Why I Won’t Be Using The Word Archive Anymore

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

A segment on a recent episode of Radiolab discussed the work of experimental music composer William Basinski. As one line of exploration in the past, Basinski took classical or Muzak-type recordings, dubbed short sections of them and applied various distortions such as adjusting tape speed, and then

AVPS Joins NYPR at Digital Asset Symposium

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

AudioVisual Preservation Solutions Senior Consultant Kara Van Malssen will be speaking with New York Public Radio/WNYC Archive Manager John Passmore this Friday at the 2011 Association of Moving Image Archivists Digital Asset Symposium in Hollywood, CA. The Symposium provides a non-judgmental space

Speed Trap at the Crossroads

Monday, July 19th, 2010

The rumor stops short of claiming that William Shakespeare was the producer on all of the recordings (or should that be that there is absolutely no way Shakespeare could have produced all of them), but the content-hungry nature of the internet demands that such attention-grabbing statements receive attention.

Gettin’ Trashed

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Ah, Memorial Day Weekend — the traditional beginning to the marketing of summer. In New York this means one thing: the city will now be overwhelmed by the invasive stench of garbage being baked and steamed by the heat and humidity.

Can Choosing the Wrong Video Format Cause Bodily Harm?

Friday, February 26th, 2010

And I thought audiovisual archivists were the only ones who got that heated up about choosing formats!

Collective Individualism

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

We chose to tell success stories because there seems to be plenty of focus on the opposite as people get caught up in the list of problems laid out ahead, almost inversing the old quote about success having a thousand fathers. Making people aware of the challenges faced in media archiving has its place in garnering support, but maintaining that backing and further encouraging its growth means showing the positive results of support.

Library of Congress Releases 2009 National Film Registry

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

While you were busy comparison shopping between a Kindle and a Nook this past month, paper books were still being published, including Daniel Eagan’s America‚Äôs Film Legacy: The […]

Everything, Everywhere

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Despite the sometimes rustiness or lower energy of the performers, the music is undeniably good and the audience energy is always buzzing from that. However, the program and Schaefer’s follow up blog post (linked above) touch on two wider cultural issues: Why does the audience for a revived musical genre form when and in the makeup it does, and do we really need to preserve every little bit of cultural production?

Andy Lanset of WNYC Honored by NYART

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Andy’s well deserved honor reminds us of the multi-faceted aspects of being an archivist.