McLuhan Fellow Sandy Pearlman (2013-2014) in conversation with Carl Haber, Oct. 2, 3 to 6 PM


Sandy Pearlman

Sandy Pearlman: University of Toronto, Marshall McLuhan Centenary Fellow, Dean’s Professor for Interdisciplinary Innovation Producer: Blue Oyster Cult, Clash, Dream Syndicate, Dictators, et al

McLuhan Fellow Sandy Pearlman (2013-2014) in conversation with Carl Haber 

What do Alexander Graham Bell’s Voice, Thomas Edison’s Dolls, and the Grateful Dead Have in Common? 
Carl Haber, of course! Come hear how MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellow, particle physicist, audio preservationist, and Digital Humanities scholar Carl Haber went from tracking subatomic particles to saving the world’s rarest and most fragile sound recordings. He and his colleagues at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California developed IRENE, a technology that extracts high-quality sound recordings from degraded and broken analog media. Wax cylinders, shellac, lacquer, metal discs, and tinfoil – all have been used to record the voices and the music of the past. Without IRENE, many of these recordings would have been lost forever. Now, they form a lasting part of the world’s cultural and musical heritage.

Carl Haber is an experimental physicist. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University and is a Senior Scientist in the Physics Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California. Most of his research interest involves the development of instrumentation and methods for detecting and measuring particles created at high energy colliders such as the Tevatron at Fermilab. These interests have also led him, and his colleagues, to apply techniques in use in this research to the topic of sound restoration. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
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Lecture Title: Don’t Go Softly into that Good Night, IRENEPreserving our Musical Heritage

Speaker: Carl Haber (Audio Preservationist & Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory)

When: Friday, October 2, 2015, 3:006:00 pm

Where: Room 120, Edward Johnson Building, Faculty of Music, 80 Queen’s Park

To attend, send an email to:

2 Responses to “McLuhan Fellow Sandy Pearlman (2013-2014) in conversation with Carl Haber, Oct. 2, 3 to 6 PM”

  1. Hail McLuhanGalaxy!

    I love your work, and your dedication to a decisive and visionary thinker. Bravo on your erudition.

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    • Thank you. I checked out your blog and will read it more thoroughly when I have time. I’ll add your link to my blogroll……..Alex

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