Music Cities Summit 2017

I will be presenting at the “Mastering of a Music City” Music Cities Summit in Toronto on April 21st. Here is the title and accepted proposal:

SONIC APOCALYPSE: THE END HAS COME FOR DETROIT’S RECORDED MUSICAL LEGACIES – WILL THE SILENCE BE AVERTED?

Much like the threat of climate change, the threat to our audio heritage is real and it is here now. In 2015, the British Library put a date on that threat announcing that they had 15 years to preserve their country’s analog audio through digitization before it was lost forever. But the problem is even more acute in cities like Detroit where archival media lab resources and preservation dollars are practically non-existent. In this presentation, Carleton Gholz, PhD, Founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Sound Conservancy (DSC), using Detroit as a case study in “sonic apocalypse,” outlines the risks and opportunities for cultural preservation in a time of economic austerity and political crisis.