In the context of early electroacoustic music the term “work tape” is most often used to denote recorded sounds that were used in the assembly process but are not the finished recording of the composition itself. I have also seen “sound document” used in this context.
I don’t believe a standardized term exists that can apply to both analog and digital materials of this type, but in my own research I have been kicking around the terms “assembly recordings/sounds” or “realization recordings/sounds" to refer to these materials in a "format agnostic" way.
Preservation and cataloguing of these kinds of work materials for electroacoustic music is still in a nascent stage, so there’s work to be done yet in developing standardized terminology.
I have just ordered this book from our library’s remote storage:
Smiraglia, R. & Pavlovsky, T. (1997). Describing music materials : a manual for descriptive cataloging of printed and recorded music, music videos, and archival music collections : for use with AACR2 and APPM. Lake Crystal, Minn: Soldier Creek Press.
It’s old, but it could hold some clues. I’ll reply here if I find anything useful.
David Huff, M.M.
Sound Preservationist, Music Library
Doctoral Candidate in Music Theory, College of Music
University of North Texas
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On Jun 20, 2019, at 11:08 AM, Nick Patterson <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
Hi ARSC folks,
A question especially for the catalogers/archivists here...
In a situation where there are archival audio materials which consist of
- raw material, definitely related to a finished work;
- raw material, which may or may not have been used in a finished work
Can anyone point me to existing standardized terms for audio recordings,
for this type of thing?
The context of this is audio content which often documents work processes
of electronic music, e.g., audio materials and experiments which may have
been incorporated into final works.
In music scores, we have the LCSH:
It could work for audio, but I just wondered if there was any
audio-specific thesaurus or other authority that might also have terms?
Any tips much appreciated!
Nick Patterson, Music Librarian
Music & Arts Library, Columbia University
701 Dodge, 2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027