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If you're in Portland, Oregon, check this out for May.

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Please join us for the 53rd annual ARSC conference, May 8-11, 2019. The conference programs will take place at The Benson, an historic hotel in downtown Portland, Oregon, which is within striking distance of several of the city's many record stores and Powell's City of Books.

April 12 is the deadline to reserve a room at The Benson at the special conference rate. We recommend booking as soon as possible, since the ARSC room block may be sold out prior to the deadline. Please also note that the guest amenity fee of $25 listed on other websites DOES NOT APPLY to the ARSC group rate. To avoid this fee, you must make your reservation by phone or online using the link on the ARSC conference website.

For more information about the hotel, room rates, and reservations:

April 19 is the deadline for discounted rates for conference registration.
After that date, registration fees increase.

For online registration:

April 19 is also the deadline for discounted rates for the May 8 pre-conference workshop, "All Things Digital: Digital Audio Workstation Basics." The full-day, hands-on workshop will give attendees a practical overview of digital audio workstation use for archival applications.

For a complete description of the workshop:

For the updated preliminary schedule:

Conference presentation abstracts are now available:

First-time attendees are invited to attend a Newcomer Orientation and participate in the Conference Mentoring Program during the ARSC Conference.
Sign up here:

Conference program highlights include:

-- Opening Plenary Session, "The Music Modernization Act and You: Discussion and Celebration" featuring Tim Brooks, Eric J. Harbeson, and the Internet Archive's Brewster Kahle and Derek Fukumori.

-- "Recent Developments in Audio Retrieval via Optical Methods," featuring an international panel of experts.

-- Pacific Northwest-related presentations on The Wailers; Mel Blanc; Phil Moore; radio stations KBOO and KEXP; "Scandihoovian" dialect singers; Portland's DIY punk scene (featuring Mike Lastra); music of Alaskan Interior Athabaskan communities; plus noted Oregon collector John Tefteller on rare radio recordings by Laurel & Hardy.

-- Topical sessions touch upon the Black Swan label; Mahalia Jackson; The Nat Turner Rebellion; Roosevelt Sykes; Twin-Six guitarist Jack Penewell; recordings of concert spirituals; rare recordings of Mahatma Gandhi; the roots of the folk music revival; Yiddish audio collections; and the WBAI show "Radio Unnameable."

-- Other technical sessions include a discussion on how to leverage mass digitization projects; the preservation and playback of lacquer discs; using PBCore metadata; and recent developments in the transfer of wire, Dictabelt, and Magnabelt recordings.

-- Evening sessions open to the general public, with no admission, include:
Thursday: "Ask the Technical Committee" and "Q&A with Discog's Kevin Lewandowski" (tentative).
Friday: Collectors' Roundtable, where local collectors are invited to bring a crate of records they would like to sell or trade, and/or a record or two for discussion (a turntable will be provided).

On Thursday, the Women in Recorded Sound Social will take place from 5:30
p.m.-7:00 p.m. (location TBA; attendees pay their own tab).

Last, but not least, please consider making a donation to the ARSC Silent Auction.
Details are here:

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings -- in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals -- everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound.

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