WILL THE WORLD’S MUSIC ARCHIVES BE LOST?
A CRISIS WORSE THAN THE FILM ARCHIVE CRISIS
THE PREDICAMENT OF THE WORLD’S GREAT SERIOUS RECORDING ARCHIV
©2007 Mark B. Anstendig
The Anstendig Institute has heard breathtaking news about the Juilliard School of Music’s recording department. That important recording department in the world’s leading music school, and all other serious archives, that have rightly used the best, safest, recording medium over the last decades, are faced with a crisis far worse than even that of the film industry. But the film industry has recognized their crisis and done something about it for decades now! They at least have acquired large funding and have seen to it that adequate machines exist to play and transfer their fading and disintegrating archives.
Not only is the Juilliard recording department, as well as similar departments around the world and all other high quality analog archives, faced with disintegrating tapes, but it is also waking up and finding that, even if it now starts doing something about it, its remaining machines will not last long enough to transfer more than a small percentage of its archives unless someone gets some manufacturer to supply more such machines, as well as tapes. And it does not even have another recording medium to which to transfer the archives.
1) The world’s great sound recording archives no longer can get the machines to play their recordings.
Somewhere, somehow, some people have finally to step up and start doing something universal about this. As the leading music-training institution of the world, no place has more obligation to do that than The Juilliard School of Music. But all other such institutions are just as obligated, and the rest of the world should also wake up and try to solve this problem.
The Anstendig Institute is a non-profit, tax-exempt, research institute that was founded to investigate stress-producing vibrational influences in our lives and to pursue research in the fields of sight and sound; to provide material designed to help the public become aware of and understand stressful vibrational influences; to instruct the public in how to improve the quality of those influences in their lives; and to provide the research and explanations that are necessary for an understanding of how we see and hear.