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Australasian Sound Recordings Association (ASRA)

Annual Conference 2019
"Sounds & Silences"

Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th November, 2019

"Since there is no real silence,
Silence will contain all the sounds,
All the words, all the languages,
All knowledge, all memory.

Dejan Stojanovic (from 'Silence is the Universal Library')

  ANU School of MusicANU School of Music
Building 100, Lecture Theatre 3 (Room 517),
The Australian National University,
William Herbert Pl,
Canberra ACT 2601


Provisional Program  2019 Conference Program (PDF)

Conference Papers - Abstracts (PDF)


Conference Theme

This year's conference theme 'Sounds & Silences' highlights the key issue relevant to ASRA's membership and mission: How will the sound collections we have created be handed down to future generations? The conference will encompass 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:

  • International Year of Indigenous Languages personal, community and institutional
  • Casualties on the digital frontier
  • Obsolescence: perception and reality
  • The long analogue tail: presence and perseverance
  • Hauntology and music
  • Analogue persistence

As with all ASRA Conferences we plan to celebrate our diversity and are seeking to include papers which explore emerging technologies and business models.


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.


About ASRA

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. As an incorporated association ASRA operates independently and does not represent or endorse the views, activities, services or operations of its institutional and corporate members and/or partners.



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