Curator of UCSB's Special Wax Cylinder and 78 rpm record collections!
My guest for today's show is not an artist, but he's in charge of preserving and curating a bit chunk of the arts. We have David Seubert on the show today, and he is Curator of the performing arts collection at the UCSB library, and is in charge of their massive collection of wax cylinders and 78 records.
David and his department at the UCSB library recently moved into a fancy new building and I got a tour of the new facility. Their are thousands and thousands of records, all cataloged and in nice new sleeves, but more importantly over the years the library has been busily digitizing their collection for all of us with an internet connection to check out. Go to their website to start browsing the collection. Thanks to UCSB library for having me and obviously to David for giving me the full tour. They have art and manuscripts and rare books and so much more. And it is accessible to the general public, so check it out.
In this interview we talk about the collection, about copyright issues, about wax cylinders and how they were sold, along with little big about David himself, like how he parlayed his love of music into this job.