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The vibrant Pacific Northwest city of Seattle, Washington -- the "Emerald 
City" -- is the setting for the 40th annual ARSC conference, May 17-20. Join 
your friends and colleagues for this event hosted by the University of 
Washington School of Music, in the city famous for the Space Needle, Pike 
Place Market, and the Frank Gehry-designed Experience Music Project.

The distinctive Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue will be our conference site. 
Located at 1415 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, the hotel is within walking distance 
of some of the best shopping, theaters, and cultural attractions on the West 
Coast. During the conference, the Red Lion Hotel is offering special room 
rates of $139 per night, single or double; $149 triple; and $159 quad. To 
reserve a room, visit On the Reservations 
page, click on "Change rate types" in the "Rate types" section, and enter 
0000784000 in the "Group block" box. Call the hotel at 206-971-8000, if you 
have questions about or problems with your reservation. The special rates 
are valid until April 24.

Register early and save! Full conference registration postmarked by April 24 
is $120 for ARSC members, $150 for non-members, and $60 for students. After 
that date, registration is $145 for ARSC members, $175 for non-members, and 
$75 for students.

For those wishing to attend only one day, single-day registration postmarked 
by April 24 is $35 for ARSC members, $45 for non-members, and $25 for 
students. After that date, single-day registration is $45 for ARSC members, 
$55 for non-members, and $30 for students.

For the complete preliminary program, registration form, and further details 
about the conference, visit:

Questions concerning local sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities should be 
directed to Paul Jackson at [log in to unmask]

For all other questions, contact the Conference Manager, Kurt Nauck, at 
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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 a diverse 
array of talks and sessions that will appeal to both professionals and 
collectors. Scheduled talks include:

-- "New Imaging Methods Applied to Mechanical Sound Carrier Preservation and 
Access" (Carl Haber)
-- "Licensing in the Music Industry" (Ava Lawrence)
-- "80,000 LPs Times 1122 Miles: The Wilson Processing Project & OCLC Take 
on NYPL's Uncataloged Vinyl" (Peter Hirsch)
-- "The Northwest Sound: Recordings, Marketplace, and Memory" (Craig 
-- "The Ins and Outs of Making a Good Oral History" (Marie Azile O'Connell)
-- "From the Handcrank to the Hyperlink: Technical Means and Technological 
Methods of the UCSB Cylinder Digitization Project" (David Seubert and Noah 
-- "Saving the Unique Sounds of American Political Campaigning" (Lewis 
-- "Grant Funding Strategies for Sound Collections" (Gayle Palmer)
-- "MuDoc: A New Model for Digital Music Archiving and Retrieval" (Michael 
-- "Milton Kaye -- New York Pianist" (Dennis D. Rooney)
-- David Levine on the Naxos Decision
-- "Dobbin: New Techniques in Audio Mass Processing" (Joerg Houpert and 
Jerome Luepkes)
-- "Gospel Music as Story: The Life and Work of Otis Jackson" (Robert M. 
-- "Progress and Problems in Modern-Day Jazz Discography" (Noal Cohen)

The ARSC Technical Committee's roundtable is scheduled for Thursday 
afternoon. Later that evening, bring your questions to the "Ask the 
Technical Committee" session.

Share your expertise or favorite collecting story at the "Collectors' 
Roundtable" on Friday evening. This informal session always features amusing 
anecdotes among the informative and entertaining discussions.


One of the conference highlights will be the free tour of Benaroya Hall, 
home of the Seattle Symphony since 1998. Noted for its architectural and 
acoustical design, Benaroya houses an auditorium, a recital hall, and the 
4,490-pipe Watjen Organ. Please join us for this special tour led by 
symphony engineer Al Swanson and public information specialist Steven Lowe, 
as they provide a behind-the-scenes look at the hall and discuss the 
challenges of recording a major American orchestra.


The pre-conference workshop, "A Tutorial on the Preservation of Audio in the 
Digital Domain," will be held May 17, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., at the hotel's 
Bainbridge Room. The workshop registration fee is not included in the 
conference registration fee. Early workshop registration (postmarked by 
April 24) is $70 for ARSC members, $80 for non-members, and $30 for 
students. Detailed information about the workshop can be found at:


Limited seating is available for the ARSC Awards Banquet on Saturday 
evening. For just $35, attendees have their choice of portobello mushroom 
ravioli, salmon with basil bruchetta, or chicken with mango chutney. Indulge 
in either lemon riviera or chocolate decadence for desert.

The Buttersprites, a Seattle-based post-grunge, post-punk all-girl band, 
will provide our after-banquet entertainment. The band's "gleefully nutty 
music and tongue-in-cheek lyrics, mostly sung in Japanese," should bring a 
unique and memorable close to the conference.

Please join us for our first Seattle conference. You won't have to fight off 
the Wicked Witch's winged monkeys en route to this "Emerald City."

Anna-Maria Manuel
ARSC Outreach Committee Chair