International Journal on Digital Libraries

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 233–249 | Cite as

Tape music archives: from preservation to access

  • Carlo Fantozzi
  • Federica Bressan
  • Niccolò Pretto
  • Sergio Canazza


This article presents a methodology for the active preservation of, and the access to, magnetic tapes of audio archives. The methodology has been defined and implemented by a multidisciplinary team involving engineers as well as musicians, composers and archivists. The strong point of the methodology is the philological awareness that influenced the development of digital tools, which consider the critical questions in the historian and musicologist’s approach: the secondary information and the history of transmission of an audio document.


Cultural memory Audio collections Tape music A/D transfer Metadata 



The authors would like to thank Nicola Castaman, Mirco Maniero, Laura Nao and all the engineers who contributed to the coding of the tools described in Sect. 3.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information EngineeringUniversity of PadovaPadovaItaly
  2. 2.IPEM Research Centre, Department of Art, Music and Theater StudiesGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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