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UTSA Interior Design student Raquel Torres' MOMSR design
wins $30,000 design scholarship!

This past Spring semester, The University of Texas at Austin's School of Architecture Assistant Professor Tamie Glass gave her Third Year Interior Design students a project to design the interior space for our Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording. Three of her students entered their MOMSR design projects in a national competition and Raquel Torres (far left in the Museum wirh Sarah and Ronnie) won a $30,000 Angelo Donghia Senior Student Scholarship in Interior Design. The story is featured on the UT School of Architecture’s home page and in The Daily Texan.

Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording - Teac A-3340, Model 2 with MB 20A very essential goal is to create a permanent home, open to the public, for the vintage reel tape recorder recording collection.  That collection presently has over 200 reel to reel tape recorders and 100+ microphones and other items related to magnetic sound recording.  In addition to preserving and displaying the magnetic recording equipment, we are setting goals of creating a significant permanent museum that will: research and archive information about sound recording; provide education about the history of sound recording; and display related documents, manuals, catalog, magazines and memorabilia.

When completed, the museum will display the vintage equipment in a setting that provides perspective on how the units were used.  Most will be able to be demonstrated.  There will be rooms that show how early recording studios were equipped.  Items will be displayed with memorabilia of the same period. There will be areas for restoration of the equipment where folks can view how the recorders work and see how the technology developed.  Initially, the Theophilus vintage reel tape recorder recording collection, related documentation and web content will be on loan to and may eventually be donated to the museum once a facility is established. 

Our belief is that creating a viable permanent public museum that includes magnetic sound recording will require a much larger facility that attracts a significant number of visitors. Our vision is a facility that incorporates all the sound recording media elements including: broadcasting, education, music, science, film sound recording and historical memorabilia related to musicians and sound recording technology.  Education regarding acoustics and the science of sound, including developments in technology for persons with hearing disabilities.  Each entity would have its own unique area in the museum from acoustic sound recording devices through tape and digital.  We found that there are several wonderful media collections in existence that are unavailable to the public except for very limited exhibitions, because they have no permanent facility. This larger museum would bring together these vintage collections from each of the media categories and make them permanently available to the public.

Our dream is to have a world class facility in Austin, Texas, "The Live Music Capital of the World" that reflects the rich sound recording history and brings it alive in an exciting and innovative museum.  The ideal setting would have two functioning recording studios that tie into a live performance stage.  There would be a theater to show video about sound recording production. 

In the end, we view the Museum as a significant destination facility for Austin and Texas.  We welcome all inquiries about and recommendations for the endeavor. Thank you!

Please help us make this Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording a reality - Support US!

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Draft layout of the Museum of magnetic Sound Recording by Lloyd Cates

click on the image for a view of the fraft Museum layout by Museum Board member Lloyd Cates


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Tour our collection! 

We offer seven hours of 50 video segments via download about our reel to reel tape recorder and microphone collection and the history of magnetic recording available at this link.

ORDER THE VIDEO FILES ON LINE - was 14.95  NOW only $9.95

There are 50 QuickTime H264 854 X 480 files in this download.  Play on MAC OS or Windows Media Player

While most content deals with the history and manufacturers of the reel to reel tape recorder, or tape deck, we cover many aspects of magnetic recording.

We provide 48 hours during which to download the files. After that the file access will expire.  Once the files are downloaded they are yours to keep.

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