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Saving the audio-visual legacy of American academic research… Start the triage.

posted April 3, 2015

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It's looking unlikely that more than a small percentage of the deteriorating audio-visual legacy of American academic research is going to be saved. Colleges, universities, and research institutions may provide a good test case of how the challenges of sifting and salvation could play out. Triage seems likely to be the order of the day.

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The First Queen of Celebrity Gossip: Rona Barrett

posted April 1, 2015

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Reelin' in the Years, a San Diego-based footage-licensing company, dusts off Rona Barrett's Hollywood interviews; those join the archives of David Frost and the Merv Griffin Show in the company's offerings, along with the music footage that was formerly Reelin's focus. More archive additions are on the way.

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Twenty Five Recordings Named American Treasures

posted March 26, 2015

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The US Library of Congress has announced this year’s 25 additions to its National Recording Registry, bringing the number of recordings on the listing of the country's key recordings to 425. The Registry serves to remind Americans that sound recordings, like audio-visual ones, require careful preservation, and that they’re something to marvel at and cherish.

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Songs from Over the Top

posted March 4, 2015

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Jayson Beaster-Jones argues that critics have barely noticed “perhaps the most distinctive feature of any Indian film: its songs,” and most glaring has been the “minimal, if any, discussion of musical sounds or the people who create these sounds.” He explains what has been missed.

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The Task and Art of Restoring Sound on “Ornette”

posted February 25, 2015

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A project like the restoration of Shirley Clarke's portrait of jazz iconoclast Ornette Coleman – her 1986 film "Ornette: Made in America" — can hardly succeed if its visual appeal is not matched by sparkling audio. John Polito of Audio Mechanics, in Burbank, Calif., explains what he did to the soundtrack.

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Shirley Clarke Makes the Connection with Jason & Ornette

posted February 22, 2015

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Shirley Clarke suffered the neglect and disparagement that many great innovators do. But Milestone Films, the vaunted Brooklyn-based restoration and reissue company, has teamed up with various partners to produce restored prints — and now consumer DVDs and Blu-rays — of most of Clarke’s films.

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Collections Worth Seeing, Hidden in Plain Sight

posted January 9, 2015

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“Hidden collections” — specialized caches of many varieties — are being cataloged around the United States with grants from the Council on Library and Information Resources, a collections-support organization that has now begun a new grant cycle to enable archives to make digital replicas so the "hidden" collections can be more readily shared with researchers and the general public.

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