The Outreach Committee of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections
(ARSC) posts the following message.


Please join us for the 53rd annual ARSC conference, May 8-11, 2019. The
conference programs will take place at The Benson, an historic hotel in
downtown Portland, Oregon, which is within striking distance of several of
the city's many record stores and Powell's City of Books.

April 12 is the deadline to reserve a room at The Benson at the special
conference rate. We recommend booking as soon as possible, since the ARSC
room block may be sold out prior to the deadline. Please also note that the
guest amenity fee of $25 listed on other websites DOES NOT APPLY to the ARSC
group rate. To avoid this fee, you must make your reservation by phone or
online using the link on the ARSC conference website.

For more information about the hotel, room rates, and reservations:

April 19 is the deadline for discounted rates for conference registration.
After that date, registration fees increase.

For online registration:

April 19 is also the deadline for discounted rates for the May 8
pre-conference workshop, "All Things Digital: Digital Audio Workstation
Basics." The full-day, hands-on workshop will give attendees a practical
overview of digital audio workstation use for archival applications.

For a complete description of the workshop:

For the updated preliminary schedule:

Conference presentation abstracts are now available:

First-time attendees are invited to attend a Newcomer Orientation and
participate in the Conference Mentoring Program during the ARSC Conference.
Sign up here:

Conference program highlights include:

-- Opening Plenary Session, "The Music Modernization Act and You: Discussion
and Celebration" featuring Tim Brooks, Eric J. Harbeson, and the Internet
Archive's Brewster Kahle and Derek Fukumori.

-- "Recent Developments in Audio Retrieval via Optical Methods," featuring
an international panel of experts.

-- Pacific Northwest-related presentations on The Wailers; Mel Blanc; Phil
Moore; radio stations KBOO and KEXP; "Scandihoovian" dialect singers;
Portland's DIY punk scene (featuring Mike Lastra); music of Alaskan Interior
Athabaskan communities; plus noted Oregon collector John Tefteller on rare
radio recordings by Laurel & Hardy.

-- Topical sessions touch upon the Black Swan label; Mahalia Jackson; The
Nat Turner Rebellion; Roosevelt Sykes; Twin-Six guitarist Jack Penewell;
recordings of concert spirituals; rare recordings of Mahatma Gandhi; the
roots of the folk music revival; Yiddish audio collections; and the WBAI
show "Radio Unnameable."

-- Other technical sessions include a discussion on how to leverage mass
digitization projects; the preservation and playback of lacquer discs; using
PBCore metadata; and recent developments in the transfer of wire, Dictabelt,
and Magnabelt recordings.

-- Evening sessions open to the general public, with no admission, include:
Thursday: "Ask the Technical Committee" and "Q&A with Discog's Kevin
Lewandowski" (tentative).
Friday: Collectors' Roundtable, where local collectors are invited to bring
a crate of records they would like to sell or trade, and/or a record or two
for discussion (a turntable will be provided).

On Thursday, the Women in Recorded Sound Social will take place from 5:30
p.m.-7:00 p.m. (location TBA; attendees pay their own tab).

Last, but not least, please consider making a donation to the ARSC Silent
Details are here:

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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