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Offline remix of sounds in the Netherlands thanks to the King!

On Monday the 27th of April the Dutch are celebrating that they don’t have to work, because the King of the Netherlands doesn’t want his people to work during his birthday (except for all those who work somewhere really important like citizens working in police, fire stations or hospitals. And bars, obviously). Read more


Meet with Puponys village singers

Few decades after the Second World War there was a number of students from rural areas who graduated at Vilnius University. These students were involved in an ethnocultural movement called “Ramuva”, formed by various ethnomusic ensembles. They started to organise field recording sessions, to document and archive Lithuanian folklore.

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Nightingale and French hand-kisses: an entertaining walk through nature and folklore

In the arts, the nightingale has forever been an important symbol for love, as a herald of spring, a source of inspiration, as well as for melancholy and death. In music, she dominates over all other birds due to her virtuosity and extensive repertoire. The universal scholar Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680) considers the nightingale’s song as nature’s perfect idea of musical art and likely presents in his compendium “Musurgia Universalis” (1650) the first transcription of its song. Read more


“They shall hear the dead speak!”

“They shall hear the dead speak!” that was the shocking announcement that proclaimed how new the ceremony taking place in the cellars of the Paris Opera on December 24th 1907 was.

What happened on that day was unprecedented. In the Opera cellars, 24 single-sided records were deposited in lead urns. Read more


Making licensing for audio-material easier

In March the Europeana Sounds Rightsholder Consultation Workshop was held in the beautiful Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels. This workshop marked an important point in the work of our licensing guidelines workpackage (WP3). Read more


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