670 Tapes from Cabrillo Music Festival to be Digitized

Source: UC Santa Cruz.

UC Santa Cruz has received a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to digitize 670 audio recordings featuring a wide variety of works performed at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music from 1964 to 1990.

The recordings were originally made by Berkeley community radio station KPFA. They were later transferred to the Bay Area music non-profit organization, Other Minds, which in 2016 donated its archives to UC Santa Cruz’s Special Collections & Archives at McHenry Library. The reel-to-reel tape format is particularly susceptible to degradation, and this grant ensures that the recordings will be preserved for future use.

The project is scheduled to be completed in April 2020. The recordings will be described in a finding aid on the Online Archive of California and made available to patrons on-site and remotely via the Library’s Digital Asset Management System. It is anticipated that they will be an essential resource for musicologists, historians, composers, and students.