Australasian Sound Recordings Association
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2018 Annual ASRA Conference
Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th November 2018
"Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all."
Call For Papers
The conference organising committee is pleased to announce a call for papers for the 2018 ASRA Conference. This year's conference theme is 'Music, History and Technology'. The conference will be held in Sydney at Studios 301 in November. The committee are seeking paper proposals that explore stories from our sound recording heritage and which explain how recorded music, sound and speech inform and enrich our sense of place and time, our personal and community history, cultural identity, and professional or personal passion.
This year's conference theme 'Music, History and Technology' highlights some of the key areas of interest common to ASRA's membership and constituency, and allows us a broad scope to discuss, describe and debate topics from all aspects of audio creative, recording and collecting disciplines. We seek to include papers by experts and practitioners across the relevant disciplines including sound recordists, musicians, researchers, archivists, preservation specialists, collectors, oral historians, academics, broadcast professionals and creative practitioners.
Sub-themes may include:
As with all ASRA Conferences we plan to celebrate our diversity and are seeking to include papers which explore emerging technologies and business models.
How to Submit a Proposal
If you are interested in presenting a paper please contact us with a brief outline of your proposal by 30 June 2018. Paper proposals or any queries regarding the conference should be emailed to:
Please include in this order:
Information on registration, accommodation and additional activities will be posted on the ASRA website following the abstract review process.
Registration and Membership
All presenters are encouraged to be financial members of ASRA. Membership Applications can be completed online and enables you to obtain a discount on the cost of your conference registration. For further membership information, please contact or visit the ASRA Membership page.
ASRA was formed in 1986, from the Australian Branch of the International Association of Sound Archivists (IASA) and is an association for those interested in recorded sound and recorded sound collections. The Association is made up of professional sound archivists, curators, recording engineers, radio broadcasters, oral and social historians, sound artists, preservation specialists, researchers and private collectors, consisting of individuals and institutions with a strong interest in sound recording history, its development and all related activities.
ASRA also publishes the Australasian Sound Archive, a journal that features papers by fellow professionals in the sound and archival industries and often includes papers delivered at the ASRA annual conference. ASRA operates independently and does not represent or endorse the views, activities, services or operations of its institutional and corporate members and/or partners.
About Studios 301
Studios 301 is Australia's largest and longest running recording facility. Recently undertaking a multi-million dollar relaunch, the studio's heritage can be traced back to the dawn of large scale commercial sound recording in Australia, when The Columbia Graphophone Company (which later became EMI Records) opened Australia's first record factory and studio in 1926. The new Studios 301 facility in Alexandria combines the best of old and new technology with classic studio construction techniques and meticulous attention to detail.