ARSC may have lost a few, but it gained me. I am impressed by the sensitivity of the debate, the positions being taken, and the respectful nature of the exchange. Also, importantly, I want to register my support for the Code of Conduct initiative and ARSC’s suggested new policies regarding the perilous social and political moment we are experiencing. In a time when health and reason itself have been politicized, it is more than appropriate for an association to review how it interacts with its constituency and membership.
Finally, thank you Rebecca and Yuri for working so hard sustaining a thoughtful newsletter. Not easy, your position, and as others have noted, the coming issues are an ideal opportunity to flesh out the range of opinions being expressed in these email exchanges.
In many ways, Kurt’s letter has been a timely stimulus for solidifying support around ARSC’s diversity initiatives… Though, not to put too fine a point on it, that might not have been his original intention.
National Recording Preservation Foundation
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> On Jul 20, 2020, at 5:56 PM, Sarah Bryan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Corey Bailey wrote: "That said, let's not be overly harsh on the editor of
> the newsletter."
> I agree very much. Much as I disagree with the letter itself, I respect
> Yuri's decision to publish it.
> Sarah Bryan
> On Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 4:05 PM Corey Bailey <[log in to unmask]>
>> Hi all,
>> A followup to Rebecca's post:
>> I would suggest a separate heading, column or department for 'Letters To
>> The Editor' in the next newsletter. My guess is that there will be a few
>> That said, let's not be overly harsh on the editor of the newsletter.
>> She's doing her best and is, after all, a volunteer.
>> I didn't intend to start a flame war and, so far - so good.
>> Let the discussion continue and the ideas flow,
>> Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
>> On 7/20/2020 7:13 AM, Rebecca Chandler wrote:
>>> Good morning,
>>> Thank you all for sharing your thoughts on the most recent Letter to the
>>> Editor published in the newsletter. And thank you, Corey, for starting
>>> Some background: The Editor did share the letter with the ARSC board
>>> to publication. While I and others on the board do not agree with the
>>> contents of the letter, it is important to the integrity of the
>>> organization to allow our members to express themselves without
>>> We support the decision to publish the letter as an opinion piece in the
>>> newsletter. There were no other Letter to the Editor submissions at the
>>> time of publication.
>>> The Board has made its position known on the issues brought up in the
>>> letter through its statement opposing racism and police brutality (
>>> http://www.arsc-audio.org/pdf/ARSC_Statement_Opposing_Racism.pdf) and
>>> support of the DEI Committee in drafting the Code of Conduct currently
>>> under member review. If you are not familiar with these documents, I
>>> strongly encourage you to read them (the Code of Conduct draft is only
>>> available to members while in the review stage).
>>> I am glad to see others sharing their thoughts and views here and I would
>>> also encourage you to do so through giving feedback on the Code of
>> Conduct (
>>> and/or writing your own Letter to the Editor for consideration. You are
>>> also welcome to reach out to me directly off-list if you do not feel
>>> comfortable sharing your thoughts in a public forum.
>>> Thank you,
>>> Rebecca Chandler
>>> *ARSC President*
>>> On Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 9:18 AM Gary A. Galo <
>>> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>> It was downright irresponsible for that letter to be published in the
>>>> Newsletter, at least by itself. The Editor of the Newsletter should
>>>> at the very least, sent that letter to a few other ARSC members, and the
>>>> ENTIRE ARSC Board, for peer review, inviting them to offer their own
>>>> for publication in the same issue. Publishing that letter by itself
>>>> give readers the impression that Kurt's view is a prevailing one at
>>>> which is certainly not the case (I believe he speaks for a miniscule
>>>> minority in our organization, at least I hope so). I would encourage
>>>> members, including members of the Board, to submit letters for
>>>> in the next Newsletter, in the interests of offering a more balanced
>>>> perspective on this subject, and upholding ARSC's reputation as an
>>>> inclusive and welcoming professional organization.
>>>> Gary Galo
>>>> Audio Engineer Emeritus
>>>> The Crane School of Music
>>>> SUNY at Potsdam, NY 13676
>>>> "Great art presupposes the alert mind of the educated listener."
>>>> Arnold Schoenberg
>>>> "A true artist doesn't want to be admired, he wants to be believed."
>>>> Igor Markevitch
>>>> "If you design an audio system based on the premise that nothing is
>>>> on that system nothing will be audible."
>>>> G. Galo
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>>>> Subject: [EXTERNAL] [ARSCLIST] Comments on the open letter
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>>>> Hi All,
>>>> In the last newsletter, there was an open letter to the ARSC membership
>>>> titled "Letters to the Editor" by Kurt Nauck.
>>>> Anyone care to comment on that letter?
>>>> Corey Bailey Audio Engineering