This is gorgeous.
"a coming of age masterpiece"
Oh! I can’t wait to see this. I really hope it plays in Switzerland sooner than later.
In 2013, the Northeast Document Conservation Center was awarded a $250,000 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop, test, and demonstrate a new digital reformatting service for early audio recordings on grooved media using IRENE (above), a system developed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and successfully tested at the Library of Congress. [more]
The idea for IRENE was conceived when Carl Haber and Vitaliy Fadeyev, scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, heard Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart discuss on a radio program the loss of cultural heritage through the chemical breakdown of recordings. [more]
Why, they wondered, couldn’t we just make high-resolution images of a disc and use the pictures to extract the data embedded in the grooves? Why couldn’t software then convert that data into sound?
Haber and Fadayev experimented with the idea over 2003 and ’04. Eventually, a workable system was born and named IRENE – after the first record from which they managed to extract sound, “Goodnight, Irene” by the Weavers.
(The name then was reverse-engineered into an acronym: “Image, Reconstruct, Erase Noise, Etc.”)
With IRENE, a light shined onto a disc or cylinder reflects into a high-resolution camera mounted overhead. The camera makes images of the lateral motion of the groove – more than 2 million images for a typical 78 rpm recording. Software analyzes the motion of the grooves shown in those images, then converts the data into sound.
The system also helps preserve fragile historic material: Because a camera reads the grooves of a recording, the delicate discs are spared the wear inflicted by repeated physical contact of a stylus. [more]
Up - Right Said Fred
I can finally take this off of my Discogs wish list (for real). Dreams do come true when your honey is a major record nerd.Also, this album is more annoying than I remember it being when I was 12.
Age of Consent - Bronski Beat
A gift from my husband - he was quite excited to give this one to me!
It’s National Library Week!
Remember being this excited to check out a book? (Maybe you still are.)
From “The Day the Books Went Blank”, a 1961 educational film intended to show the importance of maintaining quality libraries, from The Library Extension Agencies of the six New England States.
The theme of this year’s National Library Week is “Lives Change.” How has a library, or librarian, changed your life?