May 2016

by Mery Molenaar

We are delighted to have Guest Speaker Carl Haber confirmed for ATA 57 in San Francisco. Dr. Haber’s two-part presentation, “Seeing Voices: Using Light to Restore and Preserve Early Recorded Sound,” will discuss his use of techniques developed for particle physics research to scan and preserve some of the earliest known sound recordings, including Alexander Graham Bell’s restored voice (1885) and Native American voices from the early 20th century. Part one will focus on the techniques, while part two will focus on the audio collections themselves. Dr. Haber is a Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2013. His work has been profiled in The New Yorker, National Geographic magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.

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