Gecko digitizes Lars Fredrikson’s sound works

The first retrospective of Lars Fredrikson is organized at the MAMAC of Nice.

Lars FredriksonLars Fredrikson is an artist born in 1926 in Stockholm and who died in 1997 in Vevouil, France.

« Painter, draftsman, sculptor and sound artist, Lars Fredrikson explores, in the 1970s, the relationship between the immaterial space of sculpture and sound. His research then approaches synaesthesia, wishing the viewer to become aware of his body. »

In 2019, the MAMAC is designing, in collaboration with the New National Museum of Monaco, the first major retrospective of Lars Fredrikson. The work of this pioneering artist, who died almost anonymously in 1997, has been enjoying a rediscovery and a re-reading in recent years. Large groups of works have recently entered the collections of the Pompidou Center, GAM Turin and other public and private international collections.

Gecko is happy to have completed the digitization of Lars Fredrikson’s sound works. A selection can now be heard at the MAMAC in Nice (France) for the first time since their creation. The digitization of mono, stereo, and quadraphonic audio creations in very high-definition (24-bit/192kHz) has shed light on the exceptional width of the sound spectrum created by his audio experiments, some of which date back nearly 50 years.

Lars Fredrikson Estate, under the direction of Gaël Fredrikson, son of the artist, presents this exhibition until March 22, 2020.

For more information (in French):

MAMAC – Journal of the exhibition (PDF)
Pompidou Center (France)

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GECKO at the FIAT/IFTA conference in Dubrovnik – See you there !

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The yearly FIAT/IFTA conference is an important gathering moment for anyone in the field of audiovisual archiving.

We are glad to announce that GECKO will be a sponsor and present an exhibition table at the FIAT/IFTA conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia from Oct. 23rd to Oct. 25th 2019.

We’ll be happy to see you there !
15th October, 2019

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Safeguarding the RTS broadcast lacquer disc: Challenges of a multifaceted project – At IASA annual conference, 3rd October 2019 (HILVERSUM, NL)

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The 80,000 lacquer disc audio recordings of RTS (Radio Télévision Suisse) are a unique collection spanning from the 1930’s until the 1950’s. The disc collection covers contents ranging from radio dramas to classical music, news reports, etc. The various types of lacquers used throughout the years make this collection an interesting case study, from a chemist and/or a curator point of view. The digitization of these broadcast archives is an 8-year long service provided by the French GECKO company.

Eric Monge, IT manager at GECKO, will present MADAMS, GECKO’s in-house workflow and database management system. Karen Beun, production manager, will focus on the technical workflow, and go into details about the metadata provided and the various disc playback techniques used throughout the project. Finally, Emiliano Flores, restoration manager, will present the digital restoration aspect of the project.

Rebecca Rochat, preventive preservation expert, will present her digital guide with the results of her several-year long research on lacquer discs, which is expected to be an important landmark for all specialists of the topic. A chemist and microscopic approach to the deterioration of lacquer discs will be developed.

 

Link to IASA

 

23rd September, 2019 

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The Nuremberg Recordings – Listening to the XXth century– At IASA annual conference, 1st October 2019 (HILVERSUM, NL)

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The Nuremberg trial was certainly one of the key moments of the XXth century. Only a small percentage of the trial was filmed, but the entirety of its verbatim audio was recorded on two complete sets of lacquer discs, each containing around 4000 disc sides of 15 minutes.

The “A” set, recorded on the best type of Presto discs, has been preserved by the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the Netherlands, and has now been moved to the National Archives of the Netherlands.

The French GECKO company has completed the digitization and digital restoration of this collection.
In this presentation, Emiliano Flores, project manager at GECKO, will discuss the various technical aspects of this outstanding project, revealing new documentary elements along the way.

link to IASA 

 

20th september, 2019

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Nuremberg Trial audio recordings : the digitization and restoration project is complete !

Gecko is proud to announce that we have finally completed the digitization and digital restoration of the Nuremberg Trial audio recordings.

Shortly after WW2, in 1945-46, the historical trial of the highest-ranked living Nazis was only partially filmed, but it was entirely recorded on 2,000 16-inch instantaneous discs, for a total duration of around 1,200 hours.

The recordings were then careful kept undisclosed at the International Court of Justice in The Hague for 70 years. In 2018, Gecko was chosen to have the honor and responsibility of safeguarding and restoring the audio content of the trial in high definition digital format.

An outstanding project which took us more than a year to complete in the highest degree of confidentiality.

