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Re: [ARSCLIST] Einstürzende Neubauten
Dumb question: Did you mention Neubauten in the subject line to be cute
or because we know that they have/had unique Neubauten recordings?
On Mar 3, 2009, at 11:23 AM, Dave Lewis wrote:
The sub-standard building practices of the 1970s are coming back to
haunt us, and unfortunately a fair number of such structures are
used to house archival materials, as this one was.
While I'm not Bill Schurk, and apologize for sticking my neck out
in speaking out about what is not my problem, a few years ago the
Center for Popular Music at BGSU was moved out of its 1970s poured
concrete building -- where the materials were organized and well
cared for -- and placed in deep storage elsewhere on campus. Last I
heard it was inaccessible. There is another poured concrete
structure at the University of Cincinnati -- thankfully one that
does not hold an archive -- that will need to be torn down at some
point, as it is both sinking and tipping over.
Of course, none of us in the 1970s knew that the poured concrete
fad would primarily result in buildings that would turn out to be
non-functional in the long term. As this story unfolds, the effect
on archives of all kinds -- including sound recordings -- will be
better known. If your archive is in a 1970s university building,
you might need to develop a good "Plan B" in order to avoid the
fate of the Center for Popular Music. And if that facility has
reopened, I sure would like to know about it.
Uncle Dave Lewis
Ann Arbor, MI
Archivist for Recorded Sound Collections
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, CA 94305-6010