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Conference 2005 - Provisional Program

"Sound Ecology - Saving our Sound Environments"
Christchurch, New Zealand
29 June to 1 July 2005

Conference to be held at: "Our City O-Tautahi",
Corner Worcester St and Oxford Terrace, Christchurch, New Zealand

Wednesday, 29th June, 2005

8.00 Registration

9.15 Mihi Whakatau

The conference will commence with a a Mihi Whakatau, a welcome to all conference delegates, speakers and visitors by the local Maori community.

Welcome and Official Opening ASRA President Kevin Bradley

9.30 Keynote Address

  • John Cousins - "Sonic Art as a Carrier of Family History"

10.30 Morning Tea

11.00 Sound and Criticism

  • Dr Jeff Brownrigg - "Trans-Tasman Critiques: musical criticism of C N Baeyertz and the Triad"
  • Other papers TBC.

12.30 Lunch

2.00 Sound and Place

  • Chris Cree Brown - "A Composer's interface with two Sound Worlds"
  • Gareth Watkins & Roger Smith - "Douglas Lilburn - The Landscape of a New Zealand Composer"
  • Roger Buckton - "The music and dance of a Bohemian village in Australasia at the turn of the 20th Century"

3.30 Afternoon Tea

4.00 Tram ride with acoustic environment from the conference venue

5.30 A New Melba? Amy Castles, Sectarianism and Singing by Jeff Brownrigg

  • Book Launch, published by Crossing Press, Sydney
  • Celebrate this publication with NZ and Australian wines.

Jeff Brownrigg's long awaited book about the life and career of Amy Castles will be released at the Conference in New Zealand. ASRA members have listened to accounts of the progress of the research for this book for 20 years, so it is fitting that it should be launched at an ASRA Conference. The book is about sectarianism and singing and Australia's anxiety that, after having missed the quality of Nellie Melba's voice and character before she went away to Europe, the arrival of a 'new Melba' would be heralded with generous support. It was a determination made before Amy had undertaken significant training and before she had been tested in the sorts of venues that Melba had conquered in the years leading up to what was sometimes promoted as a miraculous discovery. The book is substantial and lavishly illustrated.

7.00 Close

Thursday, 30th June, 2005

9.00 Sustainable Digital Infrastructure

Chair: Judith Fyfe

  • Penny Carnaby - "Australian-NZ Partnerships"
  • Kevin Bradley - "Sound sustainability, Sound Archives in University Repositories"
  • Linda Barwick - "PARADISEC and other University repositories of qualitative research data in the humanities"

10.45 Morning Tea

11.15 Alice Moyle Lecture

  • Chair: Bronwyn Officer
  • Kevin Bradley - "In memory of Dr Alice Moyle"
  • Rangiiria Hedley - "Taonga Puoro, a paper on traditional Maori musical instruments"

12.30 Lunch

1.30 Tour to Radio Ferrymead the world class Dini phonograph collection.

A chance to view the world class Dini collection. The collection includes early European musical boxes of the 1800's through to early piano accordions, paper roll organettes and graphophones to transportable gramophones and the larger gramophones of the 1900's. The collection has been restored to working order by Mr Dini and is the largest collection of its kind in New Zealand. It is world class in both size and importance.

W.S.Dini began his collection of recording and musical instruments in 1965. He died in 1980. His collection is housed at The Ferrymead Heritage Park in the Museum of Sound and Radio, Heathcote, Christchurch.

3.30 ASRA Annual General Meeting.

  • Agenda to be distributed.

6.30 Pre dinner drinks, entertainment and Conference Dinner

Entertainment from 6.30pm with the "folk musicians" at Radio NZ Christchurch, the home of Sound Archives. Refreshments available courtesy of Radio NZ. Tours of the Archives available. Then short walk to the Town Hall for dinner.

  • 3 course sit down dinner at 8 pm.
    Includes tea and coffee. Alcohol extra.
  • Chair: TBA

Friday, 1st July, 2005

Preserving our sound treasures, Ahakoa he iti, he taonga

8.00 Registration

9.00 ASRA and NOHANZ Welcome

9.10 Introduction - The Principles of Sound Preservation

Kevin Bradley, "'Soundspeak' terminology and principles explained"

  • Standards, an Introduction to Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects K. Bradley ed (2004). IASA TC 04 Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects. G. Brock-Nannestad, M. Davies, L. Gaustad et al, International Association of Sound and AudioVisual Archives (IASA)

10.00 Field Recording Technology

  • Shelly Grant, "A discussion of the evaluation of hard disc and flash card recorders for use in oral history and other field recording situations"
  • 10.30 Morning Tea

11.00 Workflows and Digital Preservation Practices

  • Panel Discussion: Bronwyn Officer (chair), Shelly Grant, Greg Moss, Gerard Kliest.
  • "From gathering to archiving - practical advice for oral historians and other sound archivists."

11.30 Replay Speeds

  • Jeff Brownrigg, "Record Speeds and Re-release: change the replay speed, change the performance?"
  • This paper will examine the release on CD of early recordings where changes of the playback alter pitch and hence the nature (truth) of the original recorded performance when it is played at the correct speed.

12.00 Transfer of old Audio (digitisation)

  • Kevin Bradley, "Optimisation of the tape transfer process to digital storage formats"
  • John Kelcher, "Optimisation of the disc transfer process to digital storage formats"
  • Matthew Davies, "Optimisation of the digital transfer process to storage formats"

12.45 Lunch

1.45 Storage and Access Technology 

  • Nigel Champion, "Creating an mp3 access database"
  • Kirsty Smith, "Data storage and digital object management at NLNZ "
  • Matthew Davies. "Practical solutions for hardware and software solutions with costs"

3.30 Afternoon Tea

4.00 Quadriga Users Group

  • Chair: Greg Moss

Discussion of Institutional implementations (National Library of New Zealand, National Library of Australia, Sound Archives Radio New Zealand, National Film and Sound Archives Australia, National Archives of Australia. PARSDISEC Sydney University.)

QUADRIGA-2 & Future Developments Issues and Integration Problems. Effective integration and automation of QUADRIGA with other tools and systems. Exchange and discussion forum options.

5.00 Close



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