Exiftool Tutorial Series
Four-part series of videos created by AudioVisual Preservation Solutions geared toward improving digital preservation workflows but also applicable to other audio applications.
A Look Inside the National Jukebox
In May 2013, the staff-led Packard Campus Institute (PCI) hosted a presentation on the National Jukebox by Gene DeAnna, Head of the Recorded Sound Section at the Library of Congress. In his presentation, Gene showcases several recordings and demonstrates the various features designed to encourage exploration of this amazing trove of recordings. The presentation below is an edited version of a talk delivered to Library staff as part of the Packard Campus Institute (PCI) ongoing lecture series.
Preserving Audio Cylinders: From Edison to the Archeophone
Article and videos pertaining to the background, formats and digitization/preservation of cylinders.
The Lingering Legacy of Common Law Copyright
In mid-2016, George Washington University School of Law professor Zvi Rosen spoke at the Library of Congress's Packard campus on the topic of "The Lingering Legacy of Common Law Copyright."
Copyright protection for sound recordings was a source of confusion for the better part of the 20th century, until Congress federalized protection for these sound recordings in the 70s--but only for sound recordings made from 1972 forward. Recordings made before then continue to be protected by a patchwork of state law protections, most notably the otherwise-extinct doctrine of common law copyright. Although the doctrine of common law copyright is centuries old, basic questions like whether it includes a right of public performance have not been debated extensively since the 19th century.
In this talk, Professor Rosen will explore how the jurisprudence of common law copyright is more fully fleshed out than many assume and is in certain ways a broader bundle of rights than statutory copyright. Although the Copyright Office has recommended federalization of protection for pre-1972 sound recordings, that has not happened yet, and this talk aims to shed light on the dinosaur of a doctrine that governs IP worth billions.
Designing a Quality Audio Suite
A How-To Video about the audio suites at the Library of Congress's Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation.
- The Columbia Recordings of Fritz Reiner and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 1940-1947 External
- ARSC NY Chapter Meeting, May 2014: Panel discussion on digitizing analog audio External
- An Evening at the New York Philharmonic Archives External
- "The Two Gary's" - Part I: Gary Galo discusses Lauritz Melchior External
- "The Two Gary's" - Part 2: Gary Thalheimer on German singers in Verdi roles External
- "Forgotten Crooner: The Extraordinary and Short-Lived Career of Russ Columbo" External
- "The Legacy of Funnyman 'Ragtime Bob' Roberts" Presented by David N. Lewis and Rebecca Forste External
- "How Bob Wills and His Friends Made Western Movies Swing" Presented by Matthew Barton External
- "Sixty Years of the Vocal Record Collectors Society" Moderated by Joe Pearce and Seth Winner External
- Joe Patrych and Jon M. Samuels present, "A Centennial Tribute to Jorge Bolet" External
- KHJ'S 1969 "History of Rock and Roll" Presented by Matthew Barton External
- "The Broadcast That Never Happened" Hosted by Robert Auld External
- Uncommon Encores of the Great Pianists Presented by Donald Manildi External
- ARSC stereo controversy External
- ARSC NY Chapter Meeting, June 2014: Vince Giordano discusses music from Boardwalk Empire External
- "Getting Back to the Source (or as close as possible)" presented by Seth Winner External
- The Art of Recording the Big Band Presented by Robert Auld External
- Bill Doggett Lecture: Billy Strayhorn Centennial ARSC Conf May 30 2015 External
- For the Record- Association for Recorded Sound Collections External
- Wax Cylinder Recording at US Library of Congress | AES AAP&R 2018 External
- 2018 AES Conference Highlights External
- Archiving & Restoring Audio at the US Library of Congress External
The Life of an Audio Engineer at the Library of Congress
Bryan Hoffa, an audio engineer at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus, who spends his days working to preserve audio, espouses on all that that entails.