In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy the unexpected always happens: Arthur Dent, a rather ordinary Englishman, travels with his friend Ford Prefect to distant galaxies and makes surprising discoveries along the way. Ironically, Ford Prefect is a member of an alien race which is intent upon destroying the Earth. He has been living there while working on an encyclopaedia about the planet. Read more
ITMA now offers free online access to a wealth of traditional song material: Inishowen Song Project, Shamrock, Rose & Thistle, PW Joyce Irish Music Microsite, and Online Collections. The latest resource, the Góilín Song Project adds to ITMA’s growing international reputation as a trusted access point for information on Irish traditional song.
Folk singer Ona Sorakienė is one of the most distinct folk singers of the Dzūkija region in southern Lithuania, notable for her unique, colourful vocal timbre and her substantial repertoire of old folklore genres. She was born in 1886 at the Lasavičiai manor in the district of Lazdijai, the county of Gudeliai. Her parents, Adomas and Katrė Grabauskas, were labourers on the manor, and she had four brothers and a sister. Read more
With his father as tutor, sound hunter Leon du Bois (1941) worked as a radio play sound recorder from 1962 until 1986. From 1985 on Leon studied to become audio technician and for the next three years hunted for new sounds for the sound archive. Since 2002 Leon retired from the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision after working 44 years for this institute. Here follows the enthusiastic words of the charismatic former sound hunter Leon du Bois interviewed by Marloes Kunst in 2013. Read more
Dra. Perla Olivia Rodríguez Reséndiz shares her insight in the preservation challenges that Latin America sound archives are facing. Read more
On 23-24 October 2014, 32 representatives from 18 cultural institutions around Europe attended the first Europeana Sounds metadata ingestion training session hosted by the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). This group of 18 cultural institutions comprise the data providers who are selecting content and providing metadata for that content to Europeana Sounds. The training was presented by representatives from NTUA, the Europeana Foundation and the British Library. Read more