Why Do We Look Past The Complexities – And Shortcomings – of Film?

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Media preservation is an imperfect art. In the end, it is about maintaining a faithfulness to the original image/signal/presentation, within the confines of what is possible as impacted by condition of the original, existing technology, desired use, and (shhh) budget. There are options for reformatt

Archives Don’t Matter

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

…But Archival Environments Do

Admittedly, when I foreswore the word ‘archive’ I offered no realistic (or unrealistic) alternative. The great benefit (and the great detriment) of such philosophical arguments is that one needn’t provide conclusive answers to one’s musings — nor, apparently, firs

What Makes a Collection Unhidden?

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

It’s very easy to make a collection hidden. Much too easy. If you can ingest a collection, you can hide it. In fact, that’s probably what you do. We don’t even have to delve into backlogs (I mean yes, we must, but here, conceptually, we needn’t just now); being hidden is the default status of an acq

Is There A Right Time to Let Go of Original Materials

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Film is dead. Again. Or still. Or will be soon. It’s difficult to tell where exactly film is in the continuum from bloody-phlegm-coughed-up-in-a-handkerchief to too-far-gone-to-be-a-threatening-zombie. The tendency in the technological age is to declare the end of X and move on to Y before one (or

Azimuth Adjustment for Magnetic Audio Recordings

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Azimuth Adjustment for Magnetic Audio Recordings
By Audrey Young and Peter Oleksik

In magnetic audio tape recording, azimuth refers to the measure of the angle between the tape heads and the physical tape itself, the ideal being a perfectly perpendicular 90º. The audio signal is recorded ont

My Mistress’ Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

This dichotomous education either makes me very well-rounded or extremely useless.