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One of many open reel tapes at Stanford from the John C. Lilly papers

Part of audio preservation work includes working with media that has peculiar characteristics. Sometimes the atypical qualities are a byproduct of how the recording was made by the recordist. An example of this type of problem that we occasionally see at the Stanford Media Preservation Lab is when an open reel tape is recorded over and there is remaining content hidden in certain spots of the tape. This presents specific problems in capture since tape heads are built for use with specific physical configurations of tracks and thus capturing the hidden spots outside of the normal range of track configuration is near impossible. With this in mind SMPL recently worked on obtaining equipment to address this challenging scenario.

For your browsing pleasure, here are the Spring 2016 highlights of newly acquired collections available at the Archive of Recorded Sound.

Breviary, with neumes. Detail from Stanford Digital Repository.

These titles have recently been added to the Music Library Reference Room.  In no particular order:

 

Historical dictionary of the Broadway musical / William A. Everett, Paul R. Laird.

Bibliothecae apostolicae vaticanae corpus manuscriptorum musicalium / curantibus Rita Andolina, Susanna Greco. Vol. 2::1-4. Catalogo ragionato delle composizioni di Lorenzo Perosi (1872-1956) : con esempi musicali originali / Arturo Sacchetti. 

International who's who in classical music. 31st ed. (2015)

International who's who in popular music. 17th ed. (2015)