Basement Tapes Day MTL

Inspired by our colleagues in Los Angeles, ARCMTL and the Musée des ondes Emile Berliner joined forces for the first-ever web-streamed Montreal edition of Basement Tapes Day. Audio archivists and experts from both partner institutions demonstrated how to listen to and digitize recordings in old or obsolete formats.

Joining the celebration of the Centennial of Broadcasting in Canada, the 2020 edition of Basement Tapes Day MTL highlighted ephemeral recordings of radio content found in the ARCMTL and MOEB audio collections.

You can watch the recording of the live stream bellow (bilingual subtitles are available for both videos):

Partie 1
[00:00] Presentation of the event: ARCMTL and MOEB presentations – mission/mandate, collections, overview of audio ephemera relating to radio
[10:10] BTD LA: the origin of the program
[20:42] BTD Toronto: presentation of their work
[25:12] Live presentation 1: Anja Borck and Jean Marcotte – Transcription discs from the MOEB with playback
[35:47] Video 1: Alain Dufour – Présentation de formats obsolètes
[39:25] Live Presentation 2: ARCMTL presentation of radio carts, minidiscs (radio advertising)
[47:43] Video 2: Alain Dufour – Cousino tape cartridges and the Dormiphone


Partie 2
[00:00] Live Presentation 3: ARCMTL – Radio on disc: presentation of various uses of vinyl discs for radio ads and archives
[25:24] Video 3: Anja Borck and Jean Marcotte – Wire recording playback from the MOEB
[30:08] Video 4: Alain Dufour – Wire recordings
[36:25] Video 5: Alain Dufour – Baptism in Sorel – Found Sounds Reunited
[47:55] Closing remarks: closing remarks on the importance of ephemeral found sounds

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