Mass Productions rescues first recordings of Whale Songs!

Mass Productions is recovering over 300 out of 1200 audio reels of the first known recordings of humpback whales.

These recordings were made by Frank Watlington and Dr. Robert Payne of Ocean Alliance in Gloucester Massachusetts.

A CLIR recordings at Risk grant is paying to have these historical recordings to be recovered for research.

The 60 year old tapes required cleaning to remove decades of mold and dust.

Mass Productions carefully cleaned the tapes with a proprietary tape cleaning system and put the cleaned tapes onto new reels and tape boxes.

Then Mass productions is digitizing the audio tapes to high resolution 96Khz/24 bit wave files for preservation.

Ocean Alliance is hoping to receive additional grants to digitize the remaining 900 tapes.

More information about the recordings is available in this NPR article.

https://www.npr.org/2014/12/26/373303726/recordings-that-made-waves-the-songs-that-saved-the-whales

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