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Conference Programme


9:30-10:00 Registration, coffee
10:00-10:30 Welcome words by Dr. Rimvydas Laužikas, Professor of digital SSH and the Head of Department of Museology in the Faculty of Communication of Vilnius University
blank Europeana Sounds – encore! by Richard Ranft, Head of Sound and Vision, British Library & Project Coordinator of Europeana Sounds

What exactly is Europeana Sounds ? Join us in a celebration of its achievements and a summary of how this multinational project has helped to unlock sound collections.

10:30-12:00 Folk song collecting from the Gypsy Traveller community in the British Isles and empowering the next generation to collect by Sam Lee, British folk singer and traditional music specialist

Sam Lee is an award-winning folk singer and founder of the Song Collectors Collective, a UK based organisation whose aim is to document the last remnants of oral culture left in the UK and Ireland hosting the archives of sound and film of tradition bearers. This year the SCC has launched an online training program for empowering a new generation of collectors. This presentation will show some of the unique discoveries being made of ancient song on Sam’s travels, and the importance of documenting and making this material available to the families themselves and to the wider public.

Saving the Songs- Early 20th century recording techniques as used by John Lorne and Margaret Campbell in the Hebrides, by Fiona Mackenzie, Gaelic Singer, Archivist and Manager of Canna House for the National Trust for Scotland

John Lorne and Margaret Campbell, together, inthe 1930’s and 40’s collected over 1500 sound recordings of Hebridean (and Nova Scotian) Songs and Stories, which are now curated by the National Trust for Scotland, in Canna House on the tiny Island of Canna in the Outer Hebrides. Margaret Campbell wrote a paper in the 1950’s entitled « Saving the Songs » which describes the physical process which she and her husband went through in recording this priceless legacy- the machines they used, the pro’s and con’s of each one, where they were bought and the political implications of importing such equipment! This is the re-presentation of that paper, this time enhanced with some of Margaret’s stunning collection of black and white photogrpahy and film from the 1930’s. The presentation will also include examples of the sound archive they produced on this equipment as well as sung interpretations of some of those songs.

Enrichment and participation, by Maarten Brinkerink, Public Participation and Innovative Access Expert, Knowledge and Innovation, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

Maarten Brinkerink leads the work package Enrichment and Participation within Europeana Sounds. In this work package focus is on further unlocking the aggregated sound collections, by applying automatic, assisted and crowdsourced metadata enrichment methods. The work consists of a combination infrastructural development for Europeana, application development for specific user scenarios and community activities for public engagement. In his presentation Maarten takes the experience from Europeana Sounds to sketch a strategy for the sustainable enrichment of cultural heritage.

12:00-13:00 Free lunch will be provided for everybody.
13:00-14:30 Searching of the lost materials: Southeast Lithuanian (Dzūkian) Dances recorded in the 1930s by Gaila Kirdienė, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

On the 19th of November 1935 dozen of Dzūkian dances were carefully documented (recorded on phonograph, choreography verbally described and some filmed) by the Lithuanian Folklore Archive for the first time. Later on some tunes have been transcribed and published together with the verbal choreographic descriptions. Unfortunately a lot of these audio recordings were destroyed during the WWII. Fate of the filmed materials is unknown, but it is supposed that some of them could remain in the private archives, maybe brought to the USA. In Lithuanian archives we have left very scarce Dzūkian dance fragments filmed in this period. Versions only of some of these dances have been documented later. It would be of great folklorists’ and the general public’s interest to learn how these dances looked and sounded. Could there be helpful international on-line gateways of music heritage?

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Europeana Music Collections: Getting people involved with music archives by Joris Pekel, Community Coordinator Cultural Heritage, Europeana Foundation

Europeana brings together over 50 million cultural heritage objects from over 3500 countries. In 2016 Europeana has started to bring a more tailored experience by introducing the thematic collections. Alongside Art, Music was chosen as a first theme and a platform dedicated to Europe’s musical heritage was launched. New here is that the site has been a true collaboration between the music archives, the content experts, and Europeana, the technical party. During this presentation the results, achievements and lessons learned will be discussed.

Online access presentation by Lisette Kalshoven, Advisor on copyright, heritage and open education, Kennisland

The current copyright reform can have far going consequences for how cultural heritage institutions can publish audio and audio-related heritage online. In this session we will discuss the current status of this European-wide reform, and how we can make our voices heard.

14:30-15:00 Coffee
15:00-17:00 Making performances permanent: play/record/share by Joris Pekel, Community Coordinator Cultural Heritage, Europeana Foundation

Europeana Sounds has been responsible for publishing thousands of pieces of sheet music for everyone to find, study and play. A recording however is not always available. For this session we have invited a musician to change this. Together with the archives, pieces of music will be live selected, played, recorded and added to the wealth of musical heritage.

Performance by Lakker

In this presentation Lakker will delve into their most recent release, ‘Struggle & Emerge’ on R&S Records, and the RE:VIVE project that initiated it. They will discuss the concepts, inspirations and processes behind the record, both sonically and visually.

Lithuanian traditional music: from archives to life by the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre band “Tatato

Performance will represent songs and instrumental music from different ethnographic regions of Lithuania. Participants will be introduced to national heritage – polyphonic Lithuanian multi part songs which are included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List since 2010.