July 2015

I’m sorry, but I’m not who you think I am

July 2nd, 2015|

Faith can move mountains. If a German thinks there is a captain standing before him, then there is a captain standing before him. Most of the time, anyway.


June 2015

Registration is now open for Europeana Sounds 2015: The future of historic sounds

June 30th, 2015|

The international conference “Europeana Sounds 2015: The future of historic sounds“ celebrates one of Europe’s often overlooked cultural treasures: its vast sound heritage. As part of a wider trend to keep this essential part of our shared culture alive, a number of initiatives are working to give online access to collections which otherwise would be invisible; including the oldest existing recording of a Mozart work and the only known recording of the great French poet, Guillaume Apollinaire.


Celebrating summer with fire or water?

June 24th, 2015|

Summer is coming and to welcome it, let’s discover two sound archives dealing with the classical elements : fire and water. One archive from Provence presents Saint Jean celebration and the other one from Serbia introduces Dodole ritual. […]

Jāņi, midsummer solstice celebration in Latvia

June 23rd, 2015|

To a casual observer, Jāņi might seem just another good occasion to come together with friends and have a barbecue, a beer, and some good discussions. But why are there bonfires everywhere, oak leaf and flower wreaths on people’s heads, and folksongs with the refrain “Līgo, līgo” that people sing when coming together on the evening of June 23, and through all night and on June 24? […]

Let’s travel through times with sounds

June 18th, 2015|

From an evocation of  the Battle of Clontarf which took place in a coastal village near Dublin on 23 April 1014 to an amateur chorus recorded in Greece 20 years ago, we offer you a unique travel through time. […]

Meet two leading gaelic tradition-bearers

June 16th, 2015|

In many parts of Scotland, stories and songs were passed from generation to generation via the oral tradition and this was very common in Gaelic-speaking communities in the Highlands and Islands. People would gather together in someone’s house for a cèilidh where songs would be sung and stories would be told, particularly if a well-known storyteller was present. Annie and Calum Johnston came from such a community, raised on a croft on the Hebridean island of Barra, where the oral traditional was very rich and many of the stories and songs had originated hundreds of years before.