Internet Archive: Boston Public Library’s 78rpm Records Come to the Internet: Reformatting the Boston Public Library Sound Archives. “Following eighteen months of work, more than 50,000 78rpm record ‘sides’ from the Boston Public Library’s sound archives have now been digitized and made freely available online by the Internet Archive.” I listened to a Cab Calloway song from 1946 (“Hey Now, Hey Now” if you care) and while it did have pops and crackles I was surprised at how good the sound quality was.
Library of Congress: New National Recording Registry Class Is “Superfly”. “The classic radio western ‘Gunsmoke’; Ritchie Valens’ groundbreaking 1958 sensation ‘La Bamba’; Sam & Dave’s 1967 hit single ‘Soul Man’; the revolutionary 1968 Broadway musical ‘Hair’; and Neil Diamond’s 1969 ‘Sweet Caroline,’ which became a popular sports anthem, are the newest recordings inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these and 20 other recordings as aural treasures worthy of preservation because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage.”
BrandeisNOW: Artificial intelligence meets WGBH’s archives. “WGBH Boston is one of the nation’s most celebrated public television and radio stations, a top producer of blockbuster programming. Over the decades, its prodigious output has created an equally sizable problem. How to keep track of the roughly 400,000 audio, video and film recordings in its archives?”
BBC: MySpace admits losing 12 years’ worth of music uploads. “MySpace, one of the first online social networks, has apologised after a server migration caused a huge loss of data. A message on its website says that ‘any photos, videos and audio files’ uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available.”
The Journal (Ireland): RTÉ wants to digitally archive 20,000 tapes of its radio programmes between 1988 and 2008. RTÉ stands for Raidió Teilifís Éireann. The company does Ireland television and radio. “It said that these recordings were created between 1988 and 2008, and contain a mixture of studio and field recordings that were originally produced for radio programming. The tapes RTÉ has on file, however, do vary in quality and duration.”
Hawaii Tribune-Herald: Hawaiian voices: Digital repository features collection of native speakers. “The voices of Hawaii’s past will be preserved for the Hawaiian language’s future, thanks to the launch last week of a new spoken-language digital repository. The first such repository of the language spoken by native speakers — Kani‘aina, ‘Voices of the Land’ — is a collaboration between the University of Hawaii’s Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikolani College of Hawaiian Language, digital library and archiving specialists at the UH-Manoa’s Department of Linguistics and Kaipuleohone UH Digital Language Archive.”
MakeUseOf: The Best Free Audio Editing Software . “Editing audio can be a challenging task. Seemingly simple tasks may hide behind layers of abstraction, and with some audio editing software costing upwards of $1,000, it’s easy to get flustered. Luckily, there are different kinds of audio editor to suit each user. Not only that, but so many of them are free that there is likely a wallet-saving solution out there for you. This article covers the best free audio editing software available right now.”