Hi Melissa --
Thanks so much for the suggestion! I'll definitely check out ATM. It's
possible I know someone there, which would make the process easier.
Speaking of which: Do you happen to know of any grant opportunities to
support projects such as this? (I'm a professional grant writer -- my "day
job" as musicians like to say.) I'm assuming the process of selecting,
annotating, and transferring such a large personal connection will be time
consuming. Not that I'll mind -- it's all been a huge, life-long,
non-profit endeavor (in spirit if not in legal reality); but a bit of
support would certainly grease the digital wheels.
On May 4, 2016 12:25 PM, "Melissa Widzinski" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
You might check out the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University
to see if it would be a good fit for your collection. Your content sounds
like it would fit with the mission of the ATM. Here's a link regarding
depositing materials there:
Audio Preservation Engineer
Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative
On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 1:12 PM, Wayne Vitale <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dear List,
> I'm looking for advice and references regarding my personal collection of
> recordings. I'm Not Old (see chart below), but would like to start
> long range about where this collection can end up when I reach the Seventh
> *The Seven Ages of Humans*
> Not Old Enough to Know Better
> Old Enough to Know Better
> Not Old Enough
> Old Enough
> Not Old
> My collection is focused exclusively and deeply on the music of Bali,
> Indonesia, where I've lived about seven years of my life, mostly in a few
> long chunks over the past 35 years. I bought a DAT machine at the moment
> they became "legal" in 1991 – you might recall that this took an act of
> Congress – along with two high-quality ribbon mics, and promptly left to
> Bali for my first 2.5 year stay, supported by an NEH grant.
> And I recorded like the dickens: performances in multiple contexts (e.g.
> temple festivals, in gamelan competitions before crowds of 6000 people),
> arranged sessions, lessons, interviews, and more. This yielded hundreds of
> hours of high-quality recordings, by musicians that play on a level that
> can only be described as world-class.
> Later, armed with a solid-state recorder, I continued this documentation
> several mulit-month stays. With more to come, no doubt.
> I've released a few of the best recordings on my label, Vital Records (
> vitalrecords.ws). But the vast majority are simply part of my personal
> library, living mostly undisturbed as digital bits and bytes on hard
> drives. Almost all were made with explicit agreements with the musicians
> not to publish the recordings – they were truly intended for personal
> enjoyment and research. (The released versions were accompanied, of
> by agreements with the artists.)
> Anyhow, someday I'd love to gaze down from heaven (or upwards from an
> undisclosed location) on this collection as it sits at a university
> library, or some other archive, and brings pleasure and knowledge to many
> people. It's filled with gems, actual (just plain great music) and/or
> historical (lost styles, disbanded ensembles).
> Any ideas about where to start, in terms of planning? I have the luxury of
> time, presumably, to figure this out – that is, unless I get a sudden
> Pass to Age Seven.
> Wayne Vitale
> PS. I like Zappa too.