Meier (2017). UC Berkeley Uses Optical Scanning to Recover Indigenous Voices from Wax Cylinders.

Meier, A. (2017, October 11). UC Berkeley Uses Optical Scanning to Recover Indigenous Voices from Wax Cylinders. Hyperallergic. Retrieved from https://hyperallergic.com/397995/wax-cylinder-optical-scanning-uc-berkeley/

“… songs and spoken-word recordings in 78 indigenous languages of California. Some of these languages, recorded between 1900 and 1938, no longer have living speakers.” (¶1)

“A project underway at UC Berkeley is using innovative optical scan technology to transfer and digitally restore these recordings … ‘Documenting Endangered Languages,’ … aims to preserve about 100 hours of audio.” (¶2)

“… recordings … were captured at a subjective start and stop …” (¶3)

“As stated on the Project IRENE site, due to ‘the culturally sensitive material of the content on these cylinders, and out of respect for the contemporary descendants of many of the performers on the recordings, access to the majority of the audio being digitized is currently restricted.'” (¶4)

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  • National Photo Company. (1916). Piegan Indian, Mountain Chief, listening to recording with ethnologist Frances Densmore. [Photograph]. Retrieved from https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/npc2008000561/
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