Laurel A Calsoni

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

A Norwegian company is establishing a doomsday vault for music

A Norwegian company is preparing what they say is a doomsday vault, intended to preserve a huge variety of music’s most important works, on an arctic island midway between the North Pole and Norway.

The vault, the company say, can survive underground for 1,000 years

From Australian Indigenous music to classics by The Beatles, the Oslo-based Elire Management Group claim the vault – dubbed the Global Music Vault – will endure for at least 1,000 years, buried on the Svalbard archipelago beneath ice and snow at a depth of 1,000 feet. Read more here

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

3,900 Pages of Paul Klee’s Personal Notebooks Are Now Online

Presenting His Bauhaus Teachings (1921-1931)

Paul Klee led an artistic life that spanned the 19th and 20th centuries, but he kept his aesthetic sensibility tuned to the future. Because of that, much of the Swiss-German Bauhaus-associated painter’s work, which at its most distinctive defines its own category of abstraction, still exudes a vitality today. Read More Click Here

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Lou Reed Archive Opens at the New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is issuing 6,000 limited-edition library cards to celebrate the opening of the Lou Reed Archive. Credit Jonathan Blanc/The New York Public Library

By Sara Aridi March 15, 2019

After two years of cataloging and preparing, the Lou Reed Archive at the New York Public Library’s performing arts branch at Lincoln Center opens to the public on Friday. And to celebrate, the library is issuing 6,000 limited-edition library cards featuring an image of Reed taken by Mick Rock in 1972.

The library acquired the archive — a large collection of notes, photographs, and more than 600 hours of recordings — after the rocker’s wife, Laurie Anderson, decided to share it with an institution that could preserve and showcase it.

Before Reed died in 2013, he had never discussed what to do with his belongings, Anderson said in a phone interview.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

A 70’s Photographer Unveils the Ultimate New York Punk Archive on Instagram

Julia Gorton took epic Polaroids of Television, Blondie, Lydia Lunch, and more, and now she’s rolling out her collection on Instagram.

A downtown fixture behind a Polaroid camera at Hell’s Angels bar-turned-nightclub CBGBs, Julia Gorton took hundreds of photos of the characters that epitomized the 70s, which are slowly making their way to the public eye through her Instagram. Having first tried her hand at photography in high school thanks to a rec program director who sold her a Rangefinder for $20, and the assistance of a yearbook teacher who taught her to develop film, Gorton moved to New York from her native Delaware in 1976 and graduated to snapping Polaroids of the major acts of the burgeoning punk scene. “I don’t know what he might have seen in me that made him think I should have a camera, but I’m eternally grateful,” she said in a recent interview, of the man who sold her that first camera. “It changed my life forever.”

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Neil Young’s online music archive is here, and it’s fucking incredible

By Alex Young
December 01, 2017

If ever there was a time to listen to Neil Young, it’s today. The musician’s entire catalog is available to stream for free on his newly launched archival website.

 “We developed [the archive] to provide fans and historians with unprecedented access to all of my music and my entire archive in one convenient location,” writes Young in an open letter introducing the archive.
 The songs are organized chronologically spanning more than 50 years. Included are all of Young’s released solo titles, as well as his records made with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, and Crazy Horse.

Additionally, there are ten unreleased albums and a few unreleased films. “These are projects I did not release at the time for one reason or another, and many of the songs subsequently appeared on other albums as the years flew past,” Young explains. “The archive is designed to be a living document, constantly evolving and including every new recording and film as it is made. It is not yet complete as we are still adding a lot of detail to the older recordings.”



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Thursday, January 12, 2017

‘Mad Men’ Archives Going to the University of Texas

NY Times
January 12, 2017

“Mad Men,” an acclaimed show that explored a bygone era, will itself be grist for future cultural historians, thanks to a donation to the University of Texas at Austin.

Matthew Weiner, the show’s creator, and Lionsgate, the producing studio, have given the show’s archive to the university’s Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum. The materials include script drafts and notes for all 92 episodes, costumes and props, as well as a collection of historical ads, magazines and other artifacts the producers used for reference and research.

“Mad Men,” an award-winning drama about angst and advertising in 1960s America, ran on AMC from 2007-2015. Though never a ratings hit, it was a critical favorite that influenced other shows as well as, with its sleek midcentury styling, the worlds of design and fashion.

“It’s our hope that the ‘Mad Men’ archive can satisfy academic curiosity and also provide creative inspiration,” Mr. Weiner said in a statement. “Both artists and scholars can retrace our steps and see how we became interested in the parts of the story we were interested in, and how the creation of the physical world as well as the characters and story lines in the show were the work of many talented people.”

The items and papers, which fill about 150 file boxes, will take roughly a year to catalog, said Steve Wilson, the Ransom Center’s film curator. Afterward, the materials will be available for study by scholars and the general public, and be the subject of future exhibitions. A few items will be on display in the center’s lobby until Feb. 1.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Photos from the George Eastman Museum

The World’s Oldest Photography Collection Now Available Online


January 3, 2017

Eastman’s legacy lives on in another important capacity as well: since the 40s, his Rochester, NY mansion housed one of the largest, the oldest, and perhaps the most impressive collections of photography in the world, the Eastman Museum. “In 1989,” the museum tells us, it “completed construction of a 73,000-square-foot building (more than 70 percent of which is below ground level) that included climate-controlled collection vaults, exhibition galleries, libraries, offices, and photographic conservation and film preservations labs.” And now, over a quarter of a million of the Eastman Museum’s holdings are available online in searchable galleries of “thousands of photographs that date back to the medium’s earliest years,” notes Claire Voon at Hyperallergic, “as well as “objects from its massive library of artifacts that together chronicle the history of image-making.”

