Joking aside, that first article points to some nifty news from Buffalo – the University has just received a grant to start digitising its archive of reel-to-reel tape recordings. This includes recordings of the influential Evenings for New Music concerts of the 1960s and 70s, featuring many important performances from Buffalo’s heyday as a centre for new music.
“Reformatting the reel-to-reel audio tapes in the Music Library has become a critical matter of preservation,” says John Bewley, associate librarian and library archivist.
“Many of the tapes are nearing the end of their projected 50-year lifespan and may already have deteriorated beyond the point where it is feasible to perform this sort of technical work in house,” he says.
Fortunate that US copyright law permits such archival copying then. We wait to see whether similar freedoms will be granted to libraries in the UK.