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2015 Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Conference
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5/27/2015 to 5/30/2015
When: 5/27/2015
Where: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
United States

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The 49th annual ARSC Conference will be held May 27-30, 2015 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The conference is hosted by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

The city offers many attractions including the Carnegie Science Center, Heinz History Center, Duquesne Incline, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, National Aviary, Bayernhof Music Museum, and the Frick Art and Historical Center. Historic Kennywood amusement park is about a 35-minute drive from the hotel. For distinctive local flavor, Pittsburgh's historic Strip District, named for its narrow confines between the Allegheny River and Grant's Hill, is just one mile from the hotel. Great cultural offerings found here include the famous Saturday Farmers Market, plus intriguing ethnic and specialty shopping, and tempting local cuisine.

Register early and save! Full conference registration postmarked by May 6 is $160 for ARSC members, $185 for non-members, $75 for student members, and $85 for non-member students. Single-day registration is also available.

For online registration:

For further details about the conference:

For general information about the conference, contact Brenda Nelson-Strauss, Conference Manager:

To discuss or arrange sponsorship, exhibits, or advertising, contact Curtis Peoples, Assistant Conference Manager:


ARSC is dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings -- in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. Reflecting this broad mission, the upcoming conference offers talks and sessions that will appeal to both professionals and collectors.

Scheduled presentations include:

  • Marty Ashby: Jazz in Pittsburgh
  • Bill Doggett: Billy Strayhorn: A Portrait of an Iconic Pittsburgh Native Son
  • Dennis D. Rooney: Early Years and Reiner/PSO Columbia Recordings
  • Susan Hooyenga: Sound Directions at Indiana University: What Exactly Did We Preserve?
  • Marcos Sueiro Bal: Factors in Audio Extraction
  • Brewster Kahle: Building Shared Music Libraries
  • Brian Harnetty: Archival Ethnography and the Berea Appalachian Sound Archives
  • David Giovannoni, Rebecca Feynberg, John Levin, and Nicholas Bergh: Recent Developments in Cylinder Audio Preservation
  • Chris Lacinak, Mike Casey, & Patrick Feaster: New Developments & Applications for Surveying & Inventorying Collections
  • Ward Marston & George Blood: Art & Science of Speed & Stylus Size in Acoustic Recordings
  • George Blood: You Know You Want It: An Introduction to Quality Control, Assurance, & Testing
  • Peter Alyea: The IRENE System
  • Tim Brooks: Copyright Update
  • Sam Brylawski: ARSC Guides the Way: Fulfilling the Recommendations of the National Recording Preservation Plan

On Thursday evening, music film historian Mark Cantor is thrilled to present a program of performance clips highlighting new film discoveries and restorations, as well as films featuring musicians active on the Pittsburgh music scene. Mark is the curator of the Celluloid Improvisations Music Film Archive, one of the nation’s largest collections of 16mm films that focuses on American popular music and dance.

Many of the films that will be shared in the ARSC presentation have not been screened in years, if not decades. While the focus will be jazz, other genres of music -- country music and Western Swing, blues, vaudeville, jazz dance, and pop -- will also be generously represented.

On Friday evening, be sure to bring your technical questions to “Ask the Technical Committee.”

The preliminary conference schedule (subject to change) can be viewed at


Your archive or library has an important collection of audio recordings, and you've come up with a project to process it. You're thinking of writing a grant to help fund the project, but you're not sure how to begin.

On May 27, the Education and Training Committee is presenting a pre-conference workshop that will help you find answers to all your questions. This day-long workshop can help you understand and find your way through the complicated and complex world of writing grant proposals and completing a grant-funded project. The workshop includes an afternoon tour of The MediaPreserve. Bus transportation will be provided.

ARSC is offering this workshop in a live-streaming, online version for those who are unable to attend in person. An archived version will be made available to all registrants, for a limited time.

A separate registration fee applies for the workshop. The in-person workshop is limited to 50 participants. For more information, see or contact Karen Fishman,, or Aaron Bittel,


On May 27, the ARSC Technical Committee presents its Audiotape Playback Workshop. Do you deal with analog reel-to-reel tape? This hands-on workshop will get you rolling on best practices related to audiotape handling, identification, and playback. A lecture on the history and principles of magnetic recording will cover the theoretical basis. A hands-on session with experienced engineers will show you how to identify and play back audio tape on the beautiful Studer decks at The MediaPreserve. New this year: Advanced techniques in our “Experts’ Room.” This workshop is limited to 16 participants.

A separate registration fee applies for the workshop. For more information, see or contact Marcos Sueiro Bal, Technical Committee Co-Chair:


ARSC invites first-time conference attendees and conference veterans to participate in the Conference Mentoring Program during the conference. The program pairs newcomers with long-time members, based on their shared interests. Mentors provide mentees with an orientation to the conference, the association, and its participants in informal meetings over the course of the conference.

Please note: Only ARSC veterans who are committed to the mentoring program should volunteer.

Mentors and mentees must be able to attend the newcomer orientation and welcoming gathering on May 27, 6:30-7 p.m.

For more information, visit or contact Sara Velez:


The conference will conclude on Saturday evening with the annual Awards Banquet, preceded by a Happy Hour. Winners of the 2014 ARSC Awards for Excellence, the 2015 Lifetime Achievement and Distinguished Service awards, and the finalists for the 2015 Awards for Excellence will be honored.

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings—in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals—everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound.

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