ReviewGeek: Everything You Need to Convert Your Cassette Tapes to Digital. “Like all analog formats, cassette tapes decay over time. In fact, it’s likely yours have already lost some fidelity. If you want to save those old mixtapes and home recordings, it’s best to digitize them right away. Thankfully, this is an easy process. You don’t have to be a computer whiz or an audiophile to follow this simple guide. And you shouldn’t have to spend any more than $25 on this project (it’ll probably cost even less).”
EGM: The Uncertain Future of Video Game History. “In April 2015, P.T. became the most high-profile casualty of digital distribution in recent memory. Released in August 2014 as a PlayStation 4 exclusive ‘playable teaser’ for Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro’s Silent Hills, P.T. became a phenomenon in its own right. Critics showered the brief horror experience with accolades, and YouTubers churned out hundreds of reaction videos. Then, in the wake of a highly public falling out between Kojima and Konami, the publisher cancelled Silent Hills and eventually removed P.T. from the PlayStation Store. Players who didn’t already have a copy downloaded to their consoles lost access to the title forever.” Fascinating deep dive.
Iowa City Press-Citizen: University of Iowa museums and library working together to preserve the past. “‘Most people don’t realize that museums display 10 percent or less of their holdings,’ said Cindy Opitz, director of research collections with the UI. ‘We have a lot of research collections behind the scenes that aren’t on display.’ This year, both UI Libraries and Museum of Natural History have received grant money from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs to help preserve the past and make its study as accessible as possible.”
ABC News (Australia): Decades of history could be ‘erased from Australia’s memory’ as tape machines disappear, archivists warn. “Australia’s memory institutions are racing to digitise their magnetic tape collections before the year 2025, when archivists around the world expect it will become almost impossible to find working tape playback machines.”
The Verge: Newly recovered Ground Zero photos show why you should back up your CD-Rs now. “When comedian and activist Jon Stewart gave an impassioned speech before Congress to seek ongoing aid for 9/11 first responders, it inspired Internet Archive software curator and digital preservationist Jason Scott to share something timely with the world as well: a newly discovered cache of photos from one of the workers who toiled away at Ground Zero, and who’d saved thousands of those photos on CD-R.”
Dublin InQuirer: How a Butcher Amassed a Photo Archive for East Wall. “Each of the seven folders holds about a hundred prints. The collection began with a few photos, rescued from a skip around the corner, says Paddy Curtis, in his East Wall butchers’ shop last week.” This is a wonderful story. Please read it.
University of California at Santa Cruz: Library awarded grant to digitize 670 tapes from Cabrillo Music Festival. “UC Santa Cruz has received a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to digitize 670 audio recordings featuring a wide variety of works performed at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music from 1964 to 1990.” The project is expected to be complete by April of next year. There wasn’t too much about the festival itself in this announcement from UC Santa Cruz, but apparently it’s a festival for contemporary symphonic music..