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Saturday, October 23 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Archiving Hip-Hop in Theory and Practice

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Roughly forty-five years since hip-hop culture emerged, pioneering artists, life-long fans, industry mavens, and keen collectors have amassed collections of mixtapes, demos, and other recorded artifacts. These collections are essential to the definition of localized hip-hop scenes, providing crucial insights into the people, places, aesthetics, and other often-obscure details that trace the arc of cultural development.

This panel aims to increase the visibility of these collections to recording professionals, imparting an understanding of the emergent role of preservation in hip-hop culture and the cultural, artistic, and historical significance of hip-hop’s early cassette-based recordings (mixtapes, bootleg recordings, “demo” versions, etc.)

We will address the challenges and rewards of maintaining institutional archival practices while supporting the real-world practices of local communities. What are the operational nuances and path dependencies that emerge? Furthermore, we discuss the implementation of technologies needed to preserve, archive, and distribute hip-hop, and how DJs, artists, collectors, archivists, librarians, producers, engineers, and forward-thinking technologists can work together.

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Maria Rice

Chief Mastering Engineer, Peerless Mastering
Maria Rice is a Boston-based mastering and restoration engineer. She has been a Recording Academy member since 2011 and serves as Chapter Governor on the New York Board.  For 12+ years, she has been one of two engineers at Peerless Mastering, working with clientele ranging from indie-famous... Read More →

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Mark Campbell

Northside Hip Hop Archive/University of Toronto
Mark Campbell [aka DJ Grumps] founder at Northside Hip Hop Archive, is a dj, curator, and scholar. As a co-founder at the Bigger than Hip Hop Show at CHRY 105.5fm, Mark djed on and hosted the radio show from 1997-2015.  Mark’s research interests include hip hop archives, afrosonic... Read More →
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Pacey Foster

Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive/UMass Boston
Pacey Foster is an Associate Professor in Management at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and founder of the Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive www.masshiparchive.org. His research focuses on networks and brokerage in creative industries, creative clusters and scenes, and community-engaged archives... Read More →
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Regan Sommer McCoy

Chief Curator and Founder, Mixtape Museum/Columbia University
Regan Sommer McCoy’s professional career started in the music industry almost 20 years ago. She is the founder of The Mixtape Museum (MXM) which celebrates the cultural importance of the mixtape. MXM encourages the research, archiving, preservation, and data analysis of mixtapes... Read More →

Saturday October 23, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
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