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Center for Music Experiment: Creating a Digital Collection

  • Author(s): Garcia-Spitz, Cristela
  • Kesner, David
  • Reser, Greg
  • et al.
Abstract

This presentation covers the challenges and solutions of digitizing and preserving the UCSD Center for Music Experiment (CME) archive - a collection of approximately 1,644 analog recordings created between 1969 and 1993 documenting a wide variety of performances, lectures and demonstrations. The recordings were digitized by UC San Diego Libraries in an effort to preserve the content contained on deteriorating tapes and to make it available to music researchers in the future. The project involved use of the Archivists’ Toolkit for data management, adding the audio files to the library’s Digital Asset Management System, and building a custom player.

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