required. For more information, see:
or contact Karen Fishman, [log in to unmask], 202-707-5856, or Aaron Bittel,
[log in to unmask], 310-825-1695.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES TOUR (contingent on 20 participants)
An optional tour, "Los Angeles: A Journey Through Time," will take place on
Wednesday, May 11 at 3:30 p.m. A professional guide will meet participants
in the Wilshire Grand lobby and lead an eye-popping stroll through the
nation's largest contiguous collection of historic architecture and filming
locations. Cost is $21 and includes a Metro day pass. Tour duration is two
HOLLYWOOD VAULTS TOUR
David Wexler has kindly offered to provide a private tour of Hollywood
Vaults, a state-of-the-art storage facility for media materials. The tour
will depart from the Wilshire Grand lobby, on Wednesday at 3 p.m., and
return at approximately 5 p.m. This is a free tour, but space is limited.
The conference will conclude on Saturday evening with the annual Awards
Banquet in the hotel's Sierra Ballroom. Winners of the 2010 and 2011 ARSC
Awards will be honored. Banquet tickets are $50 each.
To read about the tours, the Awards Banquet, and more, visit:
The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings -- in all genres
of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in
bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals --
everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound.