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Monday, September 30 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm
The role of audiovisual archives in music heritage sustainability: Conditions for accessibility and reuse

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Digital technology has made historic recordings of music heritage held in AV archives increasingly accessible to the world at large. With this increase in accessibility has come an increase in reuse of the recordings for compilations available for purchase and for community interventions that promote use of the recordings that involves sampling and remix into compositions that appeal to contemporary youth. Do such projects promote music heritage sustainability or undermine it? Do source communities of the historic recordings have any rights over the use of their heritage in this way? This paper discusses these and related issues in an effort to determine if there is a need for AV archives to develop standards that establish conditions for accessibility and reuse of their holdings designed to deal with contingencies of 21st century realities and implications of the open access paradigm.

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Diane Thram

Professor Emeritus, International Library of African Music, Rhodes University
I was Director of ILAM for 10 years and became passionate about music heritage archives, digital return of field collections to their communities of origin, issues in archival ethics and the need to de-colonize collections through heritage activism and promotion of music sustain... Read More →

Monday September 30, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm BST
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