These recordings of immense historical importance will soon be available to the public, for the first time.

The memory institutions involved in this project are : the International Court of Justice (The Hague, Netherlands), the USHMM (Washington D.C., USA), and the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France).

 

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16th September 2019

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Gecko safeguards the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) sound archives

Gecko is happy to start a new collaboration with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the safeguard of its sound archives, another proof of the trust put in Gecko by the ECHR. This second contract for the Court consists in the high definition digitization of audio recordings on cassettes dating from the years 1990-2010. These historical recordings are of great legal importance.

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VIAA awards Gecko its 6,800 cassettes digitization project

We are pleased to announce the imminent start-up of the VIAA-led audio cassettes digitization project.

announcer-316587_1280This batch, one of the two offered by VIAA (one audio and one video) consists of media collected from 28 content partners, with a total of almost 6,800 audio cassettes, to be processed in our facilities for one year.

Our team, trained and experienced in the handling, transport and processing of unique documents are key assets that ensure proper organization of the project.

The parallelized digitization chain linked to our internally-developed database control and management software, combined with our capacity to process more than 20,000 cassettes a year, will also enable us to efficiently meet the technical requirements of the project, as soon as practicable.

About VIAA

VIAA is the Institute for Archiving, created in 2012 by the Flemish Government (Belgium), whose tasks are as follows:

– Digitization: digitizing existing material from the heritage and media sectors;
– Archiving: long-term storage of digital material and indexation so that it can be used by different audiences;
– Dissemination: making digital material available, to schools, libraries and researchers, among others.

Learn more about VIAA

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The terminology of audio phenomena in digital sound archives

On the occasion of the 2018 World Day For Audiovisual Heritage on October 27th, Gecko presents its study on an aspect of the audio archiving practice.

This presentation was initially given during the IASA 2018 Annual Conference in Ghana on October 3rd, 2018.

It was recorded to open more widely the debate to those who are absent, but also to people interested in the subject, whatever your place of residence and involvement in the field of the archive. The video will serve as a basis for discussion and reflection on the issues it raises.

The description of audio flaws and peculiarities of a sound document is part of the audio archiving practice as it formulates the link between the history of the carrier and the nature of the recorded sound, at the time of digitization.

In a context of worldwide globalization and sharing, the accessibility of audio collections cannot do without a good understandability of the idioms used in this description. Yet, we observe that the terminologies used are not the same between two countries, two institutions, two digital collections, two digitization operators.

With 13 years of experience in digitizing audio carriers for major European institutions, Gecko has acquired a valuable knowledge of these issues and wishes to share a practical survey on the homogenization of the specific descriptive audio technical words, based on past and on-going digitization projects.

An approach will be proposed by Emiliano Flores that avoids both inaccurate or erroneous idioms and prevents the coexistence of many different words for one audio phenomenon.

The presentation also aims at opening a discussion on the topic of one-to-one idiom matches between languages, with the future in mind.

More details on 2018 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.

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Gecko team will be present at the FIAT / IFTA World Conference 2018!

The 42nd Annual World Conference will be held from 9th to 12th October 2018 at Palazzio Labia.

This meeting aims at gathering all professionals in the field of audiovisual archives and inviting them to exchange on the following theme: “The Archive’s Renaissance: Navigating the Future, Channeling the Past”. During four complete days, conferences, presentations and workshops will follow one another to allow a transmission of knowledge and the continuity of debates already launched at an international level.

Partners in the preservation of your sound archives, we will be present in Venice during the entire conference to meet you, share our knowledge and enhance our common experience.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you are attending the conference.

See you soon !

More details on FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2018.

 

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Discover our vision for archiving at IASA 2018 in Ghana!

The International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives will host its 49th conference in Accra this year, from October 1st to 4th.

iasa_ghana_2018-800pxAll participants will be received at the Institute of African Studies to share information on the topic of “Access and Accessibility – Archival Policies and Barriers in the Age of Global Information Exchange”.

On this occasion, Jean-Baptiste Meunier (CEO) and Emiliano Flores (Project Manager) will be on site to present a study entitled “Towards a shared standard terminology in the description of audio phenomena in sound archives of the global digital era”.

Our experience in processing tens of thousands of audio archives has allowed us to highlight the challenges and difficulties to standardize terms used in audio archiving, giving to future generations a unified documentation about the processed carriers.

Our Project Manager will give a presentation on October 3rd at 10 a.m., to propose practical solutions and open up the discussion on that subject.

Read the extract of the conference here.

Learn more about IASA 2018 conference