The Outreach Committee of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections
(ARSC) posts the following message.
--- 2019 ARSC CONFERENCE: PORTLAND, OREGON ---
Please join us for the 53rd annual ARSC Conference, May 8-11, 2019, in
The conference programs will take place at the Benson Hotel, an historic
hotel located within walking distance of shopping, dining, and entertainment
in the Pearl District, Pioneer Square, and downtown Portland. It is within
striking distance of several of the city's many record stores and Powell's
City of Books. Museums include the Portland Art Museum, Oregon Historical
Society, and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
The pre-conference workshop, "All Things Digital: Digital Audio Workstation
Basics," will be held on May 8, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., at the Crystal
Ballroom, in the Benson Hotel.
A block of rooms has been reserved at special rates for ARSC conference
attendees. ARSC's contracted dates extend from May 7-11. Additionally, the
group rate will be honored three days before and three days after, based on
availability. The deadline for reservations at the group rate is April 12.
After that date, reservations will be accepted 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 19. Registration
options are available for members and non-members. A special fee waiver
program is available for student members. Online registration is now
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]
The preliminary conference schedule (subject to change) can be viewed at:
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.
Presenters include representatives from archives across North America and
Europe, as well as record collectors, dealers, audio engineers and
producers, academics, historians, and musicians.
This year's plenary sessions are:
-- The Music Modernization Act and You
-- Discogs -- Collaboration and Crowdsourcing in the 21st Century
Presentations and session topics include:
-- The Fabulous Wailers and the Founding of the Northwest Rock 'n' Roll
-- Phil Moore: Portland's Forgotten Groomer of the Stars and Musical Genius
-- Portland's Native Son Mel Blanc: "Wascally Wabbit" Making "Wecords"
-- Recent Developments in Audio Retrieval via Optical Methods
-- Discography, Then and Now
-- Recent Developments in the Preservation of Wire Recordings, Magnabelts,
-- The First Black-Owned Recording Ventures Reissued: Black Swans
-- Jack Penewell: The Paramount Test Pressings and Private Recordings of the
Inventor of the Twin-Six Guitar
-- Lacquers: Playback and Content
-- How to Leverage Open Mass Digitization Audio Projects
-- A Century of Concert Spiritual Recordings: The Pioneers
-- The First Days of Disco
-- Preserving NBC Radio Coverage of the Founding of the United Nations
-- Media Preservation and Digitization Principles and Practices
-- Portland's DIY Scene: The Punk Underground, and Rock and Roll
-- Mahalia Jackson's Apollo Recordings
-- How Archiving Challenges of the Past Can Be Used to Shape Future
-- Laurel and Hardy on the Radio: Rare and Well Done
-- Bob Fass and Radio Unnameable: Saving NYC's Radical Radio History
-- Surveying Archival Yiddish Audio Collections: A Treasure of Yiddish Songs
-- Where the Music Matters: KEXP Audio Archives Digitization
-- Inventing the Recording in 1900 Spain: The Era of the Gabinetes
Don't forget: there will be an "Ask the Technical Committee" session on
Thursday evening and the "Collectors' Roundtable" (open to the general
public) on Friday evening.
Also on Friday evening, join Mark Cantor for the music-on-film event, "Music
is Where You Find It." Most fans of music on film are well aware of the
riches to be found within feature films, short subjects, SOUNDIES, and
television broadcasts. But popular music -- jazz, blues, country, ethnic,
and just plain "pop" -- can be found in many other film genres. In this
session, we will explore some of the other sources -- often neglected when
music on film is discussed -- where great performances can be found: fund
raising films, industrial shorts, television commercials, raw newsreel
footage, experimental and independent films, propaganda pieces, animated
cartoons, and home movies. This program is drawn from the Celluloid
Improvisations Music Film Archive, perhaps the largest private collection of
musical content where 16mm sound film is the primary source. Join us for a
session of rarities that includes appearances from Benny Goodman, Duke
Ellington, Helen Humes, Don Shirley, Big Bill Broonzy, "Cannonball"
Adderley, Spade Cooley, Eddie Lang, and many more!
"All Things Digital: Digital Audio Workstation Basics" is a full-day,
hands-on workshop on May 8, at the Benson Hotel. The workshop will give
attendees a practical overview of digital audio workstation use for archival
applications. It is intended for archivists, collection managers,
researchers, students, and anyone who needs to have a working knowledge of
digital audio. No previous experience necessary. The workshop is limited to
For more information:
Curtis Peoples, [log in to unmask]
OPTIONAL PRE-CONFERENCE TOUR
On May 8, tour Cascade Record Pressing, the first large-production,
automated record pressing plant in the Pacific Northwest. It is Oregon's
only vinyl record pressing plant, and produces high-quality records for
discerning artists and labels. Learn about all aspects of the record
pressing process. Cascade Record Pressing is located about 20 minutes
southeast of downtown Portland in Milwaukie. Grace Krause, Project Manager
at Cascade Record Pressing, is generously offering a pre-conference tour for
a limited number of participants (maximum: 15). Participants meet in the
Benson Hotel lobby at 1:15 p.m. for 1:30 p.m. departure for the tour.
Transportation will be by shared Uber vehicles. Participants return to hotel
at 3:30 p.m. Fee applies (covers transportation).
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 2018 Awards for Excellence and 2019 Lifetime
Achievement and Distinguished Service awards will be honored. Finalists for
the 2019 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.