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Traveling through recordings of Jean-Philippe Rameau

…in BnF ‘s digitised sound collections

250 years after his death, Jean-Philippe Rameau is widely commemorated in this year 2014. This may be the right moment to do a quick review of Rameau’s recorded works available through BnF’s digitised collection. Illustrating a half century of recorded baroque music (ca 1900-1950), the collection helps us understand the changes that affected how this music was played and recorded in the first half of the 20th century. Read more


“We are living an age which is celebrating and exploring as never before the world of listening” – Meet with David Hendy

Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Sussex in Brighton (United Kingdom), David Hendy is a researcher in the fields of cultural History and Multimedia sound, author of four books, essays and a regular contributor to several academic journals. The British audience got to know him through the 30 episode series on BBC radio 4 that inspired his latest book: Noise: a Human History of sound and listening. Read more


“Noise gives sensual depth to the great struggles of the past” – Meet with David Hendy

Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Sussex in Brighton (United Kingdom), David Hendy is a researcher in the fields of cultural History and Multimedia sound, author of four books, essays and a regular contributor to several academic journals. The British audience got to know him through the 30 episode series on BBC radio 4 that inspired his latest book: Noise: a Human History of sound and listening.

Here is the first part of our interview with David Hendy. Read more


Sounds that can be storytellers

Audio contents are very useful historical sources. From oral testimonies to speeches, from traditional songs to the break out of revolutions, sounds are a part of our history, memory and culture. Read more



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