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From the Crates to the Archives: Preserving Popular Music Recordings in Contemporary Southeast Asia

  • NYPL for the Performing Arts, The Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound (Third Floor) 40 Lincoln Center Plaza New York, NY, 10023 United States (map)

Join us for a talk and listening session with Nate Hun (Cambodian Vintage Music Archive) and David Novak (University of California Santa Barbara) focused on rare vinyl, cassettes, and digital files from Southeast Asia. 


About the Speakers:

Nate Hun is a Cambodian music/film enthusiast and collector. He worked with director John Pirozzi as an associate producer on the acclaimed documentary film Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll (2014), and co-founded the Cambodian Vintage Music Archive, which aims to locate collectors to preserve digital copies of Cambodian popular music recordings.

David Novak is an associate professor and director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation (2013) and co-editor of Keywords in Sound (2015). His current book project, Diggers: A Media Archaeology of Global Popular Music, theorizes musical globalization through networks of record and cassette collectors, labels, archives, and digital preservation projects.

The event takes place in the Third Floor Screening Room of the Library for the Performing Arts. For questions, contact (212) 870-1663.