Wednesday, November 12, 2014 7:00 PM
Recovering and Preserving Sound Images: An Encounter with IRENE
Library of Congress
James Madison Building, Room LM SB-27
Meet in the Madison Building lobby. Attendees will be escorted from there to the IRENE studio
Presenter: Peter Alyea, Digital Conservation Specialist, Preservation Reformatting Division
This is the system you may have read about that (short explanation) takes a high resolution digital picture of a phonograph record’s grooves, and then performs what amounts to a Fourier analysis of the groove waveform to convert the squiggles to audio. Developed in collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the IRENE System images historical recordings and reconstructs the sound from those images. Peter Alyea demonstrates how this new technology has given voice to previously inaccessible sound recordings.
Tickets are required for this event. Get them from TicketMaster. Tickets are free, but the service charge is $3.
This is a Library of Congress presentation.
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Saturday, November 15 – A tour of the Library of Congress’ National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC) in Culpepper, VA.
The state-of-the-art NAVCC facility houses the entire non-print media collection from the Library’s Motion Picture, Broadcasting & Recorded Sound division. The collection includes items from the beginning of film, recorded sound, and video up to the present. The campus includes underground climate-controlled storage facilities for the nearly 6.2 million items in the collection, including blast-proof vaults for notrate and cold storage for film, video and audio recordings of virtually every format. You will also see the facilities used to convert the recordings to digital files, including the SAMMA media conversion systems, Pyramix audio conversion systems, and Datacine film telecine.
Speakers will include James Snyder, Senior Systems Administrator and one of the design engineers for the technical plant; Scott Rife, Enterprise IT Administrator; and other NAVCC staff.
Social & Networking: 12:00pm
Meeting begins: 1:00pm
Refreshment break and tours: after meeting
Event should end about 5:00pm
Library of Congress
National Audio-Visual Conservation Center
19053 Mount Pony Rd
Culpeper, VA 22701-7551
RSVP is requested for this event! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 11/13. Last minute show-ups may be accommodated, but no promises.
Participants may also attend the NAVCC’s regular 7:30pm public film screening in the fabulous 1920s movie-palace-inspired theater. Tonight’s selections will be a double-feature of “In Name Only”, with Cary Grant and Carol Lombard, and “Bachelor Mother” with Ginger Rogers and David Niven.
Separate reservations required: http://www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater
Official meeting notice:
What the NAVCC’s Packard Campus facility is all about, including directions to the facility:
This event is sponsored jointly by the DC chapters of AES and SMPTE and is free.