Blog topic: Sound recordings

Piano roll scanner update

April 10, 2017
by Jerry L McBride

It has been some time since there has been a report on the Player Piano Project, but there has been a great deal of activity toward the design and construction of a piano roll scanner. We are working with Anthony Robinson in England who is a player piano enthusiast and the designer of a roll scanner which we believe is one of the best scanners in operation to date. Anthony graciously and generously agreed to work with us to create a scanner that would handle scanning large numbers of rolls easily and efficiently.

New shelving in ARS

April 5, 2017
by Frank Ferko

At long last, the Archive of Recorded Sound will receive some much-needed new shelving, and the installation work will begin this summer with preparatory shifting of archival materials beginning on May 1st.  During the summer and fall much of the old shelving will be removed and new shelving will be installed.  The project is scheduled for completion in December.

Tune in, turn on, and...

January 31, 2017
by Ray Heigemeir

…drop by the Music Library to view seminal albums from the Summer of Love! LPs include works by the Jefferson Airplane, the Mamas & the Papas, the Grateful Dead, the Doors, and Big Brother & the Holding Company.

Medici.tv has a brand new look

December 2, 2016
by Ray Heigemeir

Medici.tv just unveiled a sleek new interface for institutional subscribers. If you haven’t yet tried this classical music streaming video database, I encourage you to check it out now.

The medici.tv database includes

  • 3,000 musical works captured from the 1940’s to the present day
  • 1,700 films including concerts, ballets, operas, documentaries, and master classes
  • Over 100 live events broadcast every year from the most prestigious concert halls and classical music festivals, including exclusive live-streamed events
Moody black and white photo of Weldon Kees sitting in chair

Disappeared poet Weldon Kees surfaces in San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation collection

November 30, 2016
by Erin L. Hurley

Weldon Kees was unknown to me when I started processing the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation collection about three months ago.  In photographs, Kees has dark hair combed neatly to one side, a matching moustache, and an intense gaze.  He was most often photographed wearing a tweed suit with a sweater vest and tie and holding a cigarette. He dabbled in a number of things (among them: Communism, novel-writing, Abstract Expressionist painting, psychotherapy) but, over time, it has become clear that Kees best made a name for himself through poetry.

Music exhibit about Mario Paci in Shanghai

November 14, 2016
by Jerry L McBride

On October 14, the exhibit, “Mario Paci and Music Culture in Shanghai: A Special Exhibition in Commemoration of Mario Paci,” opened at Shanghai Symphony Hall to commemorate 70 years since the death of the Symphony’s revered founding conductor. The exhibit is a collaborative project between the Stanford University Libraries, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

An interdisciplinary solution to sound recording preservation

September 22, 2016
by Nathan Coy

Earlier this year the Stanford Media Preservation Lab and Conservation Lab were tasked with figuring out how to playback severely warped paper based disc sound recordings. The recordings in question are from a three disc set titled Man-Talk by Three Great Western Stars and each one-sided disc in the set features a single monologue by John Wayne, Bill Elliott, or Johnny Mack Brown.

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