Thursday, October 3 • 9:00am - 12:30pm
W5: Safeguarding the RTS broadcast lacquer discs: challenges of a multifaceted project

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The 80,000 lacquer disc audio recordings of RTS (Radio Télévision Suisse) are a unique collection spanning from the 1930s to the 1950s. The disc collection covers contents including radio dramas, classical music, and news reports, among many others. The various types of lacquers used throughout the years make this collection an interesting case study, from a chemist and/or a curator point of view. The digitization of these broadcast archives is an 8-year long service provided by the French GECKO company.

Patricia Herold will mention the FONSART organization and its overall history in safeguarding and promoting archives. She will speak about the various steps in setting up the RTS discs safeguarding project, and she will present a comparison of the Visual Audio optical digitization technique, compared to the standard stylus playback technique. Mrs. Herold will briefly mention the history of the various sub-collections. The partnership with the GECKO company, in terms of logistics, cataloguing, digital file integration, and monitoring the production done by GECKO will be mentioned.

Eric Monge, IT manager at GECKO, will present MADAMS, GECKO's in-house workflow and database management system. Karen Beun, production manager, will focus on the technical workflow, and go into details about the metadata provided and the various disc playback techniques used throughout the project. Finally, Emiliano Flores, restoration manager, will present the digital restoration aspect of the project.

Rebecca Rochat, preventive preservation expert, will present her digital guide with the results of her several-year long research on lacquer discs, which is expected to be an important landmark for all specialists of the topic. A chemist and microscopic approach to the deterioration of lacquer discs will be developed.

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Karen Beun

Production manager 78rpm, Gecko
Karen Beun, production manager 78rpm at GeckoAfter a master's degree in Arts and Technologies specializing in the restoration of sound archives, I let myself be carried by the electroacoustic current, the questions of the medium, material, sound recording... which led me to Gecko... Read More →
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Emiliano Flores

Born in 1975 in Clamart, France, Emiliano Flores graduated in sound engineering in 2000 at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Louis Lumière (Paris region). From 2000 to 2009, Mr Flores worked as recording, mixing and mastering engineer for independent music labels. In 2009, Mr. Flores... Read More →
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Eric Monge

Information Technology Manager, Gecko
Eric Monge is the Information Technology (IT) manager at the french Gecko company. He is responsible for creating and maintaining the MADAMS (Media Asset Digitization and Archiving Management System), the proprietary workflow management software that is used in every digitization... Read More →
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Rebecca Rochat

University of York
Graduated in conservation with a major in technical, scientific and horological objects from the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (2017), Rebecca Rochat worked for 3 years on the RTS lacquer discs digitisation project, with a keen interest in studying the typology... Read More →

Thursday October 3, 2019 9:00am - 12:30pm
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