Blog topic: Sound recordings

Best Paper Award at the 20th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference

Stanford player piano research receives best paper award

December 5, 2019

Stanford University researchers received the Best Paper Award at the 20th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR) on 4 November 2019 held in Delft, The Netherlands. ISMIR is the foremost organization promoting research and development of computer systems to access, organize, and represent music information. The award was presented to the authors Zhengshan “Kitty” Shi (Ph.D.

Image of railroad workers on the Tanzania Zambia railroad, circa 1971-1972

Open House on Trains and Railroads on May 10th, 2019


Friday, May 10th, marks the sesquicentennial of the Golden Spike, the ceremonial completion of the first transcontinental railroad. In honor of the occasion, curators Eitan Kensky, Kathleen Smith, and Ben Stone are organizing an Open House in Green Library from 11:00am to 3:00pm. In addition to material documenting the American transcontinental railroad and railroads in the United States, this event highlights stories of other significant trains and transportation networks around the world.

Image of a printed program from a Standard Hour broadcast

Historic Standard Hour radio broadcasts now accessible in SearchWorks

The Archive of Recorded Sound, in collaboration with the Stanford Media Preservation Lab, recently completed the digitization and cataloging of 684 analog recordings of The Standard Hour radio broadcasts that occurred between 1938 and 1955.  This extensive project was generously funded through the Recordings at Risk program sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).   

Oldest known publication within the ARS Sheet Music Collection.

13,000 sheet music titles now available for research

February 12, 2019
by Benjamin E. Bates

Staff at the Archive of Recorded Sound have, for the first time, created a complete inventory of the ARS Sheet Music Collection. This culmination of over 13,000 published titles was generated through various donations during the Archive's first 60 years (1958-2018). The vast majority of titles within the collection are popular music scores published in the United States along with publications from England, France, Italy, and elsewhere. 

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