Read More Here

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Maximum Rocknroll Archive and Database

Project Summary


Since 1977, Bay Area punk institution Maximum Rocknroll has been producing a radio show, publishing a monthly magazine, releasing records, organizing shows, and supporting worldwide punk projects. As MRR enters its 40th year, we are undertaking our most ambitious project ever: creating a comprehensive online database of our record collection and music reviews. The project will also see out-of-print issues of the magazine fully digitized. We’re asking for your help to make it possible.

Our collection is the largest assemblage of punk material history on earth. In addition to records, the archive is home to countless rare and unheard demo tapes, zines, photographs, one-of-a-kind record covers designed by the magazine’s founder Tim Yohannan, and flyers dating back to the genre’s inception, many of which will be digitized for the first time. MRR has been instrumental in punk history and historiography, and the archive and database will be an essential resource for record collectors, historians, and anyone interested in punk, hardcore, and garage rock.

Bringing the ultimate punk resource to your browser.
Details here: Maximum Rocknroll Archive




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Friday, September 18, 2015

The DAM Truth

4 Digital Asset Management Trends You Need To Know

DAM_Blog_1_Cover_PhotoWhere is the Digital Asset Management (DAM) and Media Asset Management (MAM) industry heading? It’s a big question with even bigger implications. After all, there are hundreds of vendors on the market working to take their systems to the next level, and missing out on the latest revelation could mean losing ground to their competitors.

I recently interviewed a few leading DAM/MAM vendors to glean trends and future innovations.

Overarching Trends in 2015:

  1. Reimagined user interface (UI)
  2. Consumer video for web and social channels
  3. Interoperability between systems
  4. Business intelligence and analytics

We’ll tackle the first two of these trends today and look at the final two in a later post.

Reimagined UI

Vendors are working hard to improve the usability of their DAM systems by reimagining the UI. New users are moving from those who like and need to see the complete metadata model to users who want to navigate using a Google-like search. There is a need to support both types of users. There is also a need to consider the mobile user who may use mobile devices as the primary interface for using the DAM.

The UI goals for these users in 2015 and beyond are:

  • Make it quicker and easier to find assets
  • Make the control and tracking of assets more intuitive
  • Improve user experience (UX) and increase the return on investment (ROI)
  • Promote brand and highlight assets by improving:
    • System messages
    • Spotlight searches
    • Spotlight collections
    • Upload drop sections
    • Activity feeds

How will the vendors go about doing this? My interviews illustrated that vendors expect to design and engineer systems with users in mind so that they’re function-focused rather than option-focused.

Bynder is one example of a company that is on the cutting edge of UI. It’s incorporating a Brand Store Module that streamlines the process of distributing assets around the world in different languages by automatically translating captions. Users will be able to order posters and banners across the world search in their native language — it’s all automated. Also in the works for Bynder is fingerprinting of all assets with the ability to search by color palette, find similar and find duplicates.

Picturepark is another leader in terms of reimagined UI. It introduced Adaptive Metadata to enable users to design custom metadata schemas that reflect the specific needs of your organization. David Diamond, Director of Global Marketing, explained that, “Users don’t think in terms of metadata standards; they think in terms of what makes sense…Adaptive Metadata makes [a schema that changes as the asset evolves] possible.” He continued, “Adaptive Metadata updates the asset’s metadata schema based on classes that have been assigned to the asset…Picturepark will cease to address the concept of DAM as a whole, and it will better address the specifics that make up the management of digital content. It’s a tall order, to be sure. But the DAM industry is going to wither away unless DAM vendors start getting real about innovation and forecasting what happens next.”

Consumer Video for Web and Social Channels

Digital Asset Management vendors are recognizing that the industry around video and social channels is changing. They need to provide responsive design for mobile and touch-enabled devices, while also anticipating greater usability and adoption for organizations through platforms built for integrating fast growing, high-volume marketing environments.

The consumer video goals for 2015 and beyond are:

  • Make video more accessible
  • Include features for novice producers
  • Provide an avenue for faster time-to-market
  • Provide a path for videos to be shared through multiple channels

Vendors will achieve this by pushing DAM beyond the traditional approaches in response to demands in marketing, commerce, video, and omnichannel.

MerlinOne, for example, is developing a new browser interface that allows users to edit videos including mark-up, clipping, add topics and metadata tied to the timeline. The new browser will allow users to perform frame grabs and export a video or video clip. The videos are run through a speech to text engine to automatically create metadata along the timeline, which makes spoken word searchable.

Another notable trailblazer on the topic, Mohan Taylor, Chief Product Officer at North Plains Systems, shared with me that North Plains is adding new tools for novice users to ingest multiple video formats and new collaborations tools for novice users to edit video in a much broader way. The idea is for users to take the best videos they can create and use it to represent their brand through social channels. Taylor explained that users don’t need to be aware of the mechanism behind the video editing, all they need is a rock solid tool for ingesting videos that work for large HD video files.

Of course, this is just a small taste of what to expect from Digital Asset Management in the weeks ahead. Keep an eye out for Part Two of this article, which takes a look at progress being made in interoperability and analytics, by subscribing to our blog!
This article is a summary of the original published by Jeff Lawrence on


By Jeff Lawrence
From Celerity Blog

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Archives Going Digital


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