Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Articulate historical, philosophical, professional and ethical principles of audio archiving from several theoretical perspectives
2. Identify technical features of magnetic tape recorders, magnetic tape and communicate common preservation challenges
3. Conduct a comprehensive preservation needs assessments on audio artefacts
4. Operate magnetic tape recorders and historical magnetic tape recordings proficiently and professionally
5. Collate accurate audio content descriptions and meta-data information as part of the digitisation process.
Indicative AssessmentSound Archiving Process Practical Examination [50%] [Learning Outcomes 2, 4, 5]
Log Book [10%] [Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4]
Research Essay [40%] [4000 words] [Learning Outcome 1]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: a mixture of lectures, facility tours, workshops, seminars, practical demonstrations, practical tasks and review sessions; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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Preliminary ReadingInternational Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives: Technical Committee. Standards, Recommended Practices and Strategies. IASA-TC 03 The Safeguarding of the Audio Heritage: Ethics, Principles and preservation Strategy. V3. December 2005.
International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives: Technical Committee. Standards, Recommended Practices and Strategies. IASA-TC 04 Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects. V2. 2009.
International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives: Technical Committee. Standards, Recommended Practices and Strategies. IASA-TC 05 Handling and Storage of Audio and Video Carriers. V1. 2014
National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Collection Policy. May 2011
Preserving the Facts for the Future: Principles and Practices for the Transfer of Analog Audio Documents into the Digital Domain. Dietrich, S. (2001) Journal of the Audio Engineering Society. 49, 7/8, 618-621.
Sound Souvenirs: Audio Technologies, Memory and Cultural Practices. Bijsterveld, K. and van Dijck, J. 2009. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press
Assumed KnowledgeStudents should have a foundation understanding of sound recording theory.
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