As well as audio recordings, Europeana Sounds made accessible thousands of audio-related objects that contextualize and enrich audio content. These include printed and manuscript music scores, texts such as transcripts of oral history interviews, books, booklets, videos and images such as drawings, photographs, and paintings, that are related to audio content.
Many contributors will make available images of sound recording labels and covers, providing information as found on the original resource. Photographs of historical recording and playback equipment are included to provide information about the recording processes used and to display the method of playing recordings over time.
Find below our latest blogposts about audio-related materials:
During 2016 the Europeana Sounds project consortium curated the Europeana Music Collections. We’ve explored plenty of themes over the year including European composers, Mongolian folk music, the Vienna court opera and Antonio Salieri and now we’re ready to find some more for 2017. The curation has involved our project partners highlighting the sheer breadth of audio heritage which is available in Europeana Music and highlighting musical gems which may have otherwise been hidden to the untrained searcher. […]
The British Library is curating Europeana Music Collections in February, with musical instruments of Africa!
This month, we take a look at musical instruments of Africa. The musical instruments of Africa are well represented on Europeana Music Collections, thanks to the wide and varied records from Musical Instrument Museums Online (MIMO). This blog gives just a glimpse into some of the different types of instruments that can be found in Africa. […]
The First Sound Recordings of the Archives of Latvian Folklore, Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia
In 1924, six years after the foundation of the Latvian State, the Archives of Latvian Folklore (ALF) were founded. The aim of this institution was “to collect, publish and study” Latvian folklore. […]
On the evening of Tuesday 24 January the British Library hosted the final sell-out Sound (re)discovery event. The evening was a showcase of live music and a demonstration of early sound recording with 40 tickets available – and all were sold out before the day. We were joined by members [...]
Cultural Middlesmen: Jiddish Songs and Sound Impressions at the Beginning of the 20th Century – A glimpse of Eastern Europe’s lost Shtetl Culture
“On Friday nights, every Jew is a king” (“fraytik for der nakht iz a yeder yid a meylekh), the song Fratig ze nachts (On Friday night), rhapsodises nostalgic images of an ideal Jewish day of rest. The song, among other Yiddish-speaking recordings in the findings of the Österreichische Mediathek, allows a glimpse back on Jewish life in Eastern Europe. From the beginning of the 20th century until the outbreak of the Second World War, Lviv/Lemberg, then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, was one of the most important centres of Jewish music and culture. […]
Between Christmas and New Year’s Eve the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision organised their (re)discovery event on the theme “History of Sound”. […]
The Fonotipia record label has left a legacy that is still recognised today by music lovers for its artistic as well as technical value. From 1904 on, Fonotipia engineers recorded famous singers, soloists, famous orchestras, an extraordinary repertoire that could then be heard all over the world. With more than 700 Fonotipia recordings in its collection, the Audiovisual Departement of the BnF invites you to (re)discover the label’s rich legacy. […]