Published on April 8, 2016
I’m honored to post Show # 250 (!), March 4, my interview with Sam Brylawski of the Library of Congress’ National Sound Preservation Board, co-author of the ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation. Sam is one of the pioneers of audio sound preservation, and one of its foremost experts, having been the President of the Association of Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) and editor of the Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings. Sam’s work focusing on preserving our collective sound history is extraordinarily important, as this history is at persistent risk of disappearing through degradation of obsolete sound preservation formats, like wax cylinders and metal plates. In our discussion, we focused on the challenges facing our world’s sound history, from funding to copyright law. I’ve known Sam for over 10 years, and this show was long overdue. I hope that you enjoy the show!
(a) ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation, 2015.
(b) The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States: A National Legacy at Risk in the Digital Age, Council on Library and Information Resources and The Library of Congress, 2010.
Historical note: Speaking of history (that is also at long-term risk — how long will links last?), this is indeed show number 250 (!), corresponding with almost 10 years of programming. To honor these dual events, I’ll be interviewing Lawrence Lessig on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, “live” in Greensboro, NC at Elon Law. Grateful to have reached this point; more soon!