CANCELLED – Deadline 2025: Analogue Magnetism

7 June
Location informationArc Cinema
Event cost$10

Please note: This event has been CANCELLED. We apologise for any inconvenience.


Following Vinyl Lounge, join producer and engineer Louis Montgomery (Safia, Young Monks) and the NFSA’s Audio Specialist Ross Garrett and Creative Producer Sam Dignand as they showcase some of Australia’s most iconic music studio sessions, played directly from multitrack tapes held in our collection.

These are rare and important recordings made on magnetic tape. This analogue format used to record audio, video and data for decades, is at risk.

There is now consensus among audiovisual archives internationally that the industry will not be able to support large-scale digitisation of magnetic media in the very near future. Tape that is not preserved digitally by 2025 will in most cases be lost forever.

As the NFSA races against time to digitise its magnetic tape collection, we pause to celebrate a recording medium still revered by many.