The Wire takes a tour of the British Library's Sound Archive, deep below its London residences on the Euston Road, to talk about sound conservation and take a tour of its collections with some of its key sound curators.
"The 20th century was about audiovisual material, our memory of the 20th century is heavily audiovisual, but our sense of the 21st century is going to be a different kind of audiovisual... archiving is not going to be so much about what we can bring in, but about what to exclude," says Will Prentice, British Library Audio Engineer and Conservation Specialist.
Nathan Budzinski interviews Popular Music Curator Andy Linehan, Audio Engineer, Conservation specialist Will Prentice, and Wildlife Sounds Curator Cheryl Tipp.
ELLIPTIC (radio edit)
Music by Vessels
Video by Edward Thomas Cook
I scratched for three years frame by frame crosses on the breasts of women,
filmed in Super 8, if you like See it vimeo.com/39032937
A visual and audio collaboration we did as part of the Lost Few collective:
sound was mixed and recorded live separate from the visuals, but based on the look and sound we've developed for our live shows together over the last little while.