The Outreach Committee of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections
(ARSC) posts the following message.
--- 2018 ARSC CONFERENCE: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND ---
Please join us for the 52nd annual ARSC conference, May 9-12, 2018. The
conference programs will take place at the Radisson Baltimore Downtown-Inner
Harbor, situated near Baltimore's historic seaport.
Nearby attractions include Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the National
Aquarium, the USS Constitution, the Civil War Museum, the Walters Art
Museum, the George Peabody Library, the Maryland Science Center, and the
giant RCA Nipper dog on top of the Maryland Historical Society.
Two Pre-Conference Workshops, "All Hands on Deck! Analog Tape Playback" and
"People, Processes, and Technology" will be held on May 9.
A block of rooms has been reserved at special rates for ARSC conference
attendees. ARSC's contracted dates extend from Tuesday, May 8 through
Saturday, May 12, with Sunday departure. These rates will also be honored
three days prior and three days following, subject to availability. The
deadline to make reservations at the Radisson Hotel is Tuesday, April 24.
Reservations made after this date, or after our room block is filled, will
be on a space available basis at the prevailing rate.
For more information about the hotel, room rates, and reservations:
Register early and save! In order to receive the early registration
discount, you must register for the conference by April 17. Registration
options are available for members and non-members. Online registration is
now available at:
For further details about the conference:
For general information about the conference, contact Brenda Nelson-Strauss,
Conference Manager: [log in to unmask]
To discuss or arrange sponsorship, exhibits, or advertising, contact Curtis
Peoples, Assistant Conference Manager: [log in to unmask]
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.
This year's plenary sessions are:
-- Baltimore Sounds: An Introduction, ranging from opera singers to
-- Bluegrass In and Around Baltimore
-- Revival and Reinterpretation, which addresses the challenge of race in
early sound recordings.
Some of the session topics are:
-- Eubie Blake
-- Babe Ruth
-- Jazz Oral History at the Smithsonian
-- "American Epic" Goes to School
-- Blue Sky Boys
-- Ray Davis and Wango Records
-- Go-Go, Club, and Hip-Hop (moderated discussion)
-- Introducing the Cold War Communication Project
-- Expert Disc Transfer Techniques
-- Continuing to Push the Cylinder Transfer Envelope
-- A Methodology for Digitizing Wax Cylinders
-- Quality Control for Media Digitization
-- Phonographs on the Road in Latin America
-- Sounds, Sights, and Sites of Activism in '68
-- Requirements for AD converters in Audio Preservation
-- Saving the War of the Worlds: In Search of Missing Martians
-- Birgit Nilsson and Astrid Varnay
-- State of the Art 1925: The Orthophonic Victrola Credenza Compared to a
Legacy Victor Talking Machine
Poster sessions are back this year. Posters will be displayed all day
Friday. The poster session will be held Friday afternoon, from 3 p.m. to 4
Of course, there will be conference "extras."
On Thursday, the Women in Recorded Sound Social will take place from 6 p.m.
to 8 p.m. at Alewife, Tasting Room, 21 N Eutaw St., a five-minute walk from
the hotel. (Pay your own tab.)
Also on Thursday evening, bring your technical questions to "Ask the
Technical Committee." After, the ARSC and IASA discography committees will
have an open meeting. It will include an update on the "International
Bibliography of Discographies" and other topics of shared interest to both
Later, join ARSC President and DJ Matt Barton, his two turntables, and
guests for a special narrowcast featuring rare and special recordings from
Baltimore and beyond, old time radio magic, interviews, and surprises. Don't
touch that dial!
On Friday evening, Brandon Burke will introduce the film, "Watch the K
Foundation Burn a Million Quid," about the British prankster/provocateur
electronic group, The KLF.
For the annual Friday-evening Collectors' Roundtable/Swap, we have asked
some of the local record collectors and vendors to set up for the
conference. There should be a wide range of musical styles and prices,
ranging from the 50-cent table to premium collectables. Tables will be
available for you to set out your stock as well. Participants are invited to
bring a crate of records they would like to sell or trade, and/or a record
or two for show & tell. This event is open to the general public.
The preliminary conference schedule (subject to change) can be viewed at:
ARSC is offering two pre-conference workshops on Wednesday, May 9, at the
conference hotel. The Technical Committee's always-popular workshop, "All
Hands on Deck! Analog Tape Playback," will be offered for the first time as
a full-day affair. This workshop is designed for beginners, as well as the
more advanced audio professional with limited analog tape experience. The
afternoon workshop, "People, Processes, and Technology," focuses on the
assessment and digitization of audio collections, and is geared towards
For more information:
Curtis Peoples ("People, Processes, and Technology"), [log in to unmask]
Marcos Sueiro ("Analog Tape Playback"), [log in to unmask]
NEWCOMER ORIENTATION and MENTORING PROGRAM ARSC invites first-time
conference attendees and conference veterans to participate in the
Conference Mentoring Program. The program pairs newcomers with long-time
members, based on their shared interests. Mentors provide mentees with an
orientation to the conference, the association, and its participants in
informal meetings over the course of the conference. Only ARSC veterans who
are committed to the mentoring program should volunteer.
The conference will conclude on Saturday evening with the annual Awards
Banquet. Winners of the 2017 Awards for Excellence and 2018 Lifetime
Achievement and Distinguished Service awards will be honored. Finalists for
the 2018 Awards for Excellence will be announced.
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.