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Re: [ARSCLIST] Was: .BWF backward compatibility New: digital benefits and rarities still to find

At 02:36 PM 3/30/2004 -0500, Dave Radlauer wrote:

Yes, but . . . the beneficial trade-offs (from archival standpoint as
advocated by Library of Congress and proponents of an overarching digital
environment) are:
1)  the functionality of digital storage;
2) wide dissemination with searchability, wide access to indexes and contents
via electronic means (i.e. internet, CD-ROM, other future technologies);
3)  longer term stability of actual content vs. steady aging, fragility and
degradation of analog original source materials.

Perhaps the overwhelming advantage of digital archiving is lossless replication.

<< There will be no discoveries of long lost documents in a neglected
warehouse or attic. >>

Yes there will because a large portion of rare materials are currently in the
hands of private collectors, family legacies, and basements.

Two examples:
I'm currently working with an archive which has acquired  from a private
party a sizeable collection (700+ discs) of electrical broadcast
ranging from the late 1930s to the early 1950s.  These were long preserved
by a
private party involved in the original productions, until such time as an
institution expressed interest in long term preservation.

I frequently collaborate with a non-profit jazz foundation engaged in
preservation which frequently has rare materials offered, bequeathed or
donated by
private individuals.  As a vintage jazz broadcaster, I've had people give me
discovered materials, tapes, acetate discs, cassettes, of genuinely rare

I'll add two more, if I may. A few months ago, a friend brought over some tapes he had never annotated. He thought they might contain material of interest to me - that is, operatic. Only one did, but that had a major gem: a broadcast from the Edinburgh Festival in 1957, a remarkable performance which was thought to have been lost. On the other side was a Callas broadcast, only the second known to exist of that performance and in far better sound than the extant tape.

More remotely, a few years ago metal parts were discovered in a Naples
basement which proved to be unissued recordings by one of the last of the
'bel canto' tenors, Fernando de Lucia. They have since been pressed on
vinyl (yes, at "78" rpm) and issued by Historic Masters, Ltd.

Mike -- mrichter@xxxxxxx http://www.mrichter.com/

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