A music month mixtape
- Date: Friday, 26 May, 2017
12.00pm to 1.00pm
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
- Contact Details:
For more information, email Susan.Skudder@dia.govt.nz
A mess of music month musings from Arrangement and Description
Alexander Turnbull Library's Arrangement and Description team invites you to join them at the Arrangers and Describers talk for May 2017 — a Music Month Mixtape. There might even be some music!
Off the deep end
Librarian Merryn McAulay will talk about arranging and describing sound recordings on ten inch reels from ‘Off the Deep End’ experimental music festival held in Wellington in 1984, and making them discoverable and accessible to researchers. The recordings feature New Zealand musicians such as Phil Bowering, Lindsay Maitland, and bands the ‘Free Radicals’, ‘Black Sheep’, and ‘Vibraslaps’.
In 1957 donor Murdoch Riley, and his former business partners the late Ron Dalton and Jim Staples, established the Viking Record Company, which later became a music and book publishing business Viking Sevenseas NZ Ltd. Viking was once New Zealand largest independent music label. It recorded and sold hits by the biggest local pop stars, such as Dinah Lee, Peter Posa, The Chicks and Herma Keil, and a significant range of traditional and contemporary Māori and Pacific Island music. In 2016 and 2017, Alexander Turnbull Library received substantial accruals of the Viking Records production master sound recordings dating from the late 1950s to 1991.
Research Librarian Digital Materials Dolores Hoy will look at the work that goes into making this noteworthy back catalogue ready for conservation work and accessible to the public.
Senior Sound Conservator Bronwyn Officer follows Dolores’ presentation with a discussion about preservation of the Viking recordings and digitising them to enhance access, and the collaboration required between A&D and Collection Care to fully describe audio-visual material.
The violinist Alex Osvath migrated to New Zealand from Hungary with his family in 1957. He worked as a musician in Wellington and performed with the Simon Peels’ Continental Trio, who are well-remembered for playing throughout the 1960s and 1970s at weddings, clubs, and renowned Wellington restaurants including Orsini’s. This collection contains Osvath’s library of scores and sheet music, recordings of him performing, and wonderful concert memorabilia he collected throughout his career. Librarian Flora Feltham will discuss the significance of this collection, as well as the challenges associated with processing unpublished audio-visual material and working with a collection containing material in English, Hungarian, German, and French.
Concert and event posters
Merryn McAulay wraps up by talking about arranging and describing posters advertising concerts and events in New Zealand in the mid 2000’s, and the research into the New Zealand music scene, musicians, and venues this involves. Includes posters for performances by international and New Zealand musicians and bands, and for a 2007 New Zealand Music Month photography exhibition.
Simon Peels' Accordion Harmonists, 1959. Ref: 1/1-038701-F.