The Wire goes underground into the vaults of the British Library’s Sound Archive.
“The 20th century was about audiovisual material, our memory of the 20th century is heavily audiovisual, but our sense of the 21st century is going to be a different kind of audiovisual…. archiving is not going to be so much about what we can bring in, but about what to exclude. Otherwise you’re going to end up with a white noise of information which is completely incomprehensible,” says Will Prentice, British Library Audio Engineer and Conservation Specialist.
This documentary presents an insider tour of the Library’s vast archive and of its digitization and curating activities with key sound specialists. Nathan Budzinski interviews Popular Music Curator Andy Linehan, Audio Engineer & Conservation specialist Will Prentice, and Wildlife Sounds Curator Cheryl Tipp.