Back at the NFSA
Our meetings this week at the National Film and Sound Archive allow Nora and me the opportunity to reconnect with friends made during our previous visit two years ago, particularly Matthew Davies, the Senior Curator of Recorded Sound (pictured), and the point person for this year's Sound Garden. In addition to allowing us a chance to review tech needs and discuss legal obligations, these meetings gave Matthew a chance to hear a prototype of the garden, and the two of us a chance to discuss potential topics for my keynote address to the Australasian Sound Recordings Association Conference in Canberra this August when we return. One thing I like about NFSA personnel, by the way, is that they often wear more than one hat. Archivist Graham McDonald is a folk music expert, while Vincent Plush, Head of Cultural Programmes, is a composer and writer known worldwide. Matthew, on the other hand, is a denizen of Second Life, where he plays concerts several times a week to beyond capacity crowds. If you visit Second Life yourself you might want to check him out. His avatar's name is OhMy Kidd.