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Gigs to Gigabytes: Creating Liquid Assets from a Rock and Roll Archive

Friday, March 23, 2006
721 Broadway, Room 006

Kevin will be discussing the creation and maintenance of a corporate music archive for a prolific, improvisational rock and roll band, and adapting the collection to uses in the modern digital marketplace.

This lecture will be followed by a talk by Russ Bennett of NorthLand Visual Design, as part of the Graduate Students Organization Speaker Series, coordinated by The Interactive Telecommunications Program.

Kevin Shapiro is archivist and in-house counsel for Phish, Inc. in Burlington, VT and is responsible for tracking the storage, preservation and uses of all of Phish's audio, video, film and image collections, as well as merchandise, art and memorabilia. He also spearheads the production team responsible for creating archival audio, visual and multi-media Phish releases and marketing materials and lends a hand to the band members' solo projects when needed. Kevin remained as the band's last employee when they retired in 2004, shutting down their management and merchandise companies. He oversaw the re-structuring of archives facilities to serve the Phish legacy.

Russ Bennett visual design projects over the last decade have ranged from sculpture to the layout and visual design for large music festivals. Included in that work are the visual design/ site layout work for all of Phish's large extravaganzas beginning in 1996 and continuing through the jam band's final show in Coventry, VT in August 2004. Russ has created the visual design, 'scene' and site plans for Ben and Jerry's One World One Heart Festivals, the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee, and most recently, Vegoose in Las Vegas.

This event is open to the public. Light refreshments will follow.