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Conference 2005 - Provisional Program
"Sound Ecology - Saving our Sound Environments"
Conference to be held at: "Our City O-Tautahi",
Wednesday, 29th June, 2005
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
10.30 Morning Tea
11.00 Sound and Criticism
2.00 Sound and Place
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
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.
Thursday, 30th June, 2005
9.00 Sustainable Digital Infrastructure
Chair: Judith Fyfe
10.45 Morning Tea
11.15 Alice Moyle Lecture
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.
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.
Friday, 1st July, 2005
Joint ASRA/NOHANZ TECHNICAL WORKSHOP
9.00 ASRA and NOHANZ Welcome
9.10 Introduction - The Principles of Sound Preservation
Kevin Bradley, "'Soundspeak' terminology and principles explained"
10.00 Field Recording Technology
11.00 Workflows and Digital Preservation Practices
11.30 Replay Speeds
12.00 Transfer of old Audio (digitisation)
1.45 Storage and Access Technology
3.30 Afternoon Tea
4.00 Quadriga Users Group
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.