LOS ANGELES, CA, July 25, 2018 – Iron Mountain Incorporated® Entertainment Services, the global leader in protection and preservation of entertainment content, recently served as Platinum Sponsor for the AES (Audio Engineering Society) Conference on Audio Archiving, Preservation & Restoration, held at the Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC) Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia, June 28-30, 2018. Also participating as a Silver Sponsor was the Recording Academy™ Producers & Engineers Wing® (P&E Wing), a frequent partner of Iron Mountain in their efforts to advocate for best practices in archiving and preservation. The conference was a unanimous success, attracting attendees from Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, India, Sudan, Nigeria, England, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, Mexico, Canada and all regions of the USA.
Aside from the sponsorship support, Iron Mountain was involved in the conference’s program, with Iron Mountain Audio Engineer Kelly Pribble serving on the panel “The Challenge of Archiving Multitrack Recordings” alongside industry veterans Jack Douglas (Producer: John Lennon, Aerosmith), Toby Seay (Drexel University Audio Archives and Current IASA President), Nathan Chandler (University of Calgary), Rob Friedrich (Library of Congress) and moderator George Massenburg (McGill University).
The AES and Library of Congress were uniquely positioned to bring together a variety of experts representing corporate and national archivists, media companies, libraries, historical societies, labs, post-production professionals, universities and more. The conference provided an opportunity to interact with every facet of the archiving industry and a single forum to address the best ways to preserve and provide access to the wide heritage of digital and analog media formats. The conference featured a wide range of presentations, academic papers and panel discussions focused on the latest strategies and technologies for protecting audio assets as the industry rapidly evolves. Some important themes were addressed, including physical/object based preservation & material science, handling and storage of audio carriers, preservation by digitization, mechanical vs. optical transfer, magnetic media, digitization, and restoration of content from obsolete disk formats, preservation issues for emerging high-end audio formats, preserving legacy professional formats, multi-track tapes and obsolete digital formats, considerations for archiving in preserving commercial audio, aesthetic considerations in digital restoration of historical audio collaborative performance, virtual reality, born-digital assets and much more.
John Krivit, Conference Chair, 2018 AES Conference on Audio Archiving, Preservation and Restoration, as well as Past-President, Audio Engineering Society, remarked, “It was personally important to me to have Iron Mountain involved as our Platinum Sponsor. Not only did their financial support help us to pull off a great event, but their staff of experienced engineers added incredibly to the dialogue about advancing the science and practice of audio restoration. A highlight of the conference was having Iron Mountain’s Kelly Pribble appear on a panel about preserving legacy formats where he shared some of his innovative methods for bringing back impossibly damaged tape. The professional work that the Iron Mountain engineers are doing is truly incredible and their scientific and practical knowledge rivals any place in the world. I am truly grateful for their participation and dedication to this conference and to the AES as we look ahead to the challenges of future formats and solutions.”
Greg Parkin, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services Vice President, North America, stated, “Iron Mountain was proud to share our support and expertise for this great conference held by the AES and the Library of Congress. Working closely with AES and other organizations like the Producers and Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy, who also share our vision relevant to the preservation and archiving of their most valued works, is monumentally important to us and benefits our clients and the industry at large.”