Stuck inside of Nelson: Local firm Starchive scores big with Bob Dylan archive

5/07/14

It took two years to get Bob Dylan organized, but a small software company nestled in Nelson County has finally done it. Bluewall Media recently helped Dylan and his staff archive and digitalize more than 60 years worth of his iconic music, photographs, written documents, video, and film footage. In the years to come, Dylan fans may not only see an entire box set of the musician’s work released but also previously unreleased tracks or remastered and remixed versions of old favorites……. It’s all thanks to Bluewall Media’s pride and joy: a software program called Starchive, which the company spent the last 10 years developing. The program allows an artist to easily and quickly digitalize, organize, and even manipulate large caches of material in a bevy of high-quality formats. Dylan was Bluewall Media’s first client to use Starchive, according to the company’s founder Peter Agelasto. “They did take a risk, because we were just some bright-eyed kids from Virginia,” said Agelasto, speaking from his office in Roseland, about 30 miles southwest of Charlottesville. Agelasto can’t reveal exactly how much material Dylan’s staff has archived because of a non-disclosure agreement, but he said it was more than 100,000 pieces of audio, print, video, and still images. “It’s a mind-blowingly unending river of material,” said Agelasto. “They could probably have a million things because Dylan was at the epicenter of American culture.”…….. Read More

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