rebelbelle wrote:The "savvy" folks who have already archived stuff tend to be pretty stingy with letting people access it.
Or not. http://louisvillepunk.awardspace.com/
And I did not mean to imply that LUMA was not accepting music. Viva vinyl--it will outlive us all! And given advances in 3D scanning technology, the music will be readable even after the last turntable on earth groans to a halt. CDs are not archival, but it'll be awhile before the layers start separating, and at any rate the music is digital and likely is spread across the planet. But cassettes? Quarter-inch reels? Half-inch reels?...magnetic tape, particularly of a certain age, is at the end of its life. The metallic particles are flaking
. Or in the inner spools the chemical reactions are making things gooey--why sometimes tapes have to be "baked". What good is an archive moldering in a climate controlled University setting?
I was prepared to make a clever analogy about the full run of Burt the Cat
that LUMA has received. How surely they would "play" each issue to index the material, and in doing so "record" said tracks to digital files. That was my assumption! I trust
that they will do hi-res scans of every page of every issue. Newsprint paper is notoriously highly acidic. Yea, there are procedures these days whereby you can de-acidify paper, stopping but not reversing the damage, but that doesn't begin to address the brittleness associated with the short fibers of cheap wood pulp paper, not to mention the volatile nature of the inks involved in cheap newsprint pressing.
Knowledge is power, and information doesn't necessarily require credit hours. Just sayin'.