HOLLYWOOD — With gloved hands, Claus Trelby held the fragile tape, an original recording of a Frank Sinatra session, dusted it off, and threaded it carefully into his machine. Then he pushed a button and watched as it played for the very last time, disintegrating and flaking off onto the floor in a small pile of “brown snow.”
The original was gone forever. But no matter. Trelby, the director of technology for Iron Mountain, had captured it in a digital recording, a critical step to ensure that this musical gem would live for generations to